After the mixed reviews, mixed reactions and awesome glitch videos, I wasn't sure if EA would create another UFC game. But here it is. EA has announced EA Sports UFC 2 and — perhaps worryingly — it's making its debut without a shred of gameplay footage.
This tweet, for example, posted yesterday is literally a number inside a shape. That's it. And a promise for more today.
The Wait is Finally Over! Tune in tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/r8fQnsEWZg
— EA SPORTS UFC (@EASPORTSUFC) November 9, 2015
As a huge UFC fan I was keen to see precisely what the game looked like, what improvements were being made, etc. So I awaited the full reveal with anticipation.
Here's what I got:
This is quite literally a video game trailer without a video game.
It's a series of highlight reels, slow motion knockouts, edited alongside some generic 'sports' music and a voiceover with a series of promises. That's it. A very strange debut indeed.
Especially when you consider the reaction to EA Sports UFC, a game that disappointed many MMA fans, casual or otherwise. A game that ended up being notorious for its bugs. You'd think EA Sports UFC 2 would come out swinging, but no. It's a very strange unveiling indeed.
According to the EA Sports UFC Twitter account, this trailer is "setting the tone" for a full feature reveal this coming Friday. So hopefully this is just the start of something a little more substantial in terms of gameplay footage.
— EA SPORTS UFC (@EASPORTSUFC) November 10, 2015
The game is scheduled for Autumn 2016 in Australia, which actually isn't that far away. It reminds me of the way the original EA Sports UFC was revealed to fans — EA didn't reveal footage of EA Sports in action until relatively close till release. Maybe the team feels like that's the best course of action here?
But most likely EA has decided that this week — in the lead up to UFC 193 — is good timing for the announcement of the video game. Ronda Rousey is fighting in the biggest live UFC event of all time and a lot of mainstream eyeballs will be on the sport of MMA. It makes sense to announce the game now. I just want to see the actual video game.