Steel City Interactive’s highly anticipated boxing game has a new name: Undisputed. The game’s official Twitter account, which is now @PlayUndisputed, confirmed the name change earlier today. In a short video, Steel City Interactive Creative Director Ash Habib shared some thoughts on the new name. The biggest reason for the name change? Clarity.
Undisputed, Steel City Interactive’s Upcoming Boxing Game
Habib says the developers wanted to change the name to avoid confusion in the title. Most of that confusion was centered around the use of the term “eSports.” “We’ve had a number of questions around, ‘is it an online-only game, is there a single player?’” laments Habib in the video. Removing the reference to eSports will, in Habib’s eyes, help to deter some of those questions. In a press release, Habib said “the new name is a good reflection of what we want the game to be.”
I’ve commented on how odd the old name was in the past. Why was eSports in Undisputed’s original title in the first place? The “eSports” in ESBC referred to the company’s wish to host a yearly Undisputed tournament. According to Habib back in 2020, the winner of this theoretical tournament will be crowed the “eWBC Champion of the world whilst receiving a physical belt.” Obviously, any information about a competitive circuit is second seat to the development of the game. However, I’m curious to see whether Steel City continues to pursue the idea of the eWBC after the game’s eventual release.
When Will Undisputed Come Out?
The name change is the biggest news to come out of Undisputed in a few months. Steel City Interactive hosted another development round table for Undisputed at the beginning of September. At the beginning of the video, Habib shared his thoughts on the game’s release date, or lack thereof. In these round tables, the developers often received requests to simply drop a release date. Obviously, it’s not that simple, says Habib. “The game that we’re making… you know, there’s a lot of moving parts on what we’re trying to achieve here.” Habib also said that the team doesn’t want to release a buggy product, even if it’s in Early Access. “I don’t want to put anything out if Ali or Canela or Tyson does something and it’s like, ‘woah, hang on, that was a little bit strange.’”
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