Fighter detail, right down to tattoos, is exceptional.
Without a doubt one of the hottest sports at the moment is UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship. It's a fast brutal sport with an audience that seems to grow every week. It's not surprising then that the license to create video games based on the mixed martial arts contest is a hot property. With THQ struggling financially in 2011 UFC's parent company Zuffa paid out the contract to the tune of $US10 million and subsequently licensed Electronic Arts to make the games. (Having said that THQ is now suing Electronic Arts and Zuffa for providing EA with confidental financial details - read more here). In any case, EA Sports UFC is almost here, and looks fantastic.
As one would expect this is a MMA styled fighting game which takes place in an Octagon shaped arena with Electronic Arts using their all-new Ignite technology to power the game and provide the fluidity in combat with full body deformation while the fighters also use improved AI for added realism. Whiile this game is being deveoped by EA Canada the company isn't alien to MMA titles with EA Tiburon developing the respectable EA Sports MMA on the PS3 in 2010, while EA Canada have experience with the Fight Night franchise.
The game includes female MMA fighters.
Of course UFC fans will be keen to see the fighter roster and Electronic Arts have recently announced fighters who will appear in the game. They include... Minotauro Nogueira, Demetrious Johnson, Rashad Evans, Chael Sonnen, Alexander Gustafsson, Georges St-Pierre, Jon Jones, Brad Pickett, Cain Velasquez, Scott Jorgensen, Cub Swanson, Frank Mir, Jose Aldo, Ricardo Lamas, Cung Le, Joe Lauzon, Mike Easton, Donald Cerrone, Erik Perez, Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Chan Sung Jung, and Costas Philippou. Recently Elctronic Arts announced a third batch of fighters including Dominick Cruz, Josh Thomson, Ronaldo Souza, Nate Diaz, Miesha Tate, Dan Henderson, Ian McCall, Fabricio Werdum, Gegard Mousasi, Anthony Pettis, Johny Hendricks, Lyoto Machida, Junior Dos Santos, Carlos Condit, Francis Carmont, Benson Henderson, Robbie Lawler, Gilbert Melendez, Ronda Rousey, Rory MacDonald, Demian Maia, and Mark Hunt. Electronic Arts have also just announced that the first ever UFC winner Royce Gracie will be unlockable by beating the games career mode.
The legend himself - Bruce Lee makes an appearance in EA's UFC game.
We also know of ten venues which will feature in this game including MGM Grand Garden Arena, Staples Center, Honda Center, United Center, Toyota Center, Madison Square Garden, UFC Gym, Bell Centre in Canada, Air Canada Central in Canada and HSBC Arena in Brazil. As for the game modes, well we've already mentioned career mode but beyond that details are a little scarce, we expect quick matches and online matches.
We also need to mention that pre-ordering the game will allow you to unlock annew character - none other then Bruce Lee. Typically we hate pre-ordering games as you never know if you're getting the best price, and sometimes games that don't meet the lofty expectations, but this is an incentive almost too good to pass up.
EA's UFC game is due out in June 2014.
As is evident from the surrounding screenshots this is a very impressive looking title, and it's equally impressive when in motion with the fighters not only looking like their real-life counterparts - each fighter has been 3D scanned - but also moving like them too thanks to the Ignite Engine powering the game.
So EA Sports UFC is set for release worldwide in mid-June on the PS4 and XBox One and we're pretty excited to see what a new publisher, and developer, can bring to the worlds fastest growing sport. It's looking pretty good so keep an eye out when it hits shelves in a few weeks time.
Electronic Arts recently released a trailer for UFC showing the Ultimate Fighter Career. Definately worth a look.