EA Sports MMA Sequel Confirmed

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Posted December 1st, 2010 at 10:30 am

Much of the discussion around EA Sports MMA since its release in mid-October has centered on whether or not the potential franchise would be done after just one release. After a random analyst predicted its demise there came a wave of websites doing the same. It almost seemed as though there was a widespread smear campaign in effect. Instead, looking at the situation objectively, I felt there was reason to believe EA Sports MMA had a future.

In an interview with Figure Four Daily (via Crunchgear) EA MMA producer Jeff Ecker unequivocally stated there will be an EA Sports MMA 2. While Ecker declared it was not a matter of “if” but “when”,  the original plan was to alternate years with the Fight Night franchise. That would put the next EA MMA on schedule to release in 2012.

With UFC Undisputed going to a bi-annual release however and slated for 2012 as well I could see EA Sports bumping MMA to 2013. While I don’t believe UFC coming out earlier this year was a major factor in MMA’s slow sales, more separation from it couldn’t hurt. Regardless it is good news to hear the company is sticking with the product as it was quite impressive for a first attempt and has put some pressure on THQ and their UFC franchise.

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  • Alex

    Definitely is good news. The last thing anyone would want no matter what they think of EA MMA is THQ having a free and clear path with no competitor.

  • Room66

    I remember you talking about the smear campaign on Twitter around that time. Was pathetic how even OS tried to kill it with a news posting. EA is doing the right thing here.

  • esteban

    EA’s game is already 2 years behind THQ’s whatever people say being as, in many respects, it falls short of what THQ did with 2009. Once THQ steals the submission system from EA and adds that to it’s game, EA will have nothing on THQ. EA did themselves no favours in the development process, in the run up to release and post release. Another game would be an epic failure.

    • UCe

      Cant disagree more. UFC Undisputed 2010 was a complete mess. 2009 was a great first try but they got a big ego over it. MMA is much more user friendly and the ground game is so much better. They captured the sport way better than what UFC did.

      • esteban

        Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they are trying, but when we see exactly what THQ have in store for their next game we might not even give EA Sports MMA a second chance. The ground game is smoother but only due to it’s simplicity. It suffers from a lack of options, positions etc. The only thing that is a clear improvement is submissions. I don’t understand HOW they could have gotten stand up wrong being as they were using the Fight Night engine but they managed it!

  • Anonymous

    That’s all well and good Pasta, but could you investigate further into the rumors that EA will be reviving the SSX franchise for next gen consoles. SSX was clearly one of EA’s best alternative sports franchises and should have never ceased being made.

  • Anonymous

    That’s all well and good Pasta, but could you investigate further into the rumors that EA will be reviving the SSX franchise for next gen consoles. SSX was clearly one of EA’s best alternative sports franchises and should have never ceased being made.

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  • Clintbeastwoods

    Ea mma is an absolutely pathetic game! Lets be honest here the reason why it had poor sales is because it just plain sucks! Nobody cares about the second rate fighters that are in ea mma and aside from that the gameplay is horrible!

  • A-B-E

    My surprise game of the year. Really have enjoyed it just wish more people had given it a fair chance so there would be more people to play online.

    • Anonymous

      To truly appreciate MMA games you have to be a student of the sport. The game is really quite boring for those who don’t have the knowledge of the sport and can appreciate its subtle finer points.

      As far as fighting games go, I would much rather play a game like Soul Calibur that is fast, over the top, and just plain fun. Boxing games fall into that same categor as MMA.

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    Cant disagree more. UFC Undisputed 2010 was a complete mess. 2009 was a great first try but they got a big ego over it. MMA is much more user friendly and the ground game is so much better. They captured the sport way better than what UFC did.

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  • Johnnygetum

    ok first off ea mma is garbage, you dont do the move its all very bad animation that clicks in atleast in ufc i feel i control it….not to mention ea mma was nothing but being taken down and working my way back up. some realism that is, pasta EA is trash and how you still back them at all is beyond me

  • Johnnygetum

    ok first off ea mma is garbage, you dont do the move its all very bad animation that clicks in atleast in ufc i feel i control it….not to mention ea mma was nothing but being taken down and working my way back up. some realism that is, pasta EA is trash and how you still back them at all is beyond me

  • Anonymous

    MMA was a very good game.. it was incredilbly easy to go 40-0 in career.. im not complaining they should make some opponents harder to beat especially for title fights and defenses.. i won the unification fight in under a minute. my avg.. fight time was .about 1 and half if that.. I was a lightweight.. boxer..

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