From the ring to the Octagon.
One of the biggest, and least talked about, pieces of news out of this year’s E3 is that the UFC would be shifting it’s video game franchise from THQ to EA Sports. There weren’t many details available at the time, but the announcement itself was huge. Today we’re learning that the first EA Sports UFC game will be developed by the same team that developed Fight Night Champion.
The Fight Team, at EA Canada, will be lead by Fight Night veteran Creative Director Brian Hayes, who had this to say:
“When we found out that EA and the UFC would be working together, the team was excited. Most of the team didn’t even know about it until the announcement at E3. We were all watching it together and when Andrew Wilson and Dana White took the stage, everybody starting cheering. It was great.
For me personally, the UFC is something that I grew up with. I remember watching the first UFC events when I was a teenager and it’s amazing to see how they have evolved and flourished. Ultimately, we’re huge fans, we think we have a great team and we are really excited to be taking on this new challenge. We look forward to bringing the UFC video game experience to new heights.”
Being Canadian myself, I may be a little biased here but I think a Canadian studio is a great place to develop an MMA game. As fast as the sport, and the UFC, is growing Canada has always had a huge concentration of MMA fans so, like Hayes, there is a good chance that many members of the dev team are fight fans themselves. We’ll have more on EA Sports MMA as details become available.