In line with the increasing popularity of UFC and the decline of Boxing in terms of sporting popularity, EA Sports boss Andrew Wilson has confirmed that the Fight Night franchise has been placed on hold for the foreseeable future. “Right now, a great portion of the core of the Fight Night team are actually the team that are building UFC” said Wilson, thus obviously unable to work on a new Fight Night title, whereas a new UFC game was confirmed during this week’s Xbox One unveiling.
The last game in the Fight Night series was 2011’s Fight Night Champion, the fifth main instalment, which was released for Xbox 360 and the PS3 which introduced the full spectrum punching system, controlled by the analogue stick.
Wilson didn’t rule out the possibility of Fight Night returning at some point in the future. “Do I see a future for Fight Night? You know, sure. But right now, UFC is where our fighting focus is” he said. EA’s upcoming sports titles will be powered by ‘Ignite’, a brand new engine that the publisher promises will blur the line between reality and the virtual world.
The firm recently released a trailer of sport titles to mark the announcement of the Ignite engine showcasing snapshots of FIFA, Madden, NBA and UFC, which can be seen embedded below.