EA Sports UFC – A Giant Investing in a Growing Sport

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Ultimate fighting has grown a lot as a sport and it's not surprising to see a company like EA taking a more serious look at it. Last year, an official partnership was announced between the UFC and EA and at this year's E3 we got the preview trailer, along with a good list of features. EA Sports is stretching its lineup with two franchises this year with UFC and the returning NBA Live, so we’ll see if they have enough quality resources to get good review scores on those as well.

EA attempted a pretty big presentation of EA Sports UFC at E3 2013 with fighters Benson Henderson and Jon Jones showing up on stage. The reaction from the crowd wasn't extraordinary (maybe they were scared by the presence of these two!), but the table was still set for a great game coming next Spring.

Creative director Brian Hayes was also on site to answer questions from journalists, and while he was pretty brief when it came to making groundbreaking revelations, he still informed fans of the engine backing up EA Sports UFC, which is one inspired by Fight Night engine, but only in some regards. EA Sports UFC is truly all about the Ignite engine and he said that the ground-game has gotten a lot of work as well.

EA Sports also revealed 8 features in total concerning EA Sports UFC. Let’s go through them to get a better idea of what this game has to offer more than the other ultimate fighting games out there. Some are rather simple, but others are deeper and more important in finding out exactly what we’ll get come next Spring.

1) Unprecedented fighter likeness
It's easy to see on those trailers that the facial animation technology will be top notch in EA Sports UFC. EA intends to make the fighters express different emotions depending on their situations and struggles in the ring.

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Simply represents the smarter AI that should be within the game.

3) Full body deformation
This is a bit more interesting. During submission moves and all other close contacts, EA guarantees that there will be no space left between each fighter during the action. This should look and feel particularly great, as well as work in the same way when the body reacts to punches and kicks.

4) Real-Time Exertion
This feature makes sure every muscle and vein displays the real damage and intensity of each fight.

5) Precision movement
Movement is key to any combat game, and EA UFC intends to surpass other ultimate fighting titles in that regard.

6) Strategic submission battle
Here’s another important point. Submission moves won’t be as simplistic as in other ultimate fighting games. They will contain several stages and players will actually have to battle for position and control throughout the process, which will be very welcomed by hardcore fans. Let’s hope that all this work on ground fights show results.

7) Real Damage
This feature proposes a non-linear damage system where one big shot can change a fight.

8) Dynamic Striking
Finally, a very cool feature. You will be able to execute kicks using the Octogon cage, just like in the trailer! This could results in spectacular and incredible endings and turnarounds to the fights. Special punches were also mentioned.

So there are the reasons why a ton of fighting fans are looking forward to Spring 2014. Some of those features do seem to have big wording for basic improvements, but some like Full-body deformation, Strategic submission battle and Dynamic striking should be very beneficial to the world of virtual ultimate fighting. Let’s wait and see if EA can pull it off!

Female fighters, Pre-Alpha Gameplay
EA Sports UFC made the announcement on their website that female fighters will be included in the game Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate are the two names of female fighters that are confirmed to be included in the new title. An exclusive interview with Rousey is also available on that very page.

In the meantime, the EA UFC team was also present at Gamescom to present their most recent progress. The video footage they showed was deemed as “Pre-Alpha Gameplay” and involved fighters Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, who will be headlining UFC 165 in real-life. We saw examples of the fighters’ reactions when they get hit and pulled on to the mat for a submission move, as well as a few of the standard moves and a kick off the cage.

Career Mode Details

Electronic Arts has released a new video showcasing EA UFC's Career Mode:

Your created fighter will take part in The Ultimate Fighter, eventually graduating to the UFC. Popularity and longevity gauges will measure your UFC career, dictating how many sponsors you receive and how long you'll be able to keep fighting.

Not only do you need to make sure to win, you need to make sure your fighter takes care of himself so he will be able to win in the long term, something you don't often see in the career mode for most sports games.

Bruce Lee
EA Sports UFC Bruce LeeElectronic Arts has announced that Bruce Lee, the godfather of martial arts, will be making his first appearance in the Octagon! There will be two ways to unlock Bruce Lee:

  • By pre-ordering the game to get an instant unlock (of course)
  • Complete the Career mode on Pro difficulty

Bruce Lee will be available across four different weight classes so he can go toe-to-toe with almost the entire UFC roster!

Bruce Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, had this to say in the official press release:

"I’m thrilled that fans can now interact with him in a new way. The EA SPORTS UFC development team has been incredible to work with, and they've done a great job capturing the look and feel of my father. I think people will love getting a chance to fulfill a fight fantasy by playing Bruce Lee in the new UFC game."

Check out the new trailer for the first official look at Bruce Lee in EA Sports UFC!

Royce Gracie
Hot on the heels of announcing Bruce Lee, Electronic Arts has now revealed that the winner of the first UFC tournament, Royce Gracie, is headed to the virtual octagon.

You can either unlock Royce Gracie by completing the Career mode on Pro difficulty (same as Bruce Lee) or by pre-ordering the game at select retailers, such as GAME and GameStop.

EA Sports UFC Royce Gracie

Demo Release
The official EA Sports UFC twitter account has announced that there will be a demo for EA Sports UFC. The demo will be released on June 3rd and features two athletes: Alexander Gustafsson and Jon "Bones" Jones.

Release Date
EA Sports UFC releases on June 17th, 2014 on the PlayStation 4.

Game Category: Fighting & Sports

Article by - Marc-André Messier
Insert Date: 07/14/2013
Update: 4/7/2014

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