Ultimate Fighting Championship will be returning to consoles for a third time in EA Sports UFC 3. Its publisher has today announced that the game will launch on February 2nd 2018, and promised an evolved offering compared to previous titles.
In line with other sporting titles, UFC 3 will adopt a more immersive experience outside of the octagon. For the first time, players will be able to put themselves in a fighters’ laced up shoes by promoting fights, bad mouthing rivals and generally making themselves a household name. For good reasons or bad, your choice.
The G.O.A.T. Career Mode, which is what the feature is called, will let you build followers and negotiate those lucrative contracts we all imagine when we’re shadow boxing to Eye of the Tiger. An integrated social media system will replicate real life, providing a suitable platform for witty replies. And by combining the lot, you’ll flesh out your fighter’s character like never before.
But it’s not only the single player that has had an overhaul. UFC 3 will also deliver improved multiplayer modes to join last year’s Knockout Mode. Stand & Bang and Submission Showdown have been created to deliver fast but fun bouts between friends. Or soon to be ex-friends. A tournament mode is also included, and will pit the combatant through a series of rounds, with amassing fatigue and injury thrown in for good measure.
The fresh lick of paint has been credited to new animation technology, with creative director Brian Hayes saying, “Every move is more strategic and looks more authentic and beautiful.”
The cover athlete for UFC 3 has also been named as none other than Conor McGregor. The returning star is almost deserving of his own game; maybe when he’s done three covers?
You can pre-order the game now, with the incentive of three days earlier access (January 30th) in the Champions Edition. A Beta is also planned for November 27th to December 1st but is only open to registered users.
In all UFC 3 is shaping up to be quite the champion, with life-like gameplay and graphics. Could be a knockout!