"Ridiculously Good-Looking" EA Sports UFC 2 Revealed With Ronda Rousey [UPDATE]

The previously unbeaten champion is knocked out by Holly Holm on Saturday night.

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[UPDATE] Is the Madden Curse now extending to the EA Sports UFC franchise?

On Friday, EA announced Ronda Rousey as the cover star for EA Sports UFC 2. On Saturday night, the previously unbeaten fighter was knocked out by Holly Holm. There is no question that Rousey remains one of the world's premier UFC fighters, so we wouldn't expect this loss to affect her role in the upcoming game.

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Following EA's initial tease earlier this week, the company has now officially announced EA Sports UFC 2. The game will launch in spring 2016 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, featuring undefeated UFC champion Ronda Rousey--lover of Pokemon, World of Warcraft, and Game of Thrones--on its cover.

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"As a gamer myself, it's pretty surreal to be on the cover of the game and to have a woman on the cover of a UFC game shows a lot of progress," Rousey said. "I'm really happy to be involved with it."

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EA Sports UFC 2 adds some new modes not seen in the first game (released in 2014), including KO Mode and Ultimate Team. The game also boasts a revamped Career mode (which lets you create female fighters; the first game did not), as well as a new feature called Grapple Assist that helps players master their skills.

The first EA Sports UFC game was already gorgeous, but the sequel aims to take things like character likenesses and animations "to another level," EA said.

"The game being really, really, really, ridiculously good-looking is important to us" -- Senior producer Brian Hayes

"The game being really, really, really, ridiculously good-looking is important to us, and the team is always working to find ways to outdo themselves," EA Sports UFC senior producer Brian Hayes told GameSpot. "That includes updates to the in-game lighting, the facial animation system and lots of new physics and rendering details. It all comes together in the in-fight replays, where you can really see the fighter flinch a moment before a huge strike lands, sending ripples across their face, and how their hair whips around with the force of the blow.

In addition, UFC 2 boasts a new knockout physics system to deliver more realistic animations. You can visit the EA Sports UFC 2 website to get all the details about the game's new features.

In terms of EA Sports UFC 2's fighter roster, EA didn't share any names beyond Rousey at this point (who will be joined by another fighter on the game's cover), but says the game has the "biggest ever roster."

To go deeper into EA Sports UFC 2, GameSpot spoke with Hayes about improvements over the first game which GameSpot scored a 5/10), how microtransactions work in the new Ultimate Team mode, the inspiration for KO Mode, and more. Check out our complete interview below.

What was some of the feedback you received from the first EA Sports UFC and how are you applying those learnings to EA Sports UFC 2?

First and foremost, there was a lot feedback about how challenging the game was on the ground, or in the clinch. That wasn't exactly a complete surprise, because those facets of the sport are generally the most complex. But in hindsight, it was more challenging than we would have liked. So for UFC 2 we put a big focus on improving the grappling controls, providing a better on-boarding experience, and giving players plenty of ways to learn how to master the game. The other thing we heard from fans is that they wanted more experiences and deeper modes. So we went big on that, added five new modes and took a close look at our existing ones to make them more rewarding.

The first EA Sports UFC game was really gorgeous and had a lot of realistic physics features; how are you taking things forward with the sequel in terms of graphics and realism?

The game being really, really, really, ridiculously good-looking is important to us, and the team is always working to find ways to outdo themselves. That includes updates to the in-game lighting, the facial animation system and lots of new physics and rendering details. It all comes together in the in-fight replays, where you can really see the fighter flinch a moment before a huge strike lands, sending ripples across their face, and how their hair whips around with the force of the blow.

Did you have actual UFC fighters come in for motion-capture sessions to capture their faces and moves?

When possible, we love to do that, but it's often a challenge to sort out logistically. Also, doing mocap isn't exactly a bowl of cherries, so most often we work with local fighters and stunt performers for the more grueling week-long sessions. But these are people that have a great deal of physical ability, a real talent for mimicry, MMA skills, and a ton of patience.

The lack of support for female characters in create-a-character for the first game was something that a lot of people took issue with. What was behind the decision to deliver this feature in the sequel?

We're excited about the addition of women to create-a-fighter and Career Mode and we would have loved to do it for the first game. It was just that the timing of the UFC's addition of the women's bantamweight division came at a point in development when we were already well underway. Adding the women's division alone was very challenging, and create-a-fighter tools are far more complex. We just couldn't build the assets for a female create-a-fighter in time for the original game.

The Ultimate Team modes for other EA Sports games are ridiculously popular; how is this going to work in EA Sports UFC 2?

Hopefully, UFC Ultimate Team will be ridiculously popular too. It will obviously work a little differently than the other team-based sports when you get down to the details. But the basics are this: you can create up to 5 fighters in different weight classes, when you fight you earn coins, and with coins you can purchase packs of items to improve your fighters. One of our big strengths is individual athlete customization, there's a lot more of it in our game than you might find in other Ultimate Team experiences.

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Some people also have concerns about microtransactions in Ultimate Team modes; how are you handling microtransactions for EA Sports UFC 2?

It's pretty straightforward. Everything in UFC Ultimate Team is attainable with coins you earn in-game. Or you can purchase alternate currency and use that to attain the same things. But there are also limits to what you can equip your fighter with based on performance, so you can't just buy all the best items and max out your fighter without earning your stripes.

KO Mode sounds pretty awesome; what was the inspiration for this?

Part of it was fan feedback. We heard from lots of people that they would play that way with their more casual friends; no ground game allowed, just KOs. And part of it was from testing the new KO physics system and capturing videos for internal review. We had a debug setting that turned on one-hit knockouts and ended up having these very quick, but very intense fights that always finished with a spectacular KO.

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All the Rondy haters lol, one loss and she's overrated and a poor fighter all of a sudden? You bandwagon haters are amazingly stupid. It's nearly impossible to stay undefeated in MMA because there's far to many variables to worry about. If she continues to lose fine overrated, but she deserves a chance to come back from one loss.

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@virtuasega: That wasn't just a loss, she got her ass kicked.

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@virtuasega: I think the loss was good for her. She was getting too cocky. It will make her a better fighter. Can't wait for the rematch!

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@deusvex:

After what i've seen from boxing guys like Adrien Broner when coming back from a major loss, not sure if her attitude might actually change!

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@virtuasega: It's not the fact that she lost, it's HOW she lost. Holly showed the world Ronda has sloppy standing skills, if she has any at all. Truth is, women mma or combat sport is just not very wide spread and quality fighters like Holm, cyborg, carano are scarce. For 1 actually good female fighter, there is 100 garbage cans around them.

I remember people were saying she could beat Floyd Mayweather, ha-fukin-ha. The beating Holly gave Ronda would be a gentle slap on the cheek in comparaision.

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@jack00: You typed it for me ... she finally fights her first fighter with world class striking skills and great footwork and gets demolished from start to finish. Showing, the entire division is nothing but soccer moms and taco stand owners, that she's a manufactured paper champion and hidden from cyborg for a reason. Holly, i love you for making rousey look goofy and uncoordinated!!. #exposed

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@lonesamurai1:

Classy.

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Ronda is a great fighter but Holly looks to be better all around from what I've seen. Call it better preperation but she made Ronda look really bad. The KO was the icing on the cake.

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I couldn't believe that KO when I saw it.. It's still settling in.

Holly's striking is going to be so much fun in UFC 2

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I hope the stand up fighting game is significantly improved, I felt like it was rock em sock em robots or something, I want the stand up game of UFC 2 to be something special I think EA completely ignore the fact a lot of us are boxing fans and we are dying for another boxing game but If they can atleast deliver on a good stand up game I'd be sort of happy.

As for the Rousey comments grow up guys, you win some you lose some most of these idiots posting comments are just upset cry baby boxing fans or Floyd fans who clearly have a beta image about themselves that they need to attack a girl who'd likely beat the crap out of 90% of the guys on here.

Oh yeah congrats to Holly Holm's she seems a really classy girl that and she has a good array of skills, be interested for the rematch or for her fighting Tate.

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@Keitha313: Nah, were happy because Honda is a mouthy drama queen that built her rep by crushing cans. I started to feel the same way about Anderson before he got ko'd as well. Lo and behold, she faces a (mostly) legit striker and gets her lights turned out.

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@Keitha313: I wanna see a rematch first, Ronda defended that title since it's creation.

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Are they going to have a KO'd edition?

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It was dumb to think that she could fight UFC guys...but she is still pretty awesome and one of the strongest fighters...she lost and pretty bad indeed, but i still like her as a fighter, hopefully she will come back stronger. Also lol at the curse, its actually quite fun to read about it since there are a lot of strange coincidences here.

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@madsnakehhh: she looked like a fool against Holm's and clearly could not handle that level of a fight. She was given to many easy fights and got way to full of herself and paid the price.

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@crimzonrazor: And your point is?

Everyone can lose a fight, is all about how strong you came back, nobody is denying that she was bodied by Holm but that doesn't take away that she is one of the strongest fighters in the divition.

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@madsnakehhh: She didnt lose a fight she got destroyed totally out classed. She was given many easy fights and used as the ufc's cash grap. Then she met a real fighter and looked like a fool that should not have been in the ring.

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@crimzonrazor: So, now she was getting easy fights? lol, haters are getting out of control...are you telling me that Dana White was like...let this girl win 12 figths in a row and then we'll see...yeah right.

Anyway, Junior Dos Santos was bodied by Cain Velázquez...does that makes Dos Santos overrated as well? what about Cain who didn't have a chance against Werdum...then i guess Cain was overrated *sigh*.

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I may have to get the game now just to repeat last nights fight over and over again. I can see it now her limp body smacking the mat.

I respect Ronda as a fighter, but MAAAAAN I'm I glad someone finally just shut her up.

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Maybe some of Rousey's rabid fanboys will finally shut the **** up how she could compete and win against male strikers in the same(or higher rofl) weight division.

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I think if it were someone in the same weight class then it would basically just come down to skill. She could best them or they might beat her. But if we're talking the Heavyweight division then no I think 9 times out of 10 she loses.

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@Marky360: Dude, she couldn't touch a heavyweight male fighter.

Greg Hardy's girlfriend would have a better chance of pulling out a W.

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lol dude i wasnt thinking of male heavyweight, Rousey would have absolutely no chance - some of those guys could lift her with one arm(shes only 60kg) so her arm bars are out of the question and she certainly cannot KO a heaveyweight with her puny strikes.

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@Marky360: Though she could dominate any guy on the street at her weight and even quite a few above, when it comes to fighting pros she wouldn't go to far in the men's division, even at her own weight. Reasons for this being, even at the same weight class as her a male fighter would have more muscle mass. And there are far more male fighters that are great and don't even get close to the UFC due to the amount that train their whole lives to be fighters. There simply isn't anywhere near as many female fighters out there. Ronda is a fantastic female fighter but if it came to male division she'd just be another brick in the wall.

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@balrogbane: She is NOT a fantastic fighter which was proven by Holms, Rousey was a poster pin up who was giving alot of easy fights as a cash grap by Dana.

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@crimzonrazor: She was 12 - 0 if that wasn't a fantastic run I don't know what is. Though I do agree that last night she looked like a nobody.

She was exposed last night though, she was shown to not be a great striker.

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So glad somebody finally shut her mouth. The UFC hype train was getting way out of hand.

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Honestly, they should go with this shot of Ronda on the cover:

http://mmanytt.se/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Ronda_Rousey_vs_Holly_Holm_.jpg

It's more appropriate.

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@xbr85: I love you

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@xbr85: That's not very nice..

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@xbr85: lmao holy crap

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Maybe ronda didnt get laid before the fight

or she had too much lel

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Meanwhile Mayweather is laughing

I don't think she wants to fight Cyborg anymore

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@drizzygadget:

Cyborg is nowhere near the striker Holm is. Ronda would have a better chance against her.

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@drizzygadget: She matches up better against a 135 Cyborg than Holms. Ronda's power is in going to mat. She's a terrible striker. She tried to out striker a champion striker.

Cyborg? Not so much. She is more likely to play into Ronda's strengths.

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Now we know what happens when she faces an elite striker. An awkward position for EA.

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@slappy54: This is true. Her camp lead by Edmond was crazy to tell her she could hang in striking with a champion boxer. She took to many hits to the face by the time she turned to strategy to the mat, but it was too late she was already knocked senseless. I'm sure in the rematch she will play better defense and not try to strike.

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@b_rich84: The talk of a rematch already is a load of bs and nothing more then another UFC money hungry move. Tate should be fight Holms next

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Oh... Thought the update was "Holly Holm is now on the cover!". Would be kind of funny...

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You can't win all you time... but you can't lose forever.

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@advocacy: Don't mean to offend but that's a very silly statement. Very untrue. Many lost forever and retired without a win, and many won all the time until they retired.

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Will the cover have her laying on the canvas ko'd ?

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Thanks for spoiling the result of the fight Gamespot. I honestly thought this was the one website I could go to and avoid the fight results.

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@ashtontheguru: Spoiler Alert: SI is now going to name American Pharoah as the Sportsman of the Year.

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Hope she's already cashed that cheque from EA...

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@mattcake: Peter Moore must be working the phones with Dana White today asking to put Holm on an alternate cover.

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I hope nobody on here had bought the PPV but had to wait til today to watch it, SpoilerSpot.

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I played the last UFC game which was terrible, really lacking on features and content.

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@aretilda: Congratulations, you've played your first EA game!

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Ronda is still awesome. The mob is always fickle.

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Rousey hype train derailed whoop!

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