EDIT 1: Fire Pro Wrestling World has been announced!!
Scroll several posts down for more details
EDIT 2: Title changed!
So it seems that 12 years after the last real Fire Pro, we are finally (probably) getting a revival for the series.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Fire Pro, it's a series of Japanese wrestling games that ran between 1989 and 2005. The last game in the series, Fire Pro Wrestling Returns, was re-released for the US market in 2007 and another game was released for the XBOX arcade. It carried the name Fire Prowrestling but it had nothing to do with the series and was absolutely awful.
The game itself kept the same 2D sprite look through all its iterations but beneath the simple looking graphics lies a *very* complex engine. The game doesn't only has a complex engine but also insane customization options: 500 create a wrestler slots, hundreds (or even over a thousand?) moves and animations but most of all - the ability to customize a wrestler's logic or behavior in every situation and every move of the match.
The deep customization options is what keeps a very loyal wrestling nerd community still play it to this day.
I don't play this game as much as I used to but I shamefully admit it is my favorite game of all time and I follow the forums now and then.
Here is a nice review of the game:
So why am I posting this now?
Well, about a year ago, Spike Chunsoft (the game publisher) posted a simple question on Twitter, asking people if they would be interested in the series revival. When it exploded with nearly 5 thousand people saying Yes!, a teaser was finally posted last week:
Even from a couple of seconds - longtime fans recognized many signs in the teaser that indeed, a new Fire Pro game is coming:
In addition, a new Twitter account has been created with the date 3/2 (this Thursday!), which is the date of GDC where an announcement is expected.
So yeah, me and a couple of other nerds are really excited about this. Assuming it is indeed a new Fire Pro game, I really hope it won't be a Nintendo Switch exclusive as some people speculate. In any case, if it won't come out on PC, I will probably buy the console it comes out on