Development Underway on EA Sports UFC

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Posted July 17th, 2012 at 10:15 am

EA Sports has made the announcement that development on EA Sports UFC has begun. That would appear to be the name of the new series – not that it was much in question – but that there is any news so soon and a tease of more to come following the transfer of the license in early June is a bit of a surprise. 

There is a lot to be learned about even just the basic plans for EA UFC. The game is being developed out of EA Canada but as of yet there is no target release date or platforms currently are being worked on. The agreement between EA and UFC was a wide ranging one meaning it won’t necessarily be held back just to debut on the next generation of consoles even though they may have their best opportunity to grow the series under those circumstances.

EA does have some resources already in place thanks to EA Sports MMA and the work that had been done on the sequel before it was shelved. However a UFC release within a year seemed to be an unlikely proposition given there was no development team in place and the evidence from dwindling sales of THQ’s efforts signaled that consumer demand is not present for a yearly title. That EA is already beginning to promote the series suggests they may have plans to debut something – whether that be a mobile, social, or full fledged console game – sooner than originally anticipated.

Expect further news on EA Sports UFC to come out of the media event the company is holding tomorrow and Thursday.

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  • NoFro904

    Cant Wait, EA MMA was Solid and the next game will only be better

    • mcmax3000

      Agreed. There was definitely room for improvement in EA MMA, but it had an extremely solid foundation. Can’t wait to see what they do with the UFC license.

  • Keith.

    Meanwhile, in other EA news, EA’s stock took another tumble yesterday and is continuing to see even more downward pressure today, such that a brand new 52 week low has been set at $11.28. Wonder which will happen first — EA’s stock hits $11.00, or Riccotello gets the boot? Either way, there’s no way in hell that he’s still going to be around when UFC is released.

    • Keith.

      And in other EA news, there has been a definitive settlement agreement reached in the Madden Monopoly lawsuit, which now will require Court approval. Looks like we’re going to get the details within the next week:

      “[T]he parties anticipate filing the settlement agreement documentation — including the motion for preliminary and all supporting documentation — the week of July 16, 2012, and in any event no later than July 25, 2012.”

      Personally, I can’t wait to hear the details so that, as a member of the plaintiff class, I can decide to opt in or out of the settlement. If it’s anything less than EA coughing up the NFL exclusive license, I’m out.

      http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/california/candce/4:2008cv02820/237324/374/

  • Twinkieee

    Pretty excited for this. A few weeks ago a few fighters (Scott Jorgenson, Glay Guida and some others) were posting up pictures on twitter of them getting scanned at the EA Sports development offices

    • mcmax3000

      It wasn’t at the EA offices, it was at the UFC fighter summit in Vegas. EA had a section setup there to scan the fighters.

  • CSaintSwag

    I can’t wait for new NCAA 13 post, so I can see more people talk shit one it :)

  • ea is pasta

    game will fail

  • def

    can’t be any worse than THQ’s version

  • stk

    EA Sports is just going to put out a UFC version of Madden… a $60 roster update with the same issues as the previous game to come out. That’s the EA way.

  • DougPlank46

    EA is a pathetic company that produces bug/glitch filled games! This game will be a disaster like all of ea’s games! I am so sick of these incomplete broken games they keep selling!

    • Mr. Terror 315

      Hate to tell you but 2K is the undisputed king of bug/glitch filled games

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