Mixed Martial Arts from all over the world cannot wait any longer! Fortunately for them, EA is already well advanced in the works to release its fifth and latest UFC video game, even temporarily dropping Fight Night to focus all their efforts on this upcoming edition.
While most of the information we’ve gotten about UFC 5 has come through leaks, rumors, and speculation, official sources have already confirmed a thing or two about the upcoming video game, mostly about enhanced gameplay experience and grip mechanics. Unfortunately, Electronic Arts has been quite tight-lipped about some of the key details.
Even so, we strongly expect UFC 5 to have plenty of improvements and new features, or they’ll risk losing plenty of customers and fans who have complained about the grip mechanics, career mode immersion, and fighter stamina and endurance.
So, even though we still have no official word from EA Vancouver, it is a fact that we’ll get a breath-taking game for the latest generation gaming consoles, such as PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X. Let’s discuss what we know so far.
Will UFC 5 Drop In 2023?
Video game insider Tom Henderson from Insider Gaming has recently confirmed that UFC 5 is, in fact, in the works. Once again, that means that Fight Night’s development is halted at the moment, as most of the developers are now focusing all their efforts on this video game.
Moreover, the insider confirmed that the game is likely to drop by summer 2023, or the backend of the third quarter of the year, as the worst-case scenario, albeit Electronic Arts Vancouver, has yet to confirm this information.
Nonetheless, folks at VCG also seem to confirm this information, claiming they got the tea via mail and stating that most of EA’s development staff has indeed shifted its attention from Fight Night to UFC 5
“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,” read the report.
Well, there’s no denying that MMA has become one of the fastest-growing sports on Earth over the past decade or so. EA made the most of that with its release of UFC in 2014, with three sequels released every two years. That means we’re already behind schedule, as we haven’t had a new game since 2020.
UFC video games stand out for their raw and realistic feel, rather than the good-old combo-focused games such as Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, or Tekken. So, we don’t expect that to change any time soon.
Thus far, we haven’t gotten many official details about what to expect from UFC 5. Nonetheless, we can already be sure of some of the fighters and venues that’ll be available in the new edition. If you know how to bet on sports in Iowa or any other legal state, you surely are aware of these names:
UFC Apex – Las Vegas
UFC Fight Island – Yas Island
TD Garden – Boston
Madison Square Garden – New York City
MGM Grand Arena – Las Vegas
State Farm Arena – Atlanta
Pearl Theater – Las Vegas
Some fans expect this game to be a part of the Xbox Game Pass. Nonetheless, those who want to get it for free will most likely have to wait several months, as this game should draw plenty of attention and revenue from paying customers as soon as it drops. For now, all we can do is wait.