Fire Pro Wrestling has always been an interesting alternative to the WWE games and it might be coming back. A short teaser for a possible new game was released, though it doesn’t reveal a title or any gameplay. However, it does show involvement from Spike Chunsoft, the developers of the previous Fire Pro Wrestling games.
There is also a teaser website that only has the video and a link to the Spike Chunsoft Twitter account. If the game does end up getting announced, WWE 2K17 will have a big competitor to take on. At the least, there will be another wrestling game for fans that don’t dig the current 2K games series.
A Fiery Announcement?
Gematsu noticed that the name of the Twitter account is 3/2 in San Francisco, hinting at the game’s formal announcement. GDC 2017 will be taking place from February 27 to March 3, so this could be the event the game is announced in. This could also imply an international release, which would be nice, since most of the games in this series stayed in Japan.
Oddly enough, there doesn’t seem to be any mentions of the Fire Pro Wrestling name, which might be saved for the event itself. We could also see a name change, but that might not be likely, since the series has a cult following. It will be interesting to see if the series makes the move to 3D, or if it will stay 2D.
While an announcement is likely coming next week, it would be huge if the developers are planning a 2017 release date. That remains to be seen, as of this writing, but it would mean that this year would be a great one for games. It will be interesting to see if fans choose Fire Pro Wrestling or WWE 2K18, though they might end up buying both.
The last game from the Fire Pro series that came to the West was back in the days of the PS2. Unless gamers had access to Japanese ports, the series has never really been given priority releases to the rest of the world. Here is hoping that the game lives up to expectations, since fans of the series hold each installment with high regard.
In the meantime, players can continue to play WWE 2K17 on various gaming systems. All of the game’s DLC has been released and players can access most of it via the season pass.