After THQ’s three quality UFC video games, Dana White decided to hand the video game development rights over to Electronic Arts and their Canadian game studio.
On June 17, 2014, EA Sports UFC will make its long-awaited debut on next gen consoles. Before you pick up your controller and head into the digital Octagon forward, we’re here to make sure you have all the info you need to know about this awesome fighter. We’re going to delve into the origins of this title and a slew of other official game details.
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1. THQ Was the Primary Video Game Developer of UFC’s Past Three Games
UFC president Dana White initally approached Electronic Arts in hopes of getting a UFC video game developed. Once both companies decided not to work together, former video game publisher THQ was given the honor of crafting UFC’s PS3/Xbox 360 video game entries. Before THQ officially closed down, they developed three great UFC games (UFC Undisputed 2009, UFC Undisputed 2010 and UFC Undisputed 3).
2. Electronic Arts Released Their Own Own MMA Game Opposite THQ’s UFC Games
Electronic Arts eventually joined the MMA video game market once they put out a game of their own. EA Tiburon developed an PS3/Xbox 360 MMA game that was based on UFC’s now defunct rival organization Strikeforce. Dana White didn’t take too kindly to this move by Electronic Arts, which led to him releasing the following comments after being asked about his dealing with EA:
EA Sports told us, ‘You’re not a real sport. We wouldn’t touch this thing. We want nothing to do with this.’We put our asses on the line, THQ and the UFC, to make a video-game deal in the worst economy in the world. We go out there and do this thing, and it’s successful, and now God-damn EA Sports wants to do a video game. You told us you’d never be in business with us. They wouldn’t even take a meeting because mixed martial arts disgusted them. This wasn’t a “real” sport. Boy, they got over that real quick, didn’t they?
Dana White was reportedly so upset with EA’s move that he gave MMA fighters this warning if they chose to be in EA Sports MMA:
If you do business with EA, you won’t be in the UFC.
One example of that threat being real was Jon Fitch getting released from the UFC for 24-hours during his contract negotiations with THQ in order for the game publisher to use his face/likenesses in future UFC games.
3. The UFC and EA Eventually Agreed to a Deal
Once THQ eventually fell, the UFC and Electronic Arts eventually worked out their differences and made a major announcement at the 2012 edition of the Electronic Entertainment Expo. EA Sports reportedly obtained the publishing rights to the UFC’s gaming rights for an undisclosed sum of money.
4. The Developers of the Fight Night Series are Behind EA Sports UFC
EA Canada is primarily known for crafting the Fight Night boxing video game franchise. As expected, the development studio’s line of boxing games have been put on the back burner while they’ve been putting EA Sports UFC together. EA Canada is currently known as the offical UFC video game development team.
5. The Game is Being Powered by EA’s New Ignite Engine
EA Sports UFC is being developed with EA’s brand new proprietary game engine, Ignite. The Ignite engine is a powerful next-gen video game engine that is capable of improved artificial intelligence behaviors, a True Player Motion framework system for player movement and a Living Worlds framework for better crowd interactivity. This engine will be used for much of the major sports games being released by EA in the future. So far, it has been used on games such as FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25 and NBA Live 14.