I'm a massive fan of combat sports in general, especially MMA. And while I loved what THQ did with the UFC license, I always felt like the Fight Night series was a far more polished experience. So when EA announced that it had acquired the license to produce the next UFC game, I got excited. Now, as stated on EA's Facebook page, it's all set to finally reveal the game tomorrow — I'm assuming at the Microsoft conference.
I got excited for a couple of reasons. First, I love UFC, and I want to play a well-made game about the sport. Secondly, I'm secretly hoping for a narrative style sporting experience like the one seen in Fight Night Champion. Imagine a fully fledged UFC story experience: you start in The Ultimate Fighter, work your way to the finals. You win. Beat some contenders... then finally you get to face the final boss: a UFC super fight with undisputed wizard and time lord Anderson Silva. The stories just write themselves.
I don't know for sure, but I can only hope that the Fight Night team has some input into the UFC game. They've done such a stellar job with the Fight Night series to the point where it's neck and neck with FIFA for my favourite video games sports series.
Can't wait to see what they've done with the license.