Fire Pro Wrestling World slams into early access

Slam your body down and wind it all around as Fire Pro Wrestling World [official site] is now in early access. The long-running series is making its Windows debut and we can pay to get in before the event even starts, watching digital venue staff tidy up code and lay out chairs for sprites. Fire Pro might not have the big brand and 3D-o-vision of 2K’s WWE games but it does offer serious wrestlebiffs – and players are already creating and sharing big-name wrestlers through its fab editor anyway.

Fire Pro Wrestling World is £14.99/19,99€/$19.99 on Steam Early Access. Along with singleplayer fights and 8-player local multiplayer, it does have two-player online bouts with matchmaking.

Developers Spike Chunsoft plan to spend “a few months” in early access, expanding the editor and adding more modes before launching. It might take longer, depending on feedback. For now, Spike Chunsoft do warn of some known bugs.

Hit Fire Pro’s Steam Workshop and you’ll already find plenty of wrestlers from across the world. The most popular ones are American stars such as CM Punk and Hulk Hogan, big Japanese names, and crossovers like Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka. You’ll also find Solid Snake, bears, and the Tsunderetaker.

Here, this recent video from Spike Chunsoft shows how to make your own wrestlers:

9 Comments

  1. noodlecake says:

    This is great! I think the WWE 2K series blew this Fire Pro Wrestling formula out of the water about ten years ago and then continued to get better and better, but it’s nice to see some diversity within the genre. I probably will pick this up at some point.

  2. eljueta says:

    I heard cool things about it but it looks like dog poo. Guess I’ll wait for the reviews.

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    Harlander says:

    Reminds me of MDickie’s oeuvre a bit. It’s probably better, though.

    • wonkavision says:

      I’d like to read a comparison by someone who loved MDickie’s.

      What the world desperately needs is a wrestling management and fighting game that can be used to simulate an eWrestling Federation. Have AI do the matches, but let them be influenced by player strats and storyline influence. Give a wrestler bonus points because his handler wrote a great roleplay. Cause a wrestler to throw a fight or execute some specific maneuver, like a piledriver through a table. Ideally the whole match would play out like a combination of the handlers’ roleplays and the Prez’s storyline and people could just watch the match instead of reading a match written by the Prez or his staff.

      • Grayman says:

        Hi, I haven’t done McDickies but have seen the name around before.
        Older versions of Firepro have been used for eFeds in the past. Wrestlers edits have fully customizable stats, moves, and ai logic. Matches can always be simmed between two or more ai players without a person controlling anyone in the match if you want to. What you can’t do though is plug a set of moves into that match and make it happen or pick the winner.

        The game can give an audience rating after the match, in older versions there would be a choice of several fandoms that liked matches their own way and as well. So that is something you could really use for how over a wrestler is.

        Features in older games but not early access: Your own ring logos and very customizable belts, I think you could plan a whole event to sim, I don’t think any of the games went full blown promotion manager like extreme warfare deluxe though.

        If you would like a game where you can make a wrestler and customize everything about them and then put that into the dice rolls against another character this might be the game for your after early access.

        When you control a wrestler the grappling system is pretty cool too.

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    subdog says:

    8 player online, please and thank you.

  5. level12boss says:

    My taste in graphics is generally pretty liberal and I appreciate a wide range of styles. But I just don’t dig the look here. I’ve seen other games use this same sort of cel shaded, heavy gradient, no texture look and i just don’t think it is appealing in the least. that said i’m looking forward to playing the game, but these graphics put me off and, at first blush at least, diminish my enthusiasm a bit.

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