Tyson, Ali weigh in for Fight Night Round 4

EA Canada takes reins of shuttered Chicago shop's sim boxing series; entering 360, PS3 ring in 2009.

The gaming industry, like the boxing ring, is a fickle beast, and if you're not on the top, you're nobody. EA Chicago learned that lesson in November when its handler, Electronic Arts proper, abruptly shut the studio down due to poor performance in the retail ring. Though the publisher said that the Fight Night series would continue to train at one of its other internal studios, it would do so without EA Chicago's effervescent general manager Kudo Tsunoda, who landed at Microsoft Games Studio in January.

Iron Mike, before the crazy...mostly.

Today, EA officially confirmed that Fight Night Round 4 is in development at EA Canada and will arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2009. With Take-Two's contender Prizefighter featuring the loquacious stylings of renowned fight promoter Don King, EA will in kind be tapping the pugilist celebrity pool. The company said that feral boxing powerhouse Mike Tyson will join The Champ, Muhammad Ali, as playable fighters in the game.

As with other EA Sports franchises, Fight Night Round 4 will receive a fresh bout of features and updates. EA Canada will be targeting realism with a new physics-based animation system, which is designed to give fighters more control over their blocks and maneuvering. This mechanic will also allow for a greater variety of punches, with missed, glancing, and knockout blows all now included.

With Fight Night Round 4's main event scheduled for next year, EA Sports will be debuting its newest boxer, the arcade-style FaceBreaker, this September. FaceBreaker will be released on the Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii under the newly branded EA Sports Freestyle label.

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131 comments
Crim
Crim

This game better have, along with Tyson and Lewis, Foreman, Hearns, Mayweather, Khlitzhko, Marciano and Joe Lewis. (sorry for listing just Heavyweights. :-/

JLL17
JLL17

While I do agree with you that boxing is an art, you have to look at the weight classes. In the heavyweights you are supposed to knock you opponent out because a man who weighs over 200 pounds isn't trying to go the distance, he wants to knock your block off. That is what made Mike Tyson great, he did what a heavyweight champion is supposed to do, at least until he ran into James "Buster" Douglas, and on top of that he is still to this day the youngest man to ever become the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion.

danbrake
danbrake

i think mike tyson is well over rated but is a good boxer all he does is ko's boxers that is what boxing is not about boxing is an art people forget that to easily its not about droping ur oppnent

LostSoul1974
LostSoul1974

You know, when EA Chicago closed shop, I'd somewhat given up on the Fight Night franchise. Just a moment a co-worker said that Round 4 was in fact in development, so I had to look it up on Gamespot. I hate I overlooked this.

MSTHEAT1
MSTHEAT1

This game,just like all the other fight nights b4 it,will be the best boxing sim made. Quality fighters and fights,great boxer style reproduction and awesome graphics and sound.Only NHL is better at reproducing it's sports feel and dynamics. Can't wait !!

Gova17
Gova17

fight night sucks!!! they never put the best boxers like Miguel Cotto Antonio margarito Floyd Mayweater Ivan calderon Shane Mosley Mayorga the best controvential boxers that we like to see in a game ........

Gova17
Gova17

fight night sucks!!! they never put the best boxers like Miguel Cotto Antonio margarito Floyd Mayweater Ivan calderon Shane Mosley Mayorga the best controvential boxers that we like to see in a game ........

dj_c4
dj_c4

Yes! I can not wait for this! Fight Night is one of the VERY FEW games from EA I like. Face Breaker SUCKS (least the demo does). I see they want to try and get that super punch out, ready 2 rumble theme but i wasn't feeling it at all. Fight night round 3 was so good and I cant wait to see how awesome the next one will look now that they can design for this gen of consoles better.

bennyblanco50
bennyblanco50

Man i cant wait for FN round 4, i a big boxing fan 4 real my dade! but as far as new boxing wish fights i would love to see a Cotto V.S. Mayweather (the best body pouncher v.s. the fastest pouncher) anyone feel me on that? i hope those two get a chance to throw down in the game. And im very happy to see tyson real skills get some respect in video games (only EA could bring that to life, ill beat a ton on that belive it). peace your boy benny blanco and if anyone wanna check your boy out, see on xbox live (blanco842006) holla at you boy

Kobe720
Kobe720

its going to also have lennox lewis

NovaSky
NovaSky

thank god cause I got scared, Prizefighter sucked sooooo bad, this is the one game that EA can kill 2k at!

Hoodlumz
Hoodlumz

Finally my Dude TYSON gets to be in a real boxing game thank you EA that man deserves it and for all the haters watch a old Tyson fight but don't look away cuz you will miss the fight thats how quick and powerful he is

deusman
deusman

FINALLY, this game is going to have alot of cleaning up to do after that crappy prizefighter awww too bad a 360 exclusive couldn't cut it:D

RhysDaye
RhysDaye

this game is going to be amazing. All the good games are coming out in 2009 and i cant wait that long

is0lati0n
is0lati0n

OMG 2009, I CAN'T WAIT THAT LONG. This will - I repeat, WILL, kill every other boxing game out.

Mr_Impossible
Mr_Impossible

I'm looking foward to playing the Fight Night Round 4 game.

swisdwag
swisdwag

So now that Tyson has officially made a comeback to videogames, will we see a surprise cameo from Don King in this next installment? :P

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Fantastic! been waitin for this for a long time. Cant Wait!

poedon01
poedon01

Me and Iron Mike are gonna "EAT" evander for lunch!!!!!!

trystkl1826
trystkl1826

One of my favorite game series is Fight Night. I do hope that there are more fighters and more depth in this upcoming debut. When I play Fight Night Round 3, I have a sense of longing like there is something missing in the game. I became bored with the limited amount of fighters. The pro-shop seems to be complicated. Maybe there is an easier way to look at all of the items in the shop. All else is awesome, which is why I'm anticipating the new release.

tarugista
tarugista

The only reason to buy this is to experience Mike Tyson...And Im in!!

ej1041
ej1041

Manny woooooooooooooo!!

JReefer1
JReefer1

Iron Mike is in "this game", I'm in.

scrymonster
scrymonster

Lets just hope that "adding" features they don't mean "taking away" and by "give fighters more control" they don't mean "take away control" ... I'm a huge FNR3 fan and I'm basing my reservations on how EA's handled the Madden franchise over the last few years.

jqm1978
jqm1978

In the words of one of the greatest "wordsmiths" of all time; Mike Tyson.."I'm gonna eat his children!"..."Praise Allah"!

cooldude03
cooldude03

Yes thank you! This is the best gaming news I've heard in a while. I was making the mistake of believing Facebreakers was taking the place of Fight Night. I'm so glad I was wrong. I was going to boycott Facebreaker but I guess I'll go ahead and check it out. Props to EA, good save.

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

Get news! I still play FNR3. Plus, being able to play as that pyscho but loveable Iron Mike sounds like the good ole' days.

blackace
blackace

As long as it's as good or better then the last Fight Night game, I'll most likely get it. My only complaint about the last FN3 was it was rough on my hands. After fighting 3 or more matchs, my hands started cramping up. I couldn' play it for long periods of time, that's for sure. Game was a blast though.

EddyG0RD0
EddyG0RD0

im getting it only for Mike Tyson

blacklodus
blacklodus

I really hope they use the old mike that was a bad A@@ and not the latest mike that can't beat up a old lady .

frank242
frank242

o my god i dream fight night on the wii wold be fantastic.

abw1977
abw1977

Ninten007, there really would be little competition. Ali is 4 inches taller than Tyson and his reach is even more so... Anyhow, glad to see it back and, actually, glad to see Tyson finally in the game. :)

jdsports
jdsports

i wont buy the game if amir khan is not in it and a lot of other boxers and i hope the story mode is longer this time

TheSilverArrow
TheSilverArrow

This is one of the best online games ever. How many other 1 vs 1 games do you play or have? Thought so...... EA HAS TO fix the "pull out" problem.

corn999
corn999

nice nice, I cant wait for this one.

j15reed
j15reed

Man I just hope they fix the parry move so ur fighters not sittin there for 5 seconds while someone combos on u but other then that Im glad to see it back

Ninten007
Ninten007

Finally we can settle the age long debate of Ali vs. Tyson. Ali would KO tyson easily in his prime. He would just play mind games with that gorilla and the next thing you know, there is a 7 punch combo that sends Tyson to the mat. Tyson's hands can't hit what his eyes can't see; Ali is gonna float like a butterfly and sting like a bee!

ocdog45
ocdog45

been waiting forever!

jimmyand360
jimmyand360

Fight Night Round 4? I can not wait!

imortiferus
imortiferus

Pleasse bring back DLH, Felix Trinidad, Fernando Vargas, Miguel Cotto!!!!