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EA Sports UFC: Bruce Lee in-game images appear, studio responds

Monday, 7th April 2014 11:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

EA Sports UFC has a release date and a batch of in-game images of cameo fighter Bruce Lee in action, along with comment from the team.

UPDATE:

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There’s Lee’s posthumous appearance, but apparently the model doesn’t just look like Bruce Lee, it is Lee.

Confused? Talk us through it art director Ian Lloyd, “This does not just look like Bruce Lee. It is Bruce Lee. The way he carries himself, his fighting stance, his rippling physique, devastating speed, signature strikes and accompanying yells, whoops and shrieks.

“We have summoned this pinnacle of human strength, speed and spirit into our world and it has truly been an honor and a career highlight for us to do so.”

Via Kotaku.

ORIGINAL STORY: A photo of a retail display for the game was posted on the AllGamesBeta Twitter.

The display shows a release date of June 17 for the PS4 and Xbox One brawler, and mentions that pre-orders “get instant access to “The Father of Mixed Martial Arts”, Bruce Lee.

EA Sports UFC is the first licensed UFC game since EA acquired the license from THQ, and is in the works at Fight Night developer EA Canada

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8 Comments

  1. Digital Bamboo

    Too bad I don’t have a PS4 yet. I don’t even play fighting games, but I’d make an exception for this.

    I’m going to go ahead and get out in front of the old question ‘Could Bruce Lee make it against todays UFC fighters?’ before this DLC undoubtedly re-ignites the argument across the internet and beyond–Yes.

    “But X is so much bigger than Bruce Lee was,” you protest “he outweighs him by Y pounds!”

    Doesn’t matter.

    The mass of a bullet is very low, it is its velocity that makes it deadly. Even if todays UFC fighters hit like a hammer, they can’t out-swing a bullet.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. ManuOtaku

    Agree, he was the best gifted fighter with a great physical condition. I havent purchased this series not much into MMA, more a fan of wrestling games, but with this i will buy it in a heartbeat. EA knows this thats why they are including him.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. mightyhokie

    @1-2
    Sorry guys, but I think you are speaking out of hype more than facts. Bruce Lee was a genius i many ways, and had he grown up at the same time as Jon Jones, where MMA was an actual fighting style as opposed to 3 styles, he might have been the greatest fighter or all time. As it stands, the fact is he wasn’t a professional fighter. He was a philosopher who had extreme dedication and talent towards the martial arts. Don’t take my word for it. Here is Bas Rutten, considered by many to be one of the top 5 greatest fighters of all time, explaining why his personal hero and the man who inspired him to start martial arts. http://youtu.be/TWZBSBab-Es Lee was a talented person for sure, but even he would tell you that size does matter especially if the opponent is skilled too. And if the person is super huge, even skill wouldn’t matter much. For (an extreme) example, Bruce Lee verses Andre the Giant, Lee being someone who dedicated his life to the martial arts and Andre being a fake fighter, would end with Lee laying in a heap of his own stool and dead. Andre was so big that he could literally take leg in his hands and snap it like a twig. I don’t care who you are, if you leg is broken you are out of the fight. And if someone 40 pounds more than Lee got him in a bad position it would be tough (to say the least) to get out of that spot. Now, Royce Gracie did beat people who outweighed him by 50-100 pounds, but that was at a time when no one…NO ONE…knew anything about Brazilian Jujitsu. That is a different animal. It is a style made so smaller guys can beat bigger guys, and Royce was a good at his form of martial arts as Lee was at his. At that time the fight game was split into three styles: strikers, wrestlers, and submission artists. Keep a submission guy on his feet so you can outstrike him and you have an advantage. For example, in a boxing match Muhammad Ali would absolutely destroy almost anyone. But allow someone to take him down and submit him and Ali would have pretty much zero chance if he didn’t knock the guy out before they hit the ground. Ali knew this…http://youtu.be/D2LwZVTHwdc
    So sorry I got off on a tangent. The point is this: Lee was a great mind and a physical specimen. However, size and skill do matter. As for your ‘can’t out-swing a bullet’, Lee wasn’t a bullet. He was a man. A talented man, but not a proven fighter. And in the UFC right now there are probably 50 guys in his own weight class that would destroy him. He was a philosopher and he really, truly was the start of MMA but in the end he was really an actor. He did have (reportedly) street fights, but not professional fights.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. salarta

    “In honor of Bruce Lee’s legacy, we’re gonna give you the chance to beat him!”

    I really don’t have any kind of huge animosity toward this idea, but it does seem kind of wrong to me. Is it a fair homage to include Bruce Lee as a character that you can fight as or that you can defeat in a video game? Would Bruce Lee want to be a pre-order bonus incentive to get people to buy a video game, and if not pre-ordering means he’s only available if someone pays money for him, would he want that?

    These are thoughts that go beyond just this game, and into things like the video games based around his identity. How much of it is “We want to honor this man and everything he stood for,” and how much is “We want to sell more copies of this game by using his likeness to boost sales?”

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Digital Bamboo

    @mightyhokie And it begins.

    I’m not going to get into this, since we clearly aren’t going to change each others mind on the matter, but after you say stuff like Bruce Lee was “not a proven fighter” “just an actor” and “in the UFC there are probably 50 guys in his own weight class that would destroy him” it becomes very hard to take you seriously.

    The difference between street fights and professional bouts is that in street fights there are no rules, so I don’t see how Bruce Lee fighting gang members on the rooftops of Hong Kong as a teenager makes him any less of a badass than guys who get paid lots of money to beat each other in timed matches with a ref and the option to tap out.

    #5 9 months ago
  6. xxJPRACERxx

    @Digital Bamboo “so I don’t see how Bruce Lee fighting gang members on the rooftops of Hong Kong as a teenager makes him any less of a badass than guys who get paid lots of money to beat each other in timed matches with a ref and the option to tap out.”

    In a professional fight the opponent is clearly a professional fighter. In a street fight the opponent can be anybody who don’t necessarily know how to fight. A pro fighter only do one thing : train to fight and get better at it.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. mightyhokie

    @Digital Bamboo
    Okay…ever seen a redneck fight? how about a gang member? Unskilled people who’s highly emotional fighting style is pretty much hands down-chin out. Lee would mop the floor with them because he was a seriously trained martial artist and super talented at his craft. Put him in a situation with a fighter equally as skilled and you have a different story. Just watch a boxer box someone who isn’t a boxer, that should be proof enough. When Lee died he was a master of two styles, both striking based with some pretty wonky submissions and zero wrestling. He experimented with other things but he did die quite young. If you have ever taken karate or any of the traditional martial arts you will have to admit that while there are things that will def help you there is also a whoooooole lot of stuff that will totally not work in a real fight. Lee knew that. That is why he created Jeet Kune Do…to throw away things that don’t work and keep those that do, and learn every fighting style you can and learn what works and what doesn’t (what we now call MMA). Lee was a great teacher and philosopher but to suggest that he would dominate a fighting style, which he helped to start, that has progressed 45 years after his death is pretty foolish. If someone in today’s UFC fought Bruce Lee they would try and take him down and would then make him look pretty foolish. If he had been able to train for 1-3 years, probably not because he was very talented and smart. Its not like the guys who fight for a living are pussies who can’t take a punch,either. So get the ‘one punch knockout’ out of your mind because the odds are not in his favor on that. For example, here is Diego Sanchez vs Clay Guida (http://youtu.be/OyoaF3RYBmw). As you can see these guys hit each other A LOT, especially Sanchez beating on Clay. And what it doesn’t show is a veeeeeeeery solid kick to Guida’s head that knocked him like 4 ft onto the mat. To knock a man out who is a trained professional fighter is really just a matter of hitting them from a blind spot. And these guys outweigh Lee by 20 pounds. And just because MMA is a sport doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work ‘in a real street fight’. In my experience the techniques learned in the octagon work just as effectively outside the cage as inside. But we will never know how Lee would have done because he was born too soon and died too young. Of that, at least, I’m sure we can agree.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. Digital Bamboo

    @mightyhokie / xxJPRACERxx
    Though I can certainly agree that Lee died too young, I can see that this argument is going nowhere otherwise.
    If you think Lee didn’t train to fight or only faced unskilled opponents, then you don’t know Bruce Lee. mightykoie, you are also putting words in my mouth. I don’t think UFC guys are pussies that can’t take a punch, or that Bruce Lee would knock them out with a single punch. In fact, were Lee alive (as a young man) when UFC exisited I believe he would view it with a similar disdain as he did Kung Fu expositions–mostly for show.

    I used the rooftop fights as an example, because that is the type of arena Bruce Lee believed in. The reason you don’t (and won’t) see any Kung Fu (or similar) Masters fighting in UFC is that those martial arts are designed to be used against attackers who have lethal intent, with equal response. The matches would probably be over quickly, and end with someone having a broken limb, back, or neck. I don’t follow UFC closely, but I’m pretty sure you aren’t allowed to break someones bones or kill the guy on purpose. There isn’t a television network in the world that would air a real-life Mortal Kombat (hyperbole).

    There are parts of the human body that are vulnerable to attack no matter how big you are–like knees. If Lee, in his prime, were to face one of the big UFC guys today in a no rules match, IMO he’d just do something like break his knee faster than the other guy could react, and it would be over. But if you’re talking UFC rules, Lee would never agree to fight because it’s designed to be a drawn-out spectator sport.

    #8 9 months ago

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