Fight Night Champion: First M Rated Title Ever from EA Sports

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Posted November 12th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Fight Night Champion will be the first ever “Rated M” title developed by EA Sports. That explicit nature and brutality will be represented not just through bloody fights but also with what is being described as mature content found in the “lifestyle and culture of boxing”. This news could be encouraging or worrisome depending on how it’s looked at.

The game will also include improved punch controls and one-punch knockouts, physics-based gameplay, and expanded online play modes. Continue on for an early list of features but given that the game is still a ways out from a March 1st release date there is still much in the way of details to come on the game and its feature set.

Full Spectrum Punch Control
Control your boxer’s punches with precision and accuracy like never before with a new synergy of gameplay controls. From overhand punches to strategic counter jabs and one-punch knockouts, overwhelm your opponents with your refined skill set.

Physics-Based Gameplay
Move around the ring and time your attacks with precision. Building off the best-in-class gameplay engine featured in Fight Night Round 4, you now have an even wider range of abilities when it comes to counterattacks, setting up combos, and attacking your opponent.

Legacy Mode
Create your alter ego and put him in the ring against past champions. Work your way up the ranks through training and scheduled bouts, and establish your name as the fighter to beat. Take your boxer online and see how you size up against the best in the world competing for local or worldwide belts in the all-new Fight Night Nation.

Online Gyms
Create an online gym with your friends and battle it out to see who’s the ultimate champion, or turn boxing into a team sport and challenge other gyms in Rival Matches to unlock items, win trophies, and more.

Authentic Content
As the first-ever ‘M’ rated EA SPORTS title, Fight Night Champion showcases the truest graphical representation of the sport, lifestyle, and culture of boxing with authentic and dynamic blood, realistic body damage and deformation, and mature content throughout. Experience the violence and brutality that is true to the trade.

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  • NoFro904

    Im gonna give someone the hasim rahman head lump

  • http://twitter.com/Bgamer90 Bgamer90

    It’s going to be interesting to see how this game gets advertised.

    • Teenickelz

      they should stick to internet advertising and maybe a likeable commercial for TV..which will prolly get mostly late night runs…

  • Anonymous

    Wait, wouldn’t this be a step back? Haven’t they all been MA in the past?

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      They’ve been rated “Teen”

      • Anonymous

        Ah I see, down under we go G, PG, M and MA and I’m pretty sure it’s been MA all the time down here… intriguing

  • Whisk

    This is EA we’re talking about. They always exaggerate and over do new features. So expect these fights to be bloodbaths.

    • http://twitter.com/Bgamer90 Bgamer90

      I really wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case. To be honest, I thought FNR4 was perfect in terms of deformation.They may be over doing it for “Champion”…

      • sheredia

        let’s hope not…..that’s what i’m worried about too.

  • http://twitter.com/shogunoflive Wynston Williams

    I hope this mean I can have Tedy Atlas cussing me out in the corner as I’m blowing it in a Championship fight. I’m excited at the prospect of a M rated sports title that has a history of delivering top notch gameplay.

  • http://www.woodsidemediagroup.com/ Amani

    This is a welcome risk by EA. There is a reason Boxing comes on late at night (EST especially) and most of the time on cable TV. I think it can be a good thing. No more reason to hold back. I hope they use M content built into the Legacy mode as well.

  • Hah

    Please EA – Let there be a mini game with Hayden and Klitschko

  • Lmarshalljr04

    hope they give us the opinion of having the classic button configuration this time..

  • NoFro904

    IGN has a nice lil Preview of it.

    Sais u start off in prison in a bare knuckle brawl with your corner man telling you to knock this fucker out

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  • sheredia

    with the m rating, this will be the most realistic boxing title to date…..i just hope they don’t overdo it with the blood aspect of the game. more fights could be stopped due to cuts because of this, but that’s what really happens in some fights. how this title is rated m and the ufc one isn’t is beyond me, but i like how they are taking the risk with this first…….bold move.

  • Anonymous

    It makes sense if they want to distinguish it from EA MMA. Let’s face it, MMA is in the mainstream, pop culture a lot more than boxing is these days so I think it’s good to see them take the later in a more hardcore direction.

  • Anonymous

    I hope that this game has more past greats. Also, I hope Tyson is back as well….

    • Rob

      no. i hope this game doesnt have any past greats. fight night has been plagued by having too many past fights and not enough current fighters for far too long

  • SpencerBradbury_90

    Hopefully there is a Mike Tyson career mode snort coke, beat/rape girls, curse interviewers, post fight brawls etc. Would be quite a game

    • NoFro904

      And all his famous quotes.

    • Longshoreman

      “Physics-based Gameplay” + “Authentic Content” = Tyson’s ear bite special ability???

      Otherwise, no buy.

      • Longshoreman

        “realistic body damage and deformation”

        I think they’re hinting at it.

  • Keysy

    the only question that matters will its have move support

  • Salsaguy1

    I hope it makes use of the Move controllers on the PS3!!!

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Already been confirmed no motion controls will be included (no Move or Kinect functionality)

    • NoFro904

      i know i wouldnt wanna be trying to box for 12 rounds

    • NoFro904

      i know i wouldnt wanna be trying to box for 12 rounds

    • NoFro904

      i know i wouldnt wanna be trying to box for 12 rounds

  • Sha_quin

    I can’t wait for this!!!

  • Teenickelz

    IT took for them to make an MMA game to actually get a M rated release of a boxing game… just and opinion….

  • Shadyrules

    You know what, EA knew they had to take a diffrent approach with there boxing hit. Let’s face it, Boxing in general does not generate interest like it used to. The popularity is declining and is at the point of one or two big “mainstream” events a year. That’s about it.

    That being said, What would make someone buy this new boxing game? Well, if they just made the graphics and physics better it wouldn’t really attract to much attention(again boxing’s popularity) but, by adding a real career mode with a sick gameplay engine and ofcourse EA’s face in the game feature(don’t know the exact name) you get some interest.

    The boxing alone(no matter how real) will not do it for them but, by adding what appears to be a deep career/story mode now you getting some where. The M rating is interesting because it appers there not holding back on there story lines and etc.

    I always respect a good story in a sports game(bad example but, I loved Tony Hawks Underground for the Story), Anyways, I can’t wait.

  • Shadyrules

    You know what, EA knew they had to take a diffrent approach with there boxing hit. Let’s face it, Boxing in general does not generate interest like it used to. The popularity is declining and is at the point of one or two big “mainstream” events a year. That’s about it.

    That being said, What would make someone buy this new boxing game? Well, if they just made the graphics and physics better it wouldn’t really attract to much attention(again boxing’s popularity) but, by adding a real career mode with a sick gameplay engine and ofcourse EA’s face in the game feature(don’t know the exact name) you get some interest.

    The boxing alone(no matter how real) will not do it for them but, by adding what appears to be a deep career/story mode now you getting some where. The M rating is interesting because it appers there not holding back on there story lines and etc.

    I always respect a good story in a sports game(bad example but, I loved Tony Hawks Underground for the Story), Anyways, I can’t wait.

  • jusmegamer

    I am not a fan of EA and there marketing methods but if they truly take it HARDCORE I am with it.

  • jusmegamer

    I am not a fan of EA and there marketing methods but if they truly take it HARDCORE I am with it.

  • Jansan

    Ridiculous that it needs to be a mature rating to truely simulate the sport. If UFC Undisputed and WWE games dont need to be a mature rating, why would boxing?

    • Rob

      shutup. are you 12?

  • Lason

    One punch knockouts have been promised for how many years now?

  • Rob

    bout time they embrace mature content. fuck the kids

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeff-Holland/100001576230068 Jeff Holland

    This is great, boxing is mature, the game should be as well. I can’t wait to play an MMA game and be able to break an opponents limb in head to head matches if they don’t tap out.

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