Given that it is still somewhat early in its development stage there isn’t a whole lot to go on for EA Sports UFC. The company picked up the license from struggling THQ back in June and there have been indications they may roll out the first iteration in 2013. The series is being made out of the EA Canada studio with the Fight Night team handling development and there is a strong likelihood that the new women’s division will factor in.
Through an IGN interview of EA Sports VP Andrew Wilson Now some other news relating to the property has surfaced.
We’re very excited about that deal but the reality is, you know, right now I’m touring up not just one development team, I’m touring up a whole series of teams. The team that’s gonna build the core engine. The team that’s gonna build features for console, features for PC, features for mobile phone. The team that’s gonna run a live service that connects UFC fans to the broadcasts and the Pay-per-view events; connect you with what’s going on in the fight world. It’s a very big challenge for us, taking on new stuff.
The “live service that connects UFC fans to broadcasts and pay-per-view” sounds an awful lot like what is already present on the 360 with the UFC on Xbox Live app but obviously there may be unique features tying that content in to the actual game.
With the license in tow it was fully expected that EA would not just produce a console game but also extend out with mobile and social offerings. It would be somewhat of a surprise however if EA were to put out UFC on the PC given that they’ve almost completely abandoned that space when it comes to sports games. It may very well be that “features for PC” actually is in reference to something more along the lines of a Facebook game than a port of the console offering.