[PC/STEAM/PS4] Fire Prowrestling World DLC 3 OHMAHGAWDHYPE~! Mar 22, 2019 20:33:58 GMT OrochiGeese, bxnes, and 7 more like this
Post by maikeru on Mar 22, 2019 20:33:58 GMT
Fire Prowrestling World Champion Road II/Birth of a Legend/The Vanishing OHMAHGAWDHYPE~! Thread
Hello, and welcome to yet another sticky thread for hype, conjecture, and anticipation for Fire Prowrestling World's third and final DLC, an original story mode written by the inimitable Goichi Suda (Suda51), of Killer 7 and No More Heroes fame!
GIVE ME THE RUNDOWN.
So, where should I start? I guess I'll start with the premise of the DLC, but in order to do that, we need to talk about a certain Japan-only game from the Fire Pro series.
So, back in 1994, Human Entertainment (the previous company in charge of the Fire Pro series) was looking to make the first of many sequels to a Fire Pro that was supposed to be the final game in the series; a sort of grand dream match game where almost everyone who had been in the Super Famicom games would come back. The name chosen for it was Super Fire Prowrestling Special.
Instead of series creator and director Masato Masuda, the game would be handled by a young creator named Goichi Suda. Seeing the frustration players had with Super Fire Prowrestling 3: Final Bout's single player mode, Suda opted to reframe the single player experience of Fire Pro as being less a gauntlet of increasingly difficult wrestlers, and more a platform for narrative over difficulty. In his eyes, Fire Pro was always more of a party game, so the single player aspect needed some compelling hook to keep people playing.
To that end, he created Champion Road, the series' first story mode. Playing as Morio Smith, a young man looking for a purpose in life, you enter the dojo of Ittetsu Wakamoto, the "Demon Seargeant;" form a partnership with a foreign wrestler both as a sparring partner and later a tag team; and begin wandering Japan as a free agent, taking on all challengers in View Japan and Olive Japan. Along the way, you are mentored by the King of Martial Arts, Akira Saeba; fall in love with his little sister; develop an ultimate technique with the man who taught Victory Musashi all he knows, Karlos Krauser; and eventually bring defeat to the notorious Stacie clan of vale tudo fighters, a family whose patriarch, Nixon, was undefeated in 500 fights.
Things take a turn for the dark when, after a tag team tournament, the legendary British wrestler Dynamic Kid dies in the ring; and, in your search for your teacher Wakamoto, you enter the world of underground wrestling, bringing you face to face with the undisputed ruler of the underground wrestling society, Dick Slender - the man who just killed your partner, tells you to your face he murdered your teacher, and intends to kill you if you decide to challenge him, just as he's done to anyone foolish enough to stand up to him.
The ending of the game is infamous - after defeating Slender, and becoming the true greatest wrestler of all time, no other reason to continue going on remains for Morio Smith. Leaving his friend and lover behind, he commits suicide in a hotel room, a move inspired by the life and death of Kurt Cobain and other troubled geniuses. Saeba's sister is left pregnant with Morio's son.
COOL STORY BRO, BUT WHAT ABOUT THIS MODE?
Well, it picks up 25 years after the end of Champion Road, and thus 25 years after the release of Super Fire Prowrestling Special, with the son of Morio Smith as its main character. Just as Suda meant to show Special as a grittier look at pro wrestling in contrast to the lighter, happier image of the sport in the 90s, Champion Road II is meant to be more introspective, showing the struggles one has to endure to become a wrestler.
Just like your father before you, your character wanders the world as a wrestler looking for greater challenges, learning new techniques along the way. Though the roster has yet to be determined, the headlining characters in the concept art are a team called The Vanishing, consisting of Notorious and his partner, The Blade Saeba.
The story mode will be built off the current story mode code as a base, though unlike the official New Japan content, story sequences are planned to be portrayed in pixel art to be more consistent with the rest of the Fire Pro series.
SO WHEN IS IT COMING OUT?
... We don't know yet! And since Suda51 tends to pour himself into his writing, the process of completing the story may take a bit longer; he says he does his best work in his free time, away from corporate offices. Even so, the plan is to release it later this year. Price will likely be the same as the NJPW collab content on Steam, $19.99 USD.
And speaking of Fire Pro Special... Suda and Tomoyuki Matsumoto are both pushing Spike Chunsoft to possibly re-release Suda's original game on Steam and PSN as a downloadable title. If that happens, we might finally get a true English translation of the rest of the story mode.