Just a few minutes ago, EA Sports released a good bit of new information on EA Sports UFC 2, the sequel to the 2014 game that started off their licensing deal with the UFC. The big ones, to get out of the way, are:
- We got the first gameplay trailer (see above).
- The game is out on March 15th, and of course you can pre-order it now (while Amazon hasn’t updated the date as of this posting, that should change later today). That’s even earlier than had been expected, as it was listed as “Spring 2016.” That’s still technically Winter, placeholder dates were listed as a week or two later, and the first game, also set for “Spring,” came out on the last Tuesday of the season in June).
- UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten, Pride legend/UFC Ultimate Japan tournament winner Kazushi Sakuraba, and a “mystery fighter” will be included as free downloadable content for those who pre-order.
- The deluxe edition of the game includes up to $60 of UFC Ultimate Team Premium Packs.
- As alluded to in previous coverage, there’s a “Grapple Assist” feature for the new grappling system, which is “an integrated visual tool to help players learn and perfect takedowns, ground game transitions, and submissions.”
Also, if you didn’t see it when I posted it two weeks ago, my roundup of the coverage so far includes a lot more details about the game.
Here’s the press release that EA Sports put out:
FINISH THE FIGHT WITH EA SPORTS UFC 2 STARTING MARCH 15
New Action-Packed Gameplay Trailer Highlights Big Moments From Recent Title Fights
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – January 5, 2016 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced EA SPORTS™ UFC® 2launches on March 15, 2016 in North America, and March 17, 2016 worldwide. In addition to the announcement, EA released a cinematic trailer for EA SPORTS UFC 2 featuring some of the biggest moments from recent bouts, showcasing authentic gameplay features, and highlighting new character visuals and signature animations. The trailer opens on EA SPORTS UFC 2 cover athlete and UFC® featherweight champion, Conor McGregor showing fans the all-new Knockout Physics System in his championship fight at UFC® 194. From there, fans will see Dynamic Grappling, and Next-Level Submissions while reliving some of the heart-stopping moments from recent fights, and speculating what could happen in upcoming contests. Watch the trailer here.
“Whether fans want to play upcoming cards, recreate the outcome of recent fights, or go back to fight with MMA legends, we’ll help them do that in the most authentic and exciting way ever in an MMA simulation,” said Brian Hayes, Creative Director. “Our first two pre-order fighters, Bas Rutten and Kazushi Sakuraba are perfect additions to what is already the biggest roster ever for an official UFC game. Adding them is huge, and fans are going to go nuts when we reveal who the mystery fighter is. I can’t wait.”
Fans excited to step into the Octagon® can pre-order EA SPORTS UFC 2 and get day one access to two legendary fighters: UFC Hall of Famer and three-time King of Pancrase, Bas Rutten; and Japanese MMA legend, “The Gracie Hunter” Kazushi Sakuraba, with an additional mystery fighter who will be named later.* The deluxe edition of the game also includes up to $60 of UFC Ultimate Team™ Premium Packs**. For pre-order information, visit http://easports.com/UFC/buy.
EA SPORTS UFC 2 is headlined by five brand new game modes including KO Mode and UFC Ultimate Team, a revamped Career Mode that lets fans create female fighters for the first time ever in an official UFC game, and Grapple Assist, an integrated visual tool to help players learn and perfect takedowns, ground game transitions, and submissions. Full feature and mode details can be found at http://easports.com/ufc/features.
* Internet connection and EA Account required. Must be 13+ to create an account. Offer restrictions apply. Please seewww.easports.com/ufc/game-and-offer-disclaimers for details.
**ADDED VALUE CALCULATED BASED ON AN UFC ULTIMATE TEAM PACK PRICE OF $2.00 AT GAME LAUNCH. PRICES MAY CHANGE. Offer restrictions apply. Please see www.easports.com/ufc/game-and-offer-disclaimers for details.
EA SPORTS UFC 2 is developed in Burnaby, British Columbia by EA Canada, and will be available on March 15 in North America and March 17 worldwide on Xbox One and PlayStation®4. More information is available on the EA SPORTS UFC website, and in-depth feature details will be announced in the months leading up to launch. Fans should keep an eye on the website, as well as theEA SPORTS UFC Facebook and Twitter pages to make sure they’re always up-to-date on the latest and greatest news.
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