UFC Undisputed 3 entering ring in January

After two-year hiatus, THQ's mixed martial arts sim returns for the 360, PS3 with new Pride mode, striking and grappling moves, more.

WWE '12 isn't the only new fighter that THQ is announcing this week in the lead up to the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The publisher also officially confirmed development on UFC Undisputed 3, the latest installment in its mixed martial arts simulation. The game is currently scheduled to ship for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

UFC Undisputed returns in 2012.

As THQ indicated in a postearnings conference call last year, the UFC Undisputed franchise is transitioning away from a yearly release schedule. Therefore, UFC Undisputed 3 is slated to arrive in January 2012, nearly two years after UFC Undisputed 2010 met with flagging sales over 2009's top-performing original.

With the additional development time, THQ has implemented a number of new features to the game. Central to these additions are Pride matches, which are based on the defunct Pride Fighting Championship organization. These matches feature a more brutal, eccentric take on the already aggressive fighting franchise, offering relaxed rules and outdoor venues.

THQ has also implemented a number of changes to UFC's classic striking and grappling systems. However, despite the new options, THQ is hoping to make the gameplay experience more user-friendly, by way of an alternate, simplified control scheme and in-match tutorials. On the other hand, the publisher has also implemented a simulation match variant designed at better replicating the actual in-ring dynamic.

For more information on UFC Undisputed 3, check out GameSpot's exclusive hands-on preview.

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godzillavskong
godzillavskong

@SicklySunStorm Yeah that was nuts! I couldn't believe the cut man kept mashing on it like he was! I was waiting for it to bust! Great fight though. At least we get to watch the UFC finale this Sat for free!

XanderMercury
XanderMercury

THQ is being pretty smart with this: unlike EA Sports, having the top game in a sport or genre doesn't mean they'll get lazy and release the same product year after year, with a few tweaks here and there. They are on to something with the third UFC Undisputed game, and if all guesses play even, this game could make 2012 yet another damn good year for the industry and gamers alike. Bring it on.

ExThanos
ExThanos

Bentleg, I said that the system is more realistic than that of UFC and not that it is real itself, though I do think that it does an excellent job in representing the sport. Its transitions are an excellent example of that, as well as the ability to turn a submission into a counter-submission in moments, just as you can in a real match. Transitions are essential to MMA and grappling, something that is lacking in detail within Undisputed.

vega13mv
vega13mv

If this one is more realistic then it should be a lot easier to make Brock tap

bentleg
bentleg

@ExThanos If you have taken part in grappling matches I fail to see how you could have found the EA sports MMA grappling system in any way realistic. I have 2 great loves games and MMA/BJJ so I am seriously pumped for this game. Cannot wait to see with they do with Pride and see what Pride legends they have in the game. But if they are doing Pride rules then I think they should do old style UFC rules or at least make the customisable so you could have 1 night tourament mode and then rule sets such as NHB, No round time limit, Unlimited rounds(UFC 1 but no match went to 2nd round) and no forced stand-up. And make Fred Ettish an unlockable fighter.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I'll buy this if it has Mark Hominick in it with that second head he grew against Jose Aldo.... what an awesome fight that was

scorpgul
scorpgul

I havent played UFC 2009 and 2010 was waiting for a perfect version looks like this might be the one. Do not disappoint THQ

ExThanos
ExThanos

What this game needs is a more accurate control system, the likes of which is found in EA Sports MMA and Fight Night. I am not a big fan of button-mashing, using the analogue sticks provided a more precise and controlled way of getting into the game, with far better results in terms of your ability to engage your opponent. Having actually taken part in several MMA matches, as well as grappling and wrestling, I can say that EA Sports had the more realistic system, hopefully they can learn from this as EA Sports MMA is all but dead with Strikeforce being purchased by Zuffa (UFC).