Fight fans rejoice as EA announced the reveal of EA Sports UFC 5. The full reveal will be in September 2023. As it implies, this will be the fifth installment of the partnership with the UFC until 2030. Fans can sign up to see the latest news here.
Coming soon #UFC5
Full reveal September 2023 🗓️
— EA SPORTS UFC (@EASPORTSUFC) July 8, 2023
EA UFC 5 reveal in September
For lack of a better term, EA’s run with the UFC franchise is something. EA UFC 1 was just EA MMA reskinned. EA UFC 2 is a fan favorite due to its wonky but charming animations and action. EA UFC 3 and 4 have shown improvement in the games but have their issues. EA UFC 4 notably lacks regular roster updates and has an idle career mode. However, could the response of EA UFC 4 be a flash in the pan for EA UFC 5?
In September 2022, SGO published a wishlist about UFC 5. In it, we stated UFC 5 should add pride mode, semi-regular roster updates, and a feeling of uniqueness to each fighter. Since this will likely be the last title before EA focuses on the development of the rebirth of Fight Night, UFC 5 should be a strong enough entry to last players for a few years.
Since EA has a monopoly on the UFC franchise until 2030, viable competitors have yet to emerge to light a fire under the EA brass. As MMA has grown, no other developer seems as interested in staking their name on the MMA game totem pole. Nonetheless, seeing what EA has in store for EA UFC 5 will be interesting.
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