It’s been nearly a decade since the release of Fight Night Champion, EA Sports’ most recent boxing game; however, there seems to be a possibility the beloved franchise could be rebooted.
A Future EA Sports Fight Night
There are a myriad of reasons for the sudden halt to the successful series of games. For starters, EA closed its Chicago division, the primary location for the Fight Night series, in 2007. While production was moved elsewhere, it certainly caused work delays between the release of Fight Night Round 3 (2006) and Fight Night Round 4 (2009).
While nearly all of the games in the series were adored by fans and diehards, EA simply was not making enough money to continue production. Although Fight Night Champion was a hit among customers and critics, the sport of MMA had overthrown boxing by 2011, when Fight Night Champion was released. EA has since refocused its efforts, launching the MMA IP, and later, the UFC series with UFC 3 releasing this past February 2018.
During a Twitter Q&A in October, boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, said he’s been talking to EA Sports about the potential of a new boxing game.
Trying to convince @EASPORTS – would be huge https://t.co/X7vO7l8uDU
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) October 11, 2018
A potential reboot could be a massive success, depending on how the game is promoted. Specifically who would be on the cover? Gennady Golovkin? Canelo? Vasyl Lomachenko? Maybe a combination would be best to satisfy fans.
Many boxing fans are hopeful that Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao would be on the cover of a new boxing game. Mayweather would likely demand a minimum of nine figures for his likeness, and Pacquiao does not have the same pull as he did years ago.
Miss Fight Night? Here is what another EA Developer has to say about the series returning below.
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