iMPACT! delayed until September

Midway's TNA Wrestling game will spend a few more months in development before stepping into the retail ring.

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Wrestling fans have a few extra months to brace for TNA iMPACT!, as Midway today announced that its debut title with the wrestling league's license won't launch until September. Originally set to debut last year, the game will be released on the Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 2.

Featuring a mix of former WWE talents, standouts pulled from the independent circuit, and homemade stars, TNA originated as a pay-per-view-only wrestling series in 2002 and has since expanded to include weekly shows on Spike TV. A full roster of wrestlers to be included in the game has not yet been released, but Midway has confirmed the following:

Jay Lethal, aka Black Machismo.

Abyss
AJ Styles
Alex Shelley
Booker T
Chris Sabin
Christian Cage
Christopher Daniels
Eric Young
Hernandez
Homicide
Jay Lethal
Jeff Jarrett
Kurt Angle
Rhino
Samoa Joe
Scott Steiner
Sting
Tomko

TNA iMPACT! is currently being developed at Midway's LA studio, which previously worked on Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. Before it was acquired by the publisher, it was known as Paradox Development, creators of the Backyard Wrestling series of games.

Discussion

91 comments
nathace
nathace

this just might be better than wwe game!

YamiGuzz
YamiGuzz

eh, it sounds fun i might rent it

amboris
amboris

overall this is gonna be the best wrestling game ever the last time they made a good wrestling game was in 1998 when they made wcw revenge i had that game on n64 and it rocked i am also a huge fan of fire pro wrestling. i enjoyed the recent fire pro game but from the best wrestling comes the best wrestling game TNA impact!! heres another fact the last wwe game was a total letdown i mean cmon wasnt smackdown vs raw 08 suposed to be a good game a score of 5 for the wii and a score of a 6 for the ps3 and then a 6.5 for the 360 can the next smackdown vs raw recover 08 i used to watch wwe but then i saw tna wwe copared to tna is like an nes game being compared to a next gen game

Spoc12
Spoc12

i am actually excited about this game. i use to be a WWE fan but god WWE got really boring so i watched ROH a lot way better then WWE and then TNA and i have to say i enjoy watching it. also i am tired of SVR its soooooooo boring. i want somthing new

K696969
K696969

This will not better than SVR 09

Ghetto_Supastar
Ghetto_Supastar

i already reserved this game i can't wait for September 2 when it comes out for Playstation 2.

tg17
tg17

hope fully theyll do good or decent game looks great

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

The game looks good but its midway and they suck badly. I am not expecting much from this game at all.

kos1085
kos1085

Although I am interested in this game, I have been trying to give TNA a try for several weeks but I just cant get into it.

AdamSky
AdamSky

I am looking forward to this game with High Hopes. Yes, the previous quality of Midway games has me Skeptical too. However, they have the wrestlers adding to the production of the game. This is a 2 year developed game, while SVR games only go into production for 3 or 4 months. THQ doesnt spend alot of resources on it, though they do have talented programmers. As for TNA bashing, I showed people who dont like wrestling, TNA, and they like it better than WWE. WWF is dead to me. WWE is pure "Entertainment" now and very little wrestling. TNA is more lighthearted and doesnt take itself too seriously. As for some people bashing each other for their opinions on here, I am saddened. Wrestling fans can't stick together as Proud wrestling fans anymore. If you take your opinion too seriously, you might make yourself sick. Though it hasnt happened in the wrestling game industry yet, hopefully 2 opposite wrestling brands will be able to have a decent wrestling game out. If not, we will continue to add TNA people to WWE games. Whats with the 32 CAW limit when there are hard drives now, eh?

BergkampFan
BergkampFan

Don't know if this has been mentioned yet or not but these wrestlers have also been confirmed: Kevin Nash Petey Williams Robert Roode Senshi Shark Boy Sonjay Dutt Team 3D Christy Hemme has also been digitized to be included in the game and Mike Tenay is supposed to be an unlockable character if you pre-order your game from Amazon. TNA management always say how they're against men hitting women in their storylines so i'm assuming they want the TNA knockouts left out or something to help with that. That's the only reason i can think of anyway if the knockouts are left out. I think it's unfair if they are left out though as the majority of them are quite talented.

ultralesus
ultralesus

I was worried (and a little upset) about this when I downloaded the new Live video and it said September 2008... Could be a mistake on Midway's part... Many people might opt to just wait for Smackdown since its WWE. Still, if the delay means a bigger roster (Including Gail Kim & the knockouts) or a better game, I'll wait. All these delays must mean they're not happy with the quality and want to make sure they're new liecence is good enough to take on Yukes... well, lets hope so anyway. Fingers crossed.

stevo-millz
stevo-millz

i agree with "Guitarhero 92" there aint been a decent wwe game since shut your mouth! this game looks pretty decent though im gunna give it a try..

westlyside
westlyside

TNA sucks. Full of WWE rejects. The only cool guy on TNA is Petey Williams. Smackdown vs Raw will be forever.

Irve
Irve

yourbeliefs : do you rate someone like Rey Mysterio ? because if you do the whole of the X division is just sooo much better ! as for the stars Samoa Joe might not look it but if you see what he can do in the ring there is a reason the guy is so highly rated in the company and by the fans. i gave up on WWF about 18 months ago and haven't missed it at all ... but i would miss TNA. but as for the game i doubt it will come close to FPR or KOC .. but just hoping that it's a little better than WWF SvR.

chairmundmao
chairmundmao

From the makers of Backyard Wrestling?!? \deleting from gamefly queue

astonmarton123
astonmarton123

does anyone really care about wrestling games anymore?

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

ya know it is really annoying they make some of these games for ps 2 cause the likely hood is all the next gen consoles are getting a not as good version as they would do to accomadate for the ps 2.

Maxx_the_Slash
Maxx_the_Slash

Hopefully they delayed the game so they can stop being sexist and add some TNA Knockouts to the game.

yourbeliefs
yourbeliefs

Maybe they're waiting for TNA to sign some wrestlers that people actually give an S about. I mean I'm a WWF guy (yes, it will never be the WWE to me) and I will be the first to admit that they are in a downturn in terms of storyline and gimmick quality, but TNA's story lines are so inane that you'd rather watch WWF Raw episodes from 1995. I mean I've tried to watch iMPACT and I just can't get any interest in it. First off, any league that has people like Scott Steiner and Sting and Kevin Nash in main events has major issues. Its like watching WCW Nitro from 10 years ago, except with a lot more gray hair and embarrassment. Second, you don't care about any of the other "major" stars. The idea of a main event guy with the name and physique of "Samoa Joe" is about as believable as the idea that wrestling is more "real" than UFC. Kurt Angle should have a title reign reminiscent of Hulk Hogan in the mid 1980s, because with the possible exception of Christian there is no one on that roster who I could possibly believe could beat him. Yes I know that outcomes are pre-determined, but you need to at least put out the illusion that the outcome could possibly happen. And to have another guy who's ENTIRE gimmick is that he is a rip off of the Macho Man, I mean that's just sad. How about we get another guy who comes out with a python in a bag or a guy who comes out wearing a kilt and plays bagpipes? Finally, they have the WORST announcers. I think Jesse Ventura when he's 75 and Gorilla Monsoon in his current state would be better people for the job. The only hope this game has is if it has a good fighting system and very in depth/customizable create-a-wrestler (to create WWF guys) and career mode. If not, I think I'd rather play WWF Challenge on the NES.

ck02623
ck02623

They sure are hyping this a lot, it had better be amazing or people will hate them forever. My hopes aren't very high when I realize that they were the studio behind backyard wrestling.

GothaChu
GothaChu

I would actually like to see a wrestling game be realistic in terms of a wrestling match...

Santhin
Santhin

I find it hard to imagine people really care about a delay in a wrestling game. I mean, yeah, I play them, I'm just saying that my life or purchase cycle has never rotated around the things. It's just like 'Oh, hey I saw one in the store, maybe I should pick it up.'

dabz17
dabz17

aaawww neey tht gay tht bt if they wna make it beta furimuff lol luks like it gna b a gd game tho...

aman27deep
aman27deep

Take as much time as u want midway, but please do NOT disappoint us, we've already been much disappointed by Yukes SvR 08. Just a proper and long nice game and we turn our heels on WWE SvR right away, so please give us a game we will remember for a long time.

PaladinJoo
PaladinJoo

I think it's a good idea that they delay it. Watching some of the videos, it's looking very far from being ready at the moment. Hopefully they'll be able to up the quality of a polished wrestling game. It's a toss-up, seeing as Shaolin Monks was a great little beat em up, but Backyard Wrestling was a craptastic wrestling franchise.

pillarrocks
pillarrocks

Cool at least I don't have to preorder it right away.

Skreb-Masters
Skreb-Masters

Delays usually mean it's not up to snuff yet. Hopefully this should at least be different and offer an alternative to the WWE games. As long as making people tap with Samoa Joe feels satisfying, I'm so getting this.

guitarhero92
guitarhero92

This i gonna kill wwe and wwe games haven't had a good game since shut your mouth

BioShockOwnz
BioShockOwnz

PSdual_wielder: Um, yes. RAW is one of the most watched programs on television. People don't care that it's fake. It's entertainment and it's entertaining to watch.

hunter8man
hunter8man

I'm actually eager to see how this game turns out. I want something other than WWE games for a change. Competition never hurt anyone.

AceTen
AceTen

Who cares? I dont care if this game ever comes out.

rockstar_88
rockstar_88

Somewhere in there, the following should be unlockable characters: Solid Snake - PS2/PS3 Master Chief - XBOX 360 Link - Wii

Zazalon
Zazalon

I bet it was delayed to add Booker T. I'm not complaining though.

Irve
Irve

Hmmm , i hope this game is more Shaolin monks than backyard rasslin !! this game could go either way !!

BergkampFan
BergkampFan

Hey Vash67 Curryman is technically in the game as he's Christopher Daniels. Hopefully that's good enough.

Extreme124
Extreme124

They need WOMEN and every belt on the roster and BLOOD as well as stage access and announcer table access Wonder how the edit a current wrestler will play out like making Sting dress like Kurt angle

edge1000
edge1000

man this game is gonna be good

telvisnostic
telvisnostic

I'm patient, I can wait. Hopefully Kong, Salinas, Traci and other females are added.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Ahhh why'd you wanna relive this garbage? it's not good for kids anyway.

tbolt_88
tbolt_88

I like how people wanna bash this game because Midway made the Backyard Wrestling games without even thinking about how different these games are. The Backyard Wresting games were made to be arcady and over the top and completely fake. This game is going to be more realistic and closer to what TNA wrestling is.

treb3
treb3

STILL NO WOMAN WRESTLERS

gamer_unleashed
gamer_unleashed

"A delay to me says they are working on it and not gonna rush out any old rubbish. i hope it is good to cause tna is much better than wwe. if its not good my surguestion is that tna give sega the lisence or even capcom. cause a wrestling game in the hands of a devolper like sega or capcom would be amazing cause there just good at making games." dude what are u on?? tna is nevr gonna be better than WWE but this game still looks like its worth a buy... have u seen the terrible booking done by TNA? have the time there angles dont even make sense!