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EA puts Fight Night on hold in favor of UFC

by Steve Watts, May 24, 2013 12:30pm PDT

In the sports sub-genre of "men hitting each other," you might have noticed Fight Night Series has gone a bit quiet lately. EA Sports head Andrew Wilson says that's because the company has refocused that team towards its recent acquisition of the UFC rights.

"Right now, a great portion of the core of the Fight Night team are actually the team that are building UFC," Wilson told IGN. He added that the team has "an amazing understanding of the pugilistic arts" and they're "really dedicated and focused on UFC right now." Of course, UFC tends to involve a good deal more kicking than boxing.

So what fate lies in store for the sweet science? Wilson seems noncommittal. "Do I see a future for Fight Night? You know, sure. But right now, UFC is where our fighting focus is."

EA hasn't detailed its UFC game yet, but at Tuesday's Xbox One announcement, UFC was among the franchises represented when EA Sports took the stage. The company said next-gen EA Sports titles (including UFC) will use the new "Ignite" engine, which promises better AI and 3D crowds.




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