It will be the top notch Fight Night team that builds the new UFC game, EA has announced.
EA is shutting down servers for its 2011 MMA brawler, despite the game supporting an online pass.
EA Sports is yet to decide whether it will release another MMA game.
The future of EA Sport's fledgling MMA franchise looks bleak after the UFC brand snapped up rival operator Strikeforce, upon which the publisher's 2010 brawler was based.
EA Sports has guaranteed gamers a sequel to its UFC: Undisputed rival MMA despite its terrible sales.
EA's attempt to muscle in on the mixed martial arts market with EA Sports MMA has been an unmitigated failure, according to industry analysts.
Bethesda's new Fallout game has entered the UK all-formats chart at number one.
Gotta fight for this shove.
As it increases in popularity, the world of Mixed Martial Arts is becoming ever more competitive as the best of the best get better by eliminating the weaknesses in their comprehensive fighting styles. With many epic battles to its name, 2010 has already tested some of the sports' greatest champions.
Brock Lesnar's title defence against Shane Carwin and Anderson Silva's gruelling match against Chael Sonnen both saw a bruised champion snatch a submission victory from the jaws of defeat. But while the real-life competition has been consistently brutal, MMA videogames have been dominated by the unchallenged success of UFC Undisputed – until now.
EA Sports MMA steps into the ring this week to see if it has the mettle to topple the champion. But with THQ and Yuke's game having exclusivity with the UFC's armoury of muscle-bound sluggers, how has EA Tiburon come up with a competitive roster?Fortunately, the UFC isn't the only promoter with a penchant for bloody bouts and octagonal cages; EA has teamed up with one of Dana White's biggest competitors, Strikeforce.
Punch and Judo.
EA Sports has put out an Xbox 360 demo for its MMA game. Grab it from Xbox Live Marketplace now and it'll be ready for you when you get home.
Hot, deeper action.
Or "Electronic Arts' Mixed Martial Arts", if you prefer.
Put your face in the game, and have it punched off.
EA has told Eurogamer this morning that fighting game MMA will be released on 22nd October in the UK.
EA Sports' MMA will be released on 19th October, according to a video shown at a press event this evening.
Two worlds collide in EA's mixed martial arts title.
To punch each other in the face.
"I think everybody can agree the visuals are very pretty," says Hedrick "Rocky" Rivero, one of the designers on MMA, as he presents the game. Are they? You think? Flowers are pretty. The Chrysler Building is pretty. Unicorns and waterfalls and that Florence lady out of Florence + the Machine is pretty (just me?). MMA, chock full of sweaty biffers with stubbly faces and tight pants, simultaneously giving each other a lamping and a shoeing - these are the official terms - isn't really pretty is it?
EA Sports hopes that its upcoming MMA game, previewed on Eurogamer today, will have a positive impact on mixed martial arts as a sport.
EA's MMA roster has grown again, as legendary UFC fighter Randy Couture has put pen to paper and agreed to appear in the game.
THQ head banker Paul Pucino reckons no one stands a chance against the might of the UFC licence - not mentioning any names but MMA obviously.
EA Sports has finally announced star fighters for MMA, despite UFC boss Dana White threatening to ban any athlete signing for the game.
EA Sports boss Peter Moore has brushed off UFC copycat allegations by explaining that Mixed Martial Arts has been in development for at least two years already.
EA Sports plans to release a fighting game every year, alternating between its Fight Night and new MMA franchises.
EA Sports boss Peter Moore has unveiled the company's next big sports franchise - MMA.
That stands for Mixed Martial Arts, don't you know. It was announced at EA's E3 press conference, but there was no word on release date or platforms.
Moore did promise "an authentic and broad mixed martial arts experience". He was standing in front of a funky logo and a picture of a man's muscly back, complete with tattoo. "We are more than ready for the fight," said Moore.