Fight Night team to develop EA’s UFC game

Thursday, 19th July 2012 01:11 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA Canada’s Fight Night studio in Burnaby has been chosen to develop the first game based on the recently-acquired UFC license.

EA Sports confirmed the team selection with Kotaku, giving the temporary title of EA Sports UFC.

A new division, apparently called the Fighting Team, has been created to oversee EA Sports’ combat-centric titles. Fight Night Champion design lead Brian Hayes will serve as creative director for the new squad.

Hayes told Kotaku EA Canda is pleased as punch (gettit) about the new project, which was a smuch of a surprise to them as to us.

“Most of the team didn’t even know about [the new UFC game] until the announcement at E3. We were all watching it together and when Andrew Wilson and [UFC president] Dana White took the stage, everybody starting cheering. It was great,” he said.

THQ sold the UFC license after its third game won critical praise but failed to break even; the team behind the game was laid off, axing an in-progress fourth game.

Pictured: THQ’s UFC Undisputed 3.



  1. Uncontested

    THQ had a monster on their hands but they chose to squander is away.. The first game was awesome… and then they promptly abandoned it. They never patched, never added new fighters, never changed stats, never updated who held titles.. I can only assume the same happened in the next games, because after such a bad taste in my mouth from the first game I never bought another THQ UFC game… Never wasted my money with EA’s MMA game.. that was a joke too.. lol..

    EA will waste this license just like they are with NCAA and the NFL right now.. barely making improvements to each years game.. and just pissing off the fans of these franchises more and more,

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TD_Monstrous69

    @Uncontested, Your comment is about to be…..CONTESTED! In actuality, the UFC games got progressively better with each entry, with Undisputed 3 being the finest entry in the UFC series of games. Now I can’t really contest your opinion, because it is just that, your opinion. But what I can say is that your argument or little rant is mostly based in sheer ignorance, for judging a series on one game, without playing the other entries (if you still can’t get over the bad taste, try mouthwash). Sure, you have a point as far as patches and updates for the first UFC game is concerned, and EA’s MMA wasn’t the greatest game (but not a bad first try for a studio new to this type of game), but far as EA mismanaging the NCAA and NFL licenses, the sales numbers and the usually high-rated reviews on those games disagree (though I am with you as far as quality goes, EA dropped the ball with Madden last year, and I really don’t care for college football). If anything, EA has mismanaged the Fight Night license. I mean, Fight Night Champion was maybe the best Fight Night game ever made, but ended up flopping in sales due to little to almost no advertising push from EA (that, and boxing just isn’t as prominent as it was 20-30 years ago).
    To hear that the Fight Night team is developing the 1st UFC game from EA is nothing short of encouraging, and really has my hopes high for what they could do with the UFC license, especially using the same fighting tech used in Fight Night Champion. Plus, seeing as how the UFC’s involved, which is its own large corporate entity, instead of boxing, which is made up of many different entities, a broad network of support for the game should be there.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. The_Red

    This is rather promising because every single pro wrestling or MMA game I’ve seen in recent years has looked like plastic men fighting in Barbie rings / arenas. The original UFC Undisputed from THQ was the only major visual upgrade.

    With the team behind stunning Fight Night games, hopefully we can see a somewhat realistic looking game in this series.

    #3 2 years ago

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