When you think of classic wrestling games more often than not the most fondly remembered ones were created by one developer. AKI in Japan. From WWF No Mercy and Wrestlemania 2000 AKI has done some of the better wrestling games throughout gaming. Now, Joe Mares and Bob Ramos are working on creating a wrestling game based on the AKI engine but this one is unique. Saturday Knights is planned to be all about the independent circuit. You won’t find John Cena or The Undertaker here. Nor will you find Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins. Instead you get guys like the Young Bucks, Jigsaw (not the Saw movie one), Evil Uno, Willie Mack and more. My question is why is Black Machismo, Jay Lethal not listed on the roster?
The goal of Saturday Knights is to take wrestling games back to the basics- easier controls and more focus on being fun rather than a simulation of the sport. This is good news for fans that feel wrestling games have just gotten too damn complicated to enjoy.
Now, you may have noticed that I said Saturday Knights is “based on” the AKI system. That means the team are not licensing the classic wrestling engine (I am not sure why no one has done that yet). Instead, they are taking cues from the AKI engine and how it played then using the Unity engine to actually handle the game itself. This means that Saturday Knights will be very scalable and should run on just about any hardware. This includes Android and iOS platforms on up to Playstation 3 and PS4 and Xbox One and Windows PC’s.
Starting out the amount they are going for seems quite high, nearly $300k for the minimum goal. This seems high because they are using a pre-built engine as the base. I am no programmer or anything of the sort so this may actually be low. Anyhow, check out their Kickstarter page and see the various match types they plan on including (make sure to look at the stretch goals though to verify where this has to hit to get what you are interested in) and pledge if it looks good to you.
Thanks to I AM A Classic Videogamer Facebook page for the tip on this one.