Well, if you're gonna do it, do it right.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) won't see a new video game this year, but not because EA Sports has abandoned the franchise shortly after securing the rights to it. Instead, they plan to roll out an entirely new experience for 2014 with a mixed martial arts (MMA) game that capitalizes on the "Ignite" engine.
The software giant explains:
The EA SPORTS IGNITE game engine delivers a new level of innovation, further blurring the line between the real-world and the virtual. Developed by EA SPORTS, games powered by the new engine will be alive: players think, move and behave like real athletes, with environments as dynamic and ever-changing as real-world stadiums. With Human Intelligence, True Player Motion and Living Worlds, the way sports games are played will fundamentally change. EA SPORTS IGNITE is designed to harness the potential of next-generation consoles and will power FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, EA SPORTS UFC and NBA LIVE 14 on Xbox ONE and PlayStation 4.
Xbox One, the next generation console following the wildly successful Xbox 360, was unveiled during a special online presentation yesterday (see it here) from Microsoft.
In fact, there were cameos from UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, as well as Featherweight number one contender Anthony Pettis, who has been immortalized in graphics for his "Showtime kick," much to the chagrin of Ben Henderson.
The new UFC video game is expected to be released within the next twelve months (more on that here).