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EA Sports UFC Being Developed By Fight Night Champion Studio

By William Usher 2012-07-23 13:22:12 discussion comments
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If you really took a liking to EA Canada’s Fight Night Champion, the amazingly dynamic and commercially successful boxing that came out last year, then you’ll be pleased to know that EA Canada will also be in charge of bringing EA’s first UFC title to life…or, bringing it to the cage. Either one works.

Creative Director Brian Hayes, the same mind behind SSX, NHL and Fight Night Champion shared some comments in the press release about tackling development for a UFC game, saying…
“When we found out that EA and the UFC would be working together, the team was excited. Most of the team didn’t even know about it until the announcement at E3. We were all watching it together and when Andrew Wilson and Dana White took the stage, everybody starting cheering. It was great.”

I’m terribly excited about this. The thing is, I know EA has a horrible reputation right now and as a publisher I wouldn’t trust them to provide toilet paper for a potter-potty, but I do like the work of EA Canada and the talented group of individuals housed at the studio. So, assuming EA doesn’t go all focus-group-marketing on the upcoming EA Sports UFC maybe, just maybe, EA Canada can churn out an awesome game similar to the likes of the recent SSX or Fight Night Champion.

Just last month, in June, EA and the UFC joined forces despite the rocky confrontations they had during the rivalry of EA Sports MMA and THQ’s UFC Undisputed series. UFC’s president Dana White swallowed his pride (and a little bit of EA’s financial semen) to move the UFC video game license on to a bigger and debatably better publisher.

No details have been revealed about the actual game or what the roster will look like, but I’m betting EA Canada will knock it out of the box, especially if there’s a next-gen iteration of the game in the works. Maybe part of that $80 million EA is throwing down on next-gen software will help pay for an Xbox 720 or PS4 port of EA Sports UFC? Well, who knows? We’ll keep you posted on any further updates regarding the game.
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