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Wrestling Manager iOS: Update + Q&A

09-30-2011, 07:01 PM
#1
Wrestling Manager iOS: Update + Q&A

Hi people, I noticed a while back that quite a few of you were interested in Wrestling Management for the iOS devices and I wanted to swing by and ask if you had any questions about it?

We're coming close to release now so I can answer most things.

For those that don't have a clue what I'm talking about, here's a quick link that will explain it.

I'll be checking this post a few times per day for the next week...ish... and I'll try to answer as many questions as I can.
10-01-2011, 08:02 AM
#2
Hey, glad to hear its reaching completion. I do have a few questions which hopefully you can answer.

1: Any idea on cost and file size of final release?
2: How in depth is the game? I have played a lot of the Extreme Warfare/Total Extreme Warfare PC Wrestling management games, if you had to compare it to one what would be the most similar?
3: How many wrestlers are in the game? and how many have full picture profiles?
4: Can you edit the database and individually edit the wrestler's stats and picture?
5: Is it neverending or can you only do a certain amount of years?
6: Can you setup your own PPV and TV calendar schedule?
7: What version IOS is this going to be compatible with?
8: Do you have a solid release date?

10-01-2011, 08:47 AM
#3
Extreme Warfare Revenge as a clone would be immense.
10-01-2011, 09:08 AM
#4
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Originally Posted by RichardMagpies View Post
Extreme Warfare Revenge as a clone would be immense.
Agreed, thats what I'm hoping this is going to be. My fave Extreme Warfare games were Deluxe and Revenge as they were kept simple but still had a lot you could do in them. The later TEW series just started to get WAY too complicated, you ended up spending hours doing loads of stuff and had only got through one episode of RAW.

Just thought of another question for the Devs, will you be able to create your own stuff for the game? New workers, organizations, belts, match types etc.
10-01-2011, 11:02 AM
#5
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Originally Posted by SonicHydra View Post
Hey, glad to hear its reaching completion. I do have a few questions which hopefully you can answer.
Thanks, I'll answer as many as I can and if there's somewhere I can't, I'll at least explain why I can't.

1: Any idea on cost and file size of final release?

Unfortunately I don't have an answer for those just yet. We are doing all we can to get the file size down as low as possible without hurting the quality of the art but the game contains a lot of high quality art work (aprox 650 cards) and then when you factor in the code, UI and sound files, it's quite a beast.

In terms of price, I'm not certain what it will be priced at but if I had to guess (which is always a bad idea) I'd say probably about the same price as Football Manager on the iPhone. Considering how long people will play this game, I'm certain they will all feel like they got more than their moneys worth. I've been playing a really early build for well over a month now and it's still got me hooked and that's before all the bells and whistles are in.

2: How in depth is the game? I have played a lot of the Extreme Warfare/Total Extreme Warfare PC Wrestling management games, if you had to compare it to one what would be the most similar?

In terms of depth, it's one of those games that if you have a minute free you can -> get in -> book an event -> get out and still feel like you've made good progress OR if you're in the mood to really crunch down into the game, it will reward you for trying harder.

So for example, if you don't really care about booking each and every match in the game, you can automate individual matches or even whole events with one touch of a button. This is perfect for booking a Battle Royal because you simply select the event and press the automate button, then if there was a particular wrestler you wanted in the match, add him in and you're done.

That said, if you're looking for the most efficient way to the top of the wrestling world, just like Vince McMahon you'll have to scrutinise every tiny part of your organisation. You'll have to listen to what the journalists have to say, use story lines effectively and have a keen eye out for emerging talent. You'll need to book events months in advance and promote them as much as possible to make sure they pay off.

3: How many wrestlers are in the game? and how many have full picture profiles?

We have over 500 character cards in the game each with full picture profiles.

4: Can you edit the database and individually edit the wrestler's stats and picture?

You can edit wrestler names and pictures. The quickest way to do that is by using iTunes. Basically you drag a folder into your iTunes library with the images you want to use, then you sync the game and providing you've named the images correctly they will appear in the game instead of the cool art we have made lol.

We don't allow you to edit the stats though because they are integral to gameplay. That said, you can level up wrestlers in many ways. For example putting wrestlers in matches with better wrestlers will increase their WRESTLING ABILITY stat. Having them win lots of matches will increase the number of FINISHING MOVES they have which will in turn increase their WRESTLING ABILITY. You can also improve the wrestlers MIC SKILLS and POPULARITY in different ways.

5: Is it never-ending or can you only do a certain amount of years?

The game never officially ends but after a certain number of years we calculate how much your company is worth and that becomes your official score for that save game. You can continue the game though and there's plenty of reason to but I'll talk more about that in the coming weeks.

6: Can you setup your own PPV and TV calendar schedule?

If you're good enough to get a TV deal you will be offered specific time slots and it's up to you if you want to take it. At which point the game becomes all about the ratings!!! The same goes for PPV's.

7: What version of IOS is this going to be compatible with?

Now there's a tough one. I'll have to consult the tech team and get back to you. I'm pretty sure it will be compatible with most versions but I'll confirm that as soon as I know the answer.

8: Do you have a solid release date?

We are sooooo close but I can't give any accurate dates because we still have some finishing touches to apply and then it has to go through the Apple submission process. If all goes to plan, you will be playing the game REALLY REALLY SOON! As soon as we know the release date, we'll be shouting it from the rooftops... or posting it on twitter/facebook/wrestlingmanagement.com (cheap plug) at least lol.

Last edited by Serious Parody; 10-01-2011 at 11:02 AM. Reason: Bold
10-01-2011, 12:00 PM
#6
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Originally Posted by Serious Parody View Post
6: Can you setup your own PPV and TV calendar schedule?

If you're good enough to get a TV deal you will be offered specific time slots and it's up to you if you want to take it. At which point the game becomes all about the ratings!!! The same goes for PPV's.
Thanks very much for going through all of my questions. I do have a couple more lol.

When you get to a point where a network is offering you a tv slot or ppv slot, can you name and theme your shows? So if I wanted to have Raw, Smackdown, and the WWE PPV schedule or if I wanted Nitro, Thunder, and the WCW PPV schedule, am I free to name them how I want?

Also will you be able to create your own stuff for the game? New workers, organizations, belts, match types etc. You did mention that we can rename and change the pictures of workers already in the game, but can we increase the amount of workers?

The game is looking awesome and I really cant wait for its release. This is what the app store has been missing for wrestling fans. I sincerely hope Wrestling Manager gets the attention and success it deserves. I've read so many posts where people complain cos we have WWE Legends Of Wrestlemania and TNA Impact that dont have a lot of depth and are just poor fighting games cashing in on a franchise. Wrestling Manager is what people have been asking for and as usual its not your THQ's and such that are delivering the goods to the fans.

I know some people may be put off slightly if the game is too expensive (there are a lot of app store users who simply dont spend more than 69p/99c on a game), but, I was one of the people who took one for the team and bought TNA Impact for 2.99, so I would much rather pay double that on a game that is going to be SO much more enjoyable and have WAY more depth, and on top of that I dont mind contributing to developers like yourselves to show my appreciation for your work.

I would be more than happy to review Wrestling Manager when it releases (and probably will anyway lol). I know my wrestling and I know my wrestling games
10-01-2011, 07:26 PM
#7
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: australia
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This game sounds really deep, and epic.
10-01-2011, 08:09 PM
#8
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Forge World
Posts: 6,310
Woohoo sweet can't wait to play this. I used to love WWE back when it was WWF. I've never played as wresting sim but this is sounding very cool.
10-01-2011, 11:58 PM
#9
Joined: Sep 2011
Posts: 44
I'm getting concerned that the game will involve a TCG like element of collecting cards via IAP. Please tell me I'm wrong.
10-02-2011, 01:51 AM
#10
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Portsmouth, England
Posts: 601
The game looks awesome from the shots on the site. A couple of questions from me......

1. Over 500 wrestlers etc. Are the all made up or are there "real" wrestlers?

2. Similar price to Football Manager? That game is 5.99 which would be a fare price but i noticed you also have to buy in game packs of cards. How much will these cost? Most games with iap of card packs are normally free!

3. Wll this be universal or will there be a separate iPad version?

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