Earlier this morning, I started hearing rumors that EA Sports would be announcing a follow-up to its original MMA game, which was creatively titled EA MMA.
The rumor seemed like nonsense to me because I'd heard for well over a year that the EA MMA franchise was dead and that there would be no sequels. I didn't pay a lot of attention to it.
That is, until UFC president Dana White tweeted the following:
UFC had done a deal with EA sports for the UFC video game!!!!!!! :)— Dana White (@danawhite) June 4, 2012
White concurrently took the stage at the E3 video-game conference in Los Angeles to announce the deal. No game footage was shown during the presentation—it was simply a montage of great UFC highlights.
I'm sure plenty of you are gamers, but even those of you who aren't probably played EA MMA and at least one iteration of the UFC Undisputed series from THQ. There are hardcore fans of both games, but for my money, EA MMA had the best game play and control setup.
So it's good news—really good news, actually—that EA has acquired the UFC license and will be making the games going forward. EA is the best in the business when it comes to sports games, and you have to assume that they'll treat this project correctly and make one of the best MMA games to date.