Every great fighter needs a great cornerman with a knack for patching up all manner of abuse. THQ has to fill that role for the more than 1 million UFC 2009: Undisputed players in the US to date, and it will do so soon, starting with an update to address some early issues affecting the game.
UFC producer Neven Dravinski this week detailed the first patch for Undisputed on the game's official Web site. First and foremost on Dravinski's list of issues to fix is the abundance of quitters who drop out of matches rather than take a loss. The developer's solution to the problem will be to integrate code that determines who dropped the match and assign a loss and a "Did Not Finish" to the player. Additionally, dropping will reset a player's winning streak to zero, and the player's DNF percentage will be visible to potential opponents on the online ranked match mode's selection screen.
The patch will also address a number of other issues. In the single-player mode, the difficulty of making an opponent submit has been changed to better balance the effectiveness of strikes and submissions when playing against the computer. The development team is also toning down the frequency of flash knockouts (match ending strikes in the first seconds of a bout), fixing a bug in the PlayStation 3 edition of the game that causes freezes during auto-saving, and tweaking the Create-a-Fighter mode so that brawlers with tampered statistics won't be able to compete online.
"Rest assured our entire team plays A LOT [emphasis in original] of online matches and we read the boards every day, so we are well aware of the issues," Dravinski wrote. "We want to make sure we patch this correctly so it is taking a bit of time, but I can confidently say we'll be releasing this patch soon."
UFC 2009: Undisputed is available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.