EA Sports MMA wasn’t off to the best of starts as it released last year. The UFC challenger didn’t measure up to its competition critically nor sales wise, optimistic as EA was. Still, a sequel was a certainty; “there is definitely going to be an EA Sports MMA 2,” EA Sports producer Jeff Ecker promised in December.
That was before the UFC acquired fight series Strikeforce, which was included in EA’s game, this March. So things have changed.
“A world where we’re not involved in fighting is a world I’d rather not think about,” EA Sports’ worldwide development lead Andrew Wilson tells Kotaku. “That said, what goes on in the sport, and what’s gone on between the UFC and Strikeforce, certainly has an impact on what we can do in the space.”
UFC president Dana White has held no punches when it comes to criticising EA for getting into the MMA game, so a licensing deal appears unlikely (THQ currently has the exclusive license).
But there’s still hope for a new game.
“I am, other than [EA Sports MMA executive producer] Dale Jackson, probably the biggest MMA fan here,” Wilson said. “I used to watch the fights on pirate VHS tapes in black-and-white. I trained in jiu-jitsu with the Gracie family. I’m a huge fan of the sport.
“So it’s not a ‘no,’ but it’s also not a ‘yes,'” he adds. “We’d love for there to be one because I’m a diehard fan of the sport. We have to figure out how to make that happen.”
THQ’s next game on the sport, UFC Undisputed 3, is out early next year.