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EA: New Fight Night mode is "wow"

"We've never done anything like this."

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Fight Night Champion gameplay producer Brian Hayes is bullish about the top secret new feature his game boasts. In fact, he's overcome.

"How groundbreaking is it in relation to Fight Night? It's certainly the most innovative, groundbreaking thing that any Fight Night game or any Knock Out game has done," he told Eurogamer in an interview published today. "Even more so, in terms of EA Sports, this approach to a single-player experience is just something that no other EA Sports game has done."

"It's something that could work in a lot of other sports areas," he added. "It works particularly well for us because of the nature of boxing, but it's definitely something you could see other games doing down the road. If that happened that would be a pretty cool thing."

Despite his unflappable belief, Hayes won't say exactly what the mode will be. Nevertheless, Eurogamer whittled him down; we know this will be a solo pursuit and its own standalone mode, separate to the returning single-player Legacy mode.

"All I can say to that effect is everybody here is really excited about what we're doing," Hayes continued. "Everybody here is on the same page in terms of like, 'Wow, we've never really done anything like this before.' At the same time, as much as they're excited about it, there's a wee bit of nerves. Everybody's working really hard to make sure we're knocking it out of the park.

"I'm sure there's going to be some cynics out there that when the game drops someone will say, 'This is not a big deal.'," he sighed. "But I can tell you that everyone here - everyone we've shown the contents to - thinks it's a pretty big deal and is genuinely excited and jazzed to see it."

That full Fight Night Champion interview is live, now.

Fight Night Champion will be released on PS3 and Xbox 360 next year.

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