EA’s next Fight Night boxing game, codenamed “Moneyball,” is set to release in a few years. According to sources close to Electronic Arts, a new Fight Night game has received the green light and is entering the early stages of development. Not much is currently known about this rumored Fight Night game.
A studio-wide e-mail that VGC has seen suggests that the ongoing development of UFC has temporarily paused Fight Night’s development. Electronic Arts feels that having two fighting games being developed simultaneously is too difficult for their staff to accomplish.
“We’re very excited about UFC 5 and we want to eliminate the split focus that several members of our leadership team have had over the past while so we can solely focus on delivering migration and UFC 5 at high quality.”
While it suggested that EA will only focus on UFC 5, the complications around likeness and licensing boxers are Fight Night’s biggest obstacles. However, EA is fully aware of the fan’s request for a new Fight Night game.
Fight Night Pitched Idea
Over the last couple of years, the possibility of Fight Night’s return has gotten stronger. We’ve reported on all kinds of Fight Night rumors in that time period. Back in 2019, British sports promoter Eddie Hearn said that he pitched a Fight Night idea to EA.
“I think the return of EA Sports Fight Night would be huge.” Hearn stated.
The latest release in the Fight Night series was Fight Night Champion. The game was well-received, with review scores landing in the mid to high 80’s on Metacritic. Fight Night Champion was praised for its story mode and overall gameplay.
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