It may not be a sucker-punch surprise, but EA has confirmed that Fight Night Round 3 will land blows on PlayStation 3 this winter.
The highly-praised boxing sim won’t be just a simple port either, as new features are being added to the mix. It'll be "the closest you’ll get to trading blows with Muhammad Ali," according to producer Michael Blank.
The new Get in the Ring mode will be entirely first-person, allowing gamers to really take it in the face. We'd imagine it'll be similar to the switch in viewpoint featured in the Xbox 360 version, where you concentrate blows right at your opponent's noggin. Which should really show off those lovely facial animations.
And when we say ‘facial animation’, we mean the split lips, busted-up eyes, flying sweat and streaming blood.
You can also expect complete ESPN Intergration - updates, scores, breaking news, radio and real footage via ESPN Motion beamed live to your console.
There really is no escaping the punch-drunk action.
There’s no word on an official release date yet, although we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a launch title to help the PS3 knuckle-up to the competition.