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

Monday, 7 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago

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    Life is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment has said the second episode is on track for release this month. I guess it would know. Life is Strange Episode 2 has been expected on March 13, but late last week Square Enix told Destructoid it had been delayed. Dontnod has since denied this report, describing it as […]

  • First SteamVR game reveal is Job Simulator

    Job Simulator is the first game to be announced specifically for SteamVR, Valve’s virtual reality tech. Shoot Many Robots and Aaaaa! For the Awesome! developer Owlchemy Labs is the first team to put its hand up and say it’s worked with SteamVR. In a blog post, the studio unveiled Job Simulator, which will be playable […]

  • HTC, Valve partner for Vive VR headset

    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]

  • Dragon’s Dogma Online really is lovely, as these screenshots prove

    More Dragon’s Dogma Online screenshots have been released, and this batch is just as lovely as the last gallery we posted. Since this game will likely never leave Japan, the images are a bit of a salt rub for fans of the IP, but hopefully another entry in the series will be released at some […]

  • Action-RPG Death’s Gambit has a classic-Castlevania feel to it

    How would you like to become an agent of Death and rid the world of immortals? Then Death’s Gambit may just be the game for you. Announced by LA-based studio White Rabbit, the action-RPG with platforming elements tasks players with fighting gigantic enemies on an alien, medieval planet. Players will also encounter formidable beasts, knights, […]

  • Modder adds offline co-op into Resident Evil: Revelations 2

    PC users lamenting the lack of local, offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be pleased to know a modder has remedied the omission. The mod, created by FluffyQuack, adds offline co-op mode to Episode 1 but the only caveat is players will need to use gamepads instead of mouse and keyboard (via Gamespot). […]

  • Number of Steam accounts with Dota 2 installed hits over 42 million

    Dota 2 has seen its installation rate jump 85% year-over-year, resulting in the MOBA now having close to 43 million installations worldwide. The figures were published via a report from video game research and consulting firm EEDAR, which studied Steam accounts daily to better understand the service’s player behavior and title performance. According to statistics […]

  • Nintendo issuing Eon Ticket codes for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

    Nintendo is handing out an Eon Ticket to Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire owners which will allow them to visit the Southern Island. Once a player arrives, depending on which version of the game they own, Pokemon Latios and Latias are able to be caught. The Eon Ticket was originally issued via StreetPass, but […]

  • Here’s a couple The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt screenshots to brighten your day

    Two images for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have surfaced on the game’s Facebook page. Grabbed by Gamekyo, the images show Gerlat and Vesemir chatting with a fellow, and the other shows Geralt riding up to some ruins where some people have been hanged. CD Projekt Red will make an appearance at PAX East next […]

  • Hyrule Warriors Boss Pack DLC contains unlockable character – potential spoilers

    While you already know the next DLC for Hyrule Warriors will allow you to play as the gigantic beast Ganon, there’s a rather humorous unlockable character contained in it as well. Potential spoilers follow below. When the DLC arrived in Japan February 26, YouTuber moccos-tan IsedelicaAs posted a video of the unlockable character, which is […]

  • Star Trek Online players gather on Vulcan to pay respects to Leonard Nimoy

    Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Leonard Nimoy yesterday by gathering around a fountain on Vulcan, the home planet of Spock in the Star Trek series. According to a post by barnacle999 on reddit, when he logged into the MMO “there were around 20 full instances and several partial,” culminating in around 1000 players […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video shows invasion of The Forlorn

    A new Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin gameplay video has been released, and provides the viewer with a look at the NPC invader system. Watch below as The Forlorn hunts down the player through the game with “with deadly skill and tenacity.” He even teams up with other enemies, making your fight […]

  • Visual upgrade for Wasteland 2, improved modding tools in the works

    A visual upgrade and improved mod tools are in the works for Wasteland 2, according to a blog post from inXile Entertainment. The upgrades will come about as the game’s codebase is migrated from Unity 4.5 to Unity 5. “A major benefit of moving to Unity 5 is that 5 will include many of the […]

  • Battlefield Hardline brings “Hollywood crime drama” to single-player campaign

    In the fifth developer diary for Battlefield Hardline, the team discusses how it’s bringing “Hollywood crime drama” to the shooter’s single-player campaign. The video was released a couple of days ago, so apologies are in order if this has been posted already, but I promise I searched the site and never found it. Visceral Games […]

  • Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a pause for tactics isometric RPG coming in 2016

    Masquerada: Songs and Shadows is a 2.5D isometric RPG, built in the vein of Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age in the works at Withing Hour Studios. The game allows the player to pause combat to plan party tactics. “Set in the Venetian-inspired fantasy city of Ombre where rare masks are the key to casting magic, […]

  • Underworld Ascendant surpasses Kickstarter goal

    Underworld Ascendant which was launched on Kickstarter earlier this month, has met its  $600,000 funding goal. With six days left 10,786 backers pledged $610,541 In light of being funded, the team has also switched up the stretch goals as bit, as you can see in the image below. The studio, OtherSide Entertainment, is fronted by Paul Neurath, […]

  • Latest Evolve patch fixes progress and save game data loss on Xbox One

    A patch for Evolve has been released on Xbox One which fixes lost progress and save game data users had reported. The patch also fixes an issue with shadows and flashlight, makes incremental improvements to matchmaking, invites, and rejoining, and there were progressions balance changes. “The issue with lost progress and saved games was mostly […]

  • Online servers for Ridge Racer Unbounded shut down in Europe

    Online functionality for Ridge Racer Unbounded is no longer available, Namco Bandai Europe has announced. Solo mode and the track editor are still playable, minus the sharing options. Ridge Racer Unbounded was released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in March 2013. Thanks, MCV.

  • OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title on 3DS and Wii U

    Curve Digital has announced OlliOlli will be a cross-buy title when it releases on 3DS and Wii U. The Roll7 title will be the first third-party title to offer the functionality on the systems. OllliOlli will be released on the eShop March 5 The game launches on Nintendo’s eShop on March 5th, followed by Xbox […]

  • Darkbeast electrifies latest Bloodborne video

    The latest Bloodborne video shows off another monster in the game. This one is Darkbeast and he’s full of electricity. The video is the last of IGN’s month-long coverage of the title.

  • Future Assassin’s Creed games will have greater focus on modern timeline

    Ubisoft plans to focus more on modern timelines in future Assassin’s Creed games, the company suggested during its latest community livestream. During the Twitch stream, one of the lead writers for the Assassin’s Creed series, Darby McDevitt, said the modern timeline for Brotherhood’s town of Monteriggioni could inspire future development. “That only came about because […]

  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

    Halfbrick has announced Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 for Xbox One will release next month. The mobile title made its way onto Xbox 360 garnering 1 million downloads as of March 2012. It has a new multiplayer mode for up to four players with Battle and Party modes along with a new progression system. An announcement […]

  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

    Sony Japan has accidentally erased all information obtained from PlayStation owners who entered to win a 20th Anniversary PlayStation 4. Those who purchased PlayStation 3, PS4, Vita or Vita TV between December 4 – January 15 were handed a calendar with a code which entered them into the contest. Somehow, all data collected from the […]

  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

    Hearthstone’s next update may be based on World of Warcraft’s Molten Core raid, if datamined information posted on Hearthpwn is spot-on. According to files mined from the latest patch, three new cosmetic card backs are on the way, one of which is called Molten Core. The data suggests that pre-ordering the Blackrock Mountain expansion will […]

  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

    Gadgets contained in Battlefield Hardline’s campaign mode have been detailed, and each provides the player with various ways in which to solve crimes. According to design director Scott Warner, one way to “diffuse” a conflict when confronted with criminal activity is to flash your badge and ordering the criminal to freeze. Putting your gun on […]

  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

    After promising a new Mortal Kombat X reveal “soon”, NetherRealm Studios has made good on said promise by releasing the story trailer. The video shows parts of the story mode featuring Mileena, which takes place 25 years after the events of 2011′s Mortal Kombat. Outworld has become a larger threat and new fighters joining the […]

  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.