WWE Wrestlefest (lost builds of cancelled console ports of iOS remake of 1991 arcade game; 2013)

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WWE Wrestlefest was a remake of the 1991 arcade game, WWF Wrestlefest. It was released on February 21st, 2012 on iOS. However, it was originally planned to get ports to (at that time) current consoles of the Xbox 360 and PS3 as well as Android phones and PC via Steam.[1] These ports, however, never surfaced until July 10, 2023.


A remake of the 1991 arcade game, WWF Wrestlefest, WWE Wrestlefest was announced in February 2012 and released shortly thereafter for iOS.[2] The game had many classic wrestlers from the original game such as "Macho Man" Randy Savage and Jake "The Snake' Roberts as well as new and current wrestlers from the time such as John Cena and Randy Orton. Several DLC packs were released for the game with the last one being released in Summer 2012.[3]

The ports were quietly delayed by the way of the game's Steam page to 2013[4] however, it seems they were fairly far into development. Achievements for the game were discovered for the Xbox 360 port which are usually only added to games that are close to releasing.[5] Futhermore, a year after cancelation, leaked footage of the 360 version was revealed[6]


While the other ports were announced with the release of the iOS version, no new information was released through official channels about them. A Steam page for the game was established and was online until March 2013 meaning this is likely the time the game was cancelled.[7] The game was most likely canceled due to the bankruptcy of the company with the WWE video game license, THQ,[8] who were developing the game along with Seed Studios.[9] After the bankruptcy of THQ, 2K acquired the license to make WWE games and likely decided to cancel the ports.[10]


From the leaked footage and the information about it released through official channels, it seemed the ports of the game would have been mostly identical to the iOS version. However, it seemed that the console version would have also included the DLC from the mobile version as well as including unlockable content and multiplayer. From the achievement list, it can be seen that DLC was also planned to come to the ports of the game.


On July 10, 2023, Reddit user wwe2kbuff posted that they had found the Xbox 360 port of WrestleFest, as well as the cancelled iOS premium version and the Xbox Live Arcade version. They also confirmed that they haven't tested it yet.

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11. https://www.reddit.com/r/WWEGames/comments/14w0e4c/wwe_wrestlefest_xbox_360_port_found/