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EA Sports MMA takes a sales beating, but sequel still a matter of “when,” not “if”

Thursday, 2nd December 2010 09:18 GMT By Nathan Grayson

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When your game’s been out for less than a month and analysts are verbally slamming it with slobber-knockers like “DOA at retail,” it might be time to throw in the towel.

EA, however, hasn’t even considered it.

“There is definitely going to be an EA Sports MMA 2,” EA Sports MMA producer Jeff Ecker told Figure Four Daily (via CrunchGear), adding that the sequel’s release is a matter of when, not if.

The game was very well-received critically, but lacked the brand recognition or drawing power of the UFC. As a result, its pithy 45,000 first-month sales may as well have been a scrawny lightweight matched against UFC Undisputed 2010‘s Brock Lesnar.

In other words, if EA pulls this off, God’s going to be accused of being unoriginal for doing an exact repeat of his performance during “David vs. Goliath.” Best of luck, EA. You’ll be needing it.

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4 Comments

  1. trivi4l

    Everyone complains that this game has a bunch of no-names (except Randy Orton) which is the reason why it’s not getting any sales.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. xxJPRACERxx

    Randy Orton in MMA? I’m sure you meant Randy Couture?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Funkyd

    I’m glad. It’s a great game imo, superior to UFC’s iterations. Pity it seems to be the licensed names that draw, not the gameplay.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. MushroomStamp

    License always matters. Madden shows us this. As far as gameplay goes. I have put in no less than 50 hours into UFC and I don’t find a problem with the controls. Only complaint is knowing what to do in each situation. Their Tutorial is non existent. That being said,the EA MMA controls never gelled with me or my friends. So it’s not like their gameplay is better… cuz it’s not. It offers nothing over the UFC iteration. To beat a game, especially one that has the recognizable players, you need to excel above and beyond in the gameplay department, which MMA did not do.

    #4 4 years ago

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