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That means EA Sports, a division of software giant Electronic Arts (EA), will now be charged with producing the latest and greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) video game for 2013 and beyond.
So, how long before we get a new UFC video game on store shelves?
According to Andrew Wilson, who made the announcement alongside UFC President Dana White at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Calif., it could be awhile.
His projected timeline (via ESPN Playbook) after the jump.
"The ink was still wet when we walked on stage. We just got this deal done, so we're going to get through E3 first. It was fortuitous that we got this done before the show because it gave us a tremendous platform to announce it, and in all honesty, I'm going on vacation after E3. But when I get back, we're going to meet with Dana, we're going to sit down with the team and discuss the strategy of what this will look like in the future. And, of course, the next generation of consoles, when that comes, and if we believe what we read, that's not too far away. When that comes, this will be a great title for that. Then I think about mobile and social, and the UFC fans are more connected than any other fans of any other sport out there around the globe, so the social and mobile area makes total sense. Then I think about Asia, Brazil, and Eastern Europe, there are all these countries with free-to-play markets who are just rabid, rabid UFC fans, and there is a lot of opportunity there. This is not going to be a one-trick play for us. This is a global deal. It's cross-platform, it's cross-geography, and more than likely, multiple business partners."
The most likely platforms for the new UFC video game will be the tried-and-true Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3; however, with rumors of an Xbox 720 and PlayStation 4 coming to store shelves sooner rather than later, don't be surprised to see a quick turnaround for those systems as well.
And let's not forget about mobile and handheld devices.
Lots to look forward to here, Maniacs, but are you taking a "wait and see" approach? For more information on the UFC-to-EA deal and a quick video of the E3 announcement click here.