From MMACube EA discusses MMA game on E3:
EA Sports today at E3 announced it's not impressed with THQs video game. EA says the world of MMA is big and it shouldn't just be limited to the UFC, so they decided to create their own game called MMA. Rumor has it that it will feature the biggest stars in MMA that never got show cased by the UFC the likes of Fedor, Barnett, Arlovski, Shinya Aoki, and much much more. There is still no real information about the game, but EA says it will conquer theUFC's version.
There is still no real information but there is plenty of speculation! People are throwing out idea but expect this game sometime in 2010!
Here is what 1UP said about the E3 announcement:
Details were extremely scarce, but the new franchise is, obviously, based on the increasingly popular sport of mixed martial arts fighting. Moore described the game as the "second leg" in their effort to "reenergize and redefine the fighting category," with Fight Night Round 4 being the first. This essentially creates a real competitor to THQ's UFC franchise, with UFC 2009 Undisputed the latest entry.
EA Tiburon is working on the game, which is due in 2010. No other details were revealed.
Other fighters that were already tagged to appear in the game are Frank Shamrock and Randy Couture. To me, it sounds like EA may be using a promotion approach, where they would use a lineup that would consist of Strikeforce, Affliction, and DREAM fighters. One thing that they could do to differentiate themselves from UFC Undisputed is allow you to create your own promotion and start it up from scratch, and do a career mode in that manner, like creating a new franchise in the NFL, MLB, or NBA.
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - (Business Wire) Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that an all-new fighting title is in development at EA Tiburon in Orlando, under the EA SPORTS™ brand.EA SPORTS MMA will be available in 2010 on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system.
EA SPORTS MMA will feature the most authentic, intense and broad mixed martial arts experience to date – complete with a vast array of top fighters and fighting styles from around the world.
"With Fight Night Round 4 set to deliver a knockout with industry-leading visuals and genre-defining gameplay later this month, I couldn’t be more excited to announce the expansion of our combat sports strategy with EA SPORTS MMA coming in 2010," said EA SPORTS President Peter Moore. "Fans have been begging EA SPORTS to get into the cage, and EA SPORTS MMA will put them in control of the sport’s unique combat experience while finally, in an immersive interactive experience, capturing the raw intensity that has made mixed martial arts one of the fastest growing sports in the world. We’re ready for the fight."
The EA Tiburon studio carries a successful legacy, and is a leader in innovation, within sports video games. In August of 2008, EA Tiburon was named by GamePro Magazine as one of the top eight most powerful studios in the entire gaming industry. It is home to highly touted franchises, such as Madden NFL, NCAA® Football and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR®.
For more information about EA SPORTS MMA, log onto www.easportsmma.com.
EA SPORTS™ is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world, with top-selling titles and franchises including Madden NFL, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® and NASCAR® racing.
Which Fighters Are Already In The Game?
According to MMAJunkie, it appears that Frank Shamrock, Frank Trigg, Randy Couture among other non-UFC fighters will be in the game. According to MMAPayout, Gina Carano could be on board as well.
However, sources tell MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) Frank Shamrock and Frank Trigg are two of the likenesses expected to be in the game. Current UFC heavyweight Randy Couture, who spent much of 2008 in a contract dispute with the UFC, is also a rumored fighter in the game. Dozens of additional (non-UFC) fighters are expected to be in the first release.