At long last, gaming giant Electronic Arts has officially announced a release date for its highly anticipated, upcoming MMA title EA Sports UFC.
The game will hit stores in the United States June 17, 2014. The news was leaked at various GameStop stores across the country, which prematurely displayed posters for the game alongside the reveal that the long-hyped "mystery fighter" is in fact martial arts legend Bruce Lee, as Alex Schlinsky of FanSided noted.
A poster on the NeoGAF forum also took a snapshot of the poster. You can check it out here (scroll to the second post of the thread).
EA Sports UFC was first revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in 2012, with a multiyear, multiproduct deal between the world's largest game publisher and the world's largest mixed martial arts promotion being announced.
The announcement came just months after the release of UFC: Undisputed 3, which wound up being the final installment of the critically acclaimed series by the now-defunct publisher THQ. The license would change hands following the exchange of an undisclosed amount of cash, but it would also lead to a legal battle between the three parties in 2013.
While this is the first time Electronic Arts will be publishing a UFC title, it is not the first time it has ventured into MMA.
In 2010, it released EA Sports MMA, a title which largely featured fighters who, at the time, were under the Strikeforce banner, such as Fedor Emelianenko, Nick Diaz and Jason "Mayhem" Miller. The game was met with mixed, but generally decent reviews but was a dud at retail.
EA Sports UFC will be available exclusively for the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.