EA has been keeping quiet on the release date for its anticipated interpretation of MMA as a sports video game, but now we finally have a release date for the game. And, in a brilliant stroke of genius, they've made Bruce Lee a pre-order bonus.
First off the release date. It appears as though EA Sports UFC will be released on June 17 in the US. We're still waiting to hear from EA on the Australian release date, but we expect something very similar.
At all times EA had promised that EA Sports UFC would release in Spring (in the Northern Hemisphere) and this is pushing things (Spring officially ends on June 21)! Still, great to get a solid date.
As for Bruce Lee, he is roundly described as the first mixed-martial artist, because of his passion for adding techniques from all different types of fighting arts into his own repertoire. Primarily known for his Kung-Fu, Bruce Lee also studied boxing and Jiu Jitsu. He was also obsessed with trying to learn how to fight on the ground, and studied with famed Judo practitioner Gene Lebell. Having Bruce Lee in this game is a masterstroke. Wonder what weight class he fights in? 135? 125? Definitely one of the lighter classes for sure.
Also: I really like this cover art. Subtle. Clean. Purty. And if Jon Jones gets through Glover Texiera (and he probably will) his next fight will actually be against secondary cover star Alexander Gustafson. Great timing.