Earlier this year, video game developer THQ Inc. – which was responsible for one of my favorite video games of all-time, WCW/nWo Revenge – auctioned off most of its studios and properties as part of its declaration of bankruptcy, but one of the first properties to go long before that included the rights to the UFC video game. UFC Undisputed 2009 and 2010 had been rather poorly received by fans, so it should have made them all very happy when EA Sports picked up the rights in June 2012.
Back in March, it was revealed that a UFC video game is still at least a year off, but it seems that it will be well worth the wait. Yesterday, the EA Sports UFC Facebook page teased us with a big news announcement today, and that just so happened to coincide with the XBox announcement of the “ultimate, all-in-one home entertainment system”, the Xbox One. That’s because EA and Microsoft announced a new partnership for the Xbox One that includes, FIFA, Madden, NBA Live and, thank jeebus, the UFC.
The new games are being developed with the EA Sports Ignite engine, and they will offer the users a new sports gaming experience that will be influenced by four times the calculations per second, as well as real-life factors like crowd noise, sidelines and, for the UFC, corner and hype men, all in the name of a more intelligent interface. That means when you select Nick Diaz, it will actually seem like he’s feeding off of the crowd’s hatred of him.
I’ll update this post with more images and videos as they become available, but in the meantime, here’s the basic gist of everything I heard while watching the Xbox One event on Spike.