It's no secret that one favourite activity in the RPS treehouse is chokeslamming and powerbombing each other. I'm delighted, then, to see Spike Chunsoft announce a revival of the long-running Fire Pro Wrestling series - and this time on PC too. I've not played its console iterations but I have heard good things about proper, serious wrestling simulation and welcome more of that. Wrestling on PC is dominated by 2K's so-so WWE games so, even if the new Fire Pro Wrestling World [official site] is unattractive (and it is!), it'd be nice to have a serious competitor for the belt.
Spike Chunsoft announced the new Fire Pro last week, popping out this trailer:
Talking up features, Spike Chunsoft say:
Create your dream wrestler from over a thousand devastating moves and even more body parts to battle for custom championship belts. Personalize the ring, mat logos and even the referee!
Give your creations personalities with a robust CPU logic system that defines their every action. Does your wrestler play to the crowd, or play dirty? You provide actors for the ringside drama.
From what I know about the series, that's not exaggeration. Deep wrestling! Along with singleplayer, it'll offer local and online multiplayer.
Spike Chunsoft plan to bring Fire Pro Wrestling World to Steam Early Access this summer. They plan to gather feedback on what players want from it, expanding customisation while adding new modes and match options.
Grasshopper's Suda51, who started in games with Fire Pro years ago and has carried that torch with suplexes aplenty in No More Heroes, isn't involved with this but has popped up to offer his support: