EA Sports UFC allows players to create their own characters, but the muscular men concocted in the game cannot be shared with other players, due to copyright issues.
Speaking with MMAjunkie, the game’s creative director Brian Hayes said the UFC game won’t contain the Fighter Share feature which was implemented into 2010’s EA Sports MMA, due to players creating fighters not licensed by EA.
“Nowadays, when people can make YouTube clips and share them, there’s this whole gray area where if our game allows users to make a Rocky character that’s the intellectual property of somebody else, it causes a ton of problems,” said Hayes. “There is a Create-A-Fighter, and you could create you own [sic] Rocky, but when we are facilitating the sharing of content, it gets very difficult.”
As Polygon notes, in EA Sports MMA, players created and shared character likeness of famous people such as Bruce Lee, Snoop Dogg and Harry Potter, causing EA all sorts of headaches.
EA Sports UFC is due on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in northern spring.