EA Sports UFC is "literally as real as it gets," dev says

Creative director doesn't hold back when discussing prospects for upcoming Xbox One and PS4 fighting game.

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EA Sports has described its upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 fighting game EA Sports UFC as "literally as real as it gets." The claim comes from creative director Brian Hayes as part of the first trailer released for EA Sports UFC, which was captured from actual Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gameplay.

There isn't much in way of gameplay, however, as the trailer instead focuses on the technology EA Sports is using to bring the pugilists to life on-screen.

Fighters featured in EA Sports UFC, like standout Chuck Liddell, were scanned into the game using the "most advanced capture technology," Hayes said. This technology allowed developers to create highly authentic depictions of fighters' faces and bodies at a level that "just wasn't possible" on consoles like the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

EA Sports UFC characters will have true-to-life awareness, intelligence, and emotion, Hayes said. Fighters' facial expressions, warm-ups, and signature stances will all find their way into the game.

In addition to advanced character models, EA Sports UFC will make use of "high-resolution" textures and dynamic lighting systems to make the game look and feel more believable, Hayes said. EA Sports UFC launches exclusively for Xbox One and PS4 this spring. Check out the debut gameplay trailer below.

Discussion

104 comments
naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

Good.  No reason to buy any following installments.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"literally as real as it gets" Oh, then they better make sure that the mighty technology behind the next gen versions ensures photorealistic cauliflower ear representations.

andmcq
andmcq

You get one shot at this EA. Don't f**k it up. All you have to do it take the game THQ had and add decent MP.


I can tell already that this will be watered down like a mofo. None of the complexity will remain, shit I bet there'll be 10 hit combos and life bars.

eternaldragoonx
eternaldragoonx

Well they got the presentation down that's for sure. But Since its EA I'm expecting grappling and submissions moves via micro transactions.

keeper262
keeper262

"literally as real as it gets", well unless the controller will put the players in physical danger and actually harm them than I think not. Anyone who has ever been in a real fight or trained in a full contact martial art just laughed.

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

I wonder how they intend to make money this time.

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Stick to talking about just game development, if you think a video game accurately recreates the experience of being attacked by another human (albeit in a controlled environment with a referee) you have clearly never gotten into a physical confrontation with anyone.
-From a gamer and a martial arts practitioner, I love both my past times, but they have different names for a reason!

wyan_
wyan_

It's still going to be nothing but button mashing, or, for hypersensitive fighting game fanatics, timed button mashing. I wish a dev would put this much effort into making a boxing sim for kinect. That's as real as it could get. I'd rather play that with 8-bit graphics than any fighting game that just uses buttons.

Gen007
Gen007

Graphics look insane but the game play will probably be crappy especially with how much focus they are putting on the graphics.

Urizen316
Urizen316

I'm pretty skeptical when it comes to the fighting engine, since EA MMA was mediocre at best and I personally loved the THQ fighting engine. BUT, you can not deny that this game looks absolutely amazing. Fingers crossed it plays as well as it looks.

ZeEzO
ZeEzO

this coming from a company that said it didn't even consider MMA a real sport
sure EA, ggs

SphinxDemon
SphinxDemon

When they use nerve gear is when it gets real. Or just do backyard fighting like we did ;)

Omega-316
Omega-316

Look at these nerds talking smack about mma. Wtf do you clowns know about real fighting? Go watch some bruce lee movies and play some tekken.

And ufc games have sold more then the fight night games. Thats why ea are focusing on mma and not boxing.

Anyways i cant wait for this game. And much respect to ea for not releasing this game for the ps3 and 360. They have made a truly real next gen game. Take my money.

robertcain
robertcain

Sure it's the real thing EA, sure it is... Never heard that one before... How about this year at E3 you stop lying to us and bigging up your sports games and instead focus on what a larger majority wants; games like Star Wars Battlefront 3 and Mirror's Edge 2.

hadlee73
hadlee73

The last couple of UFC games I've tried ended up looking like humping sims.

csward
csward

EA loves to over promise and under deliver on its sports franchises folks. Don't buy their hype.

Sarg1010
Sarg1010

Isn't actually being at an actual UFC fight as real as it gets?

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At least this confirms that they don't own a dictionary....

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As real as it gets....unless you believe in the literal definition of the word "literal."


I literally hate the people who use the word "literal" wrong...

RobDev
RobDev

It looks pretty good but id' recomment looking up the word literally and then never using it again.

kingtone85
kingtone85

Fight Night Next Gen. Wow. I can only imagine what it'll be like...

PartyGavinParty
PartyGavinParty

I was trying my hardest to hate what they're saying, but it looks pretty damn good. Trailers are one thing though... I hope the gameplay is good also. 

GLOBALv
GLOBALv

We're getting close to photorealism. My original projection was that it was 5 years away. But now I may have to up that to about 2-3 years away. Perhaps 2018 is when we see some real sh*t.

cmatt28
cmatt28

WWE 2k14 is as real as it gets.........no wait

playstationzone
playstationzone

well real as you can get and ya I think they telling truth but I think people just want another Fight Night than this.

ClevernameX
ClevernameX

Can we please get another Fight Night? Please?

khuzko
khuzko

of course its good - you made and now you are looking to sell it - of course its good

Tao_and_Zen
Tao_and_Zen

"literally as real as it gets."

I hope not. I wouldn't want to play Sweaty Men's Hugging Simulator.

korvus
korvus moderator

@andmcq  I died a little bit inside with that last sentence =P

hadlee73
hadlee73

@Wej_accept_it  I often wish marketing was like the old comedy film "Crazy People" which was about a group of nutty guys doing truthful advertising (eg. "Volvo, its Boxy, but Good!"). In the above case I'd expect they'd say something like "Its not the real thing, but the graphics are really nice!" :)

mbungle
mbungle

@ZeEzO The guy who said that, said it at a time before Undisputed 3 came out, and after it did come out, it out sold EA MMA, whose only main selling point/deal breaker was Fedor on the roster, and maybe Randy Couture.  Other than that, and maybe the standing aspect, the rest sucked. Including the ground/submission system.  


And If I'm not mistaken, that guy who said that about MMA was fired not long after saying.  EA quickly jumped on the UFC contract the moment THQ went bankrupt.  EA is a shady company, but the sports department that is handling this game seem passionate enough to the point where I trust they'll make a game that pleases both casual and hardcore fans of both MMA or fighting games in general.  It seems to be that they took the good from the THQ version, and left out the bad from their EA MMA version, and implemented some unique new features.

haze0986
haze0986

@ZeEzO  i said that aswell, they told dana white to stick it, but when ufc undisputed sold millions EA then considers it a sport, this game can look fantastic, but if they use the fight night control scheme like they did with ea mma im not buying it

RageSet
RageSet

@Omega-316 I take some offense from your remark of "go watch some Bruce Lee movies". Bruce Lee was a legitimate world class fighter/trainer. While his Hollywood movies may have been fake, his art style was not. I am going to assume you are a MMA fan but that should be more of a reason to respect Mr. Lee's legacy and what it means to the MMA world.

haze0986
haze0986

@hadlee73  its called learn to play, either that or youve never played and your just not a fan of mma

haze0986
haze0986

@csward  look at nba live, they had me at the start because i prefer nba live to 2k.....but after playing live i realized ea simply lies to push stock out the door

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@GLOBALv I'm still waiting on my hovercar too! 


This is probably as good as we are going to see for the next decade for the most part. Since the new consoles are going to be around for that long at least.

tzolynski
tzolynski

@haze0986  Its not like EA to make a mistake or put their foot in their mouths...

hadlee73
hadlee73

@haze0986 @hadlee73  It amazes me that people tell me to learn how to play a game I only "tried". Notice how I used the word "tried" in my original post? Not "bought". Not "downloaded". Not "owned". "Tried". 

I like watching MMA fights, but I'll freely admit the games didn't do anything for me. So as a result I can't really "learn to play" something I don't actually have.

With any luck this post was simpler for you to understand.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@fobbs69 @hadlee73  You can't learn to play a game you don't own. You did notice how I mentioned I'd "tried" the games, right, not "bought" them? Looking at the thumbs you're getting its clear you're not the only kid on these boards who can't understand English, lol

hadlee73
hadlee73

@kellian1 @hadlee73  Wow you're really on your high horse today, aren't you? Its a shame I would have to resort to describing every bit of what I mean to all and sundry (when my original comment was fine as is), just because they are defensive about a *video game*. :P

kellian1
kellian1

@hadlee73 @kellian1  That's not how it came off at all...need to work on your writing skills.


Let me fix it for you, maybe next time try 


"The last couple of UFC games I've tried, I couldn't figure out and they ended up looking like humping sims."

hadlee73
hadlee73

@kellian1  If you think about it, rather than just reacting, my post is more of description of how bad *I* was at playing the game (I literally made it look like a humping simulator, lol). Its incredible you guys are getting so defensive about a person pretty much making fun of how bad he made the game look.

As for why I posted at all, its because I have a right to do so, and (believe it or not) I *am* actually interested in getting a decent MMA game.

kellian1
kellian1

@hadlee73 @haze0986  So if you didn't take the time to actually figure out how to play properly or even buy it...why do you feel the need or even qualified to comment on something you don't "own".