Electronic Arts is doing something that most people probably didn't see coming: they're giving away free content for EA Sports UFC. Technically, they're not really giving it away so much as they're including a few free fighters in with a needed update to fix some of the game's flaws.
CVG rolled out the news after Electronic Arts made it known that the update has gone live since July 22nd for both the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.
The updates are visible in the brief trailer; the new fighters included in the EA Sports UFC update includes the bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, bantamweight division's Takeya Mizugaki, and welterweight division's Tyron Woodley. You can check out the new trailer below.
In addition to the three new fighters that EA gave out for free, the company actually took that time to do something that gamers had been requesting for quite some time: the ability to touch gloves.
Before a match gets underway or during the ref stepping in to stand up the fighters, it's now possible – if a player so choose – to reach over and touch gloves. It's a common thing to do in the world of the MMA sport, and it was actually one of the things that gamers and reviewers lamented the most when the demo launched, and once again after the final game shipped for both the Xbox One and the PS4 in the middle of June following the wrap-up of E3.
Players can now touch gloves by depressing the analog buttons before each round or anytime a ref stands up the fighters, so this should definitely add an extra level of immersion for the average player.
Another big complaint was about sprawls – being able to tangle before a takedown – that works to give the opponent on the receiving end of a takedown have an opportunity to defend themselves.
Power takedowns and sweeps have been removed from fighter repertoires that don't fit the technical bill. Sweep defense has also been improved for those in the full guard so that they can now now easily reverse position to a full mount.
The stamina bar has taken a bit of an overhaul for the blocking, too. Players now taking damage while weak-blocking (or quick-blocking) will no longer have their stamina recharge. There will also be a greater stamina penalty for hard hits that attack weak blocks.
And finally, during knockout segments the attacking fighter now has an opportunity to finish the fight by quickly mounting or throwing a finishing flurry to a downed opponent; this is so that players who want to ensure that they are the victor can do so while their opponent is vulnerable on the ground.
The update is currently available for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners. EA Sports UFC can be purchased from local retailers or as a digital download for home consoles. You can learn more about the game by paying a visit to the official website.