EA Sports UFC 4:
After months of waiting and wondering, fans of MMA finally got the answers they’ve been wanting late Saturday morning ahead of that night’s UFC 251 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
At the stroke of 11 a.m. ET, Electronic Arts, the rightsholder to exclusive UFC video games, released its EA Sports UFC 4 trailer.
Watch it right now:
So, here are the key details that were released along with the game’s trailer on Saturday morning:
Produced and developed out of EA’s Vancouver, BC offices, EA Sports UFC 4 will be released on the Sony PlayStation 4 and the Microsoft XBOX One on Friday, Aug. 14, one day before the UFC 252 pay-per-view in Las Vegas at the UFC Apex.
This Aug. 14 release date is two weeks prior to that of EA Sports Madden NFL 21, although the game’s Deluxe and MVP Editions are released Tuesday, Aug. 25 with a preorder.
At present, EA Sports UFC 4 is only slated to be released on PlayStation 4 and XBOX One, with UFC 4 producer Nate McDonald saying at EA Vancouver:
“We are exploring opportunities on Gen 5, but nothing to share right now.”
It is also unknown if EA Sports UFC 4 will be backwards-compatible on PlayStation 5 and XBOX Series X at the moment, however the XBOX One version of the game is, as indicated by its box art, going to be backwards-compatible through XBOX Series X through its Smart Delivery functionality, all simply requiring your purchase of the title.
EA Sports UFC 4 will feature Jorge Masvidal and Israel Adesanya on the cover.
This is the third EA Sports UFC title to feature more than one competitor as its cover athlete.
Most of the game modes in EA Sports UFC 4 are carryovers from past EA Sports UFC titles, with a few new modes sprinkled in.
Notably, the Ultimate Team game mode will not be presented in EA Sports UFC 4.
In addition to career mode, complete with fighter evolution, four new online-only game modes will be present when EA Sports UFC 4 launches next month.
The following game modes are exclusive to online play:
*Online World Championships
Career mode in EA Sports UFC 4 is largely unchanged from that of EA Sports UFC 3 in that the player’s goal is still to become the greatest of all-time by completing various goals and breaking UFC promotional records when controlling his or her created fighter.
However, the mode also features the aforementioned fighter evolution functionality.
Each time a punch or kick is landed and a takedown is secured, the created fighter’s skill set for that strike or takedown is improved.
In addition, the limit to the number of fights a created character can appear in for the World Fighting Alliance has now been removed.
EA Sports UFC 3 had a cap on WFA fights before the created fighter was either given a UFC deal outright or a spot on The Ultimate Fighter TV series.
EA Sports UFC 4 features all major UFC arenas with some new arenas to fight in, including:
*The UFC Apex in Las Vegas
Jon Anik and Daniel Cormier will lend their voices as the EA Sports UFC 4 commentary team.
Joe Rogan, whose voice has appeared in each of the first three EA Sports UFC video games, will not be heard from this time around.
Rogan has voiced his displeasure of the recording process for lines in the series on The Joe Rogan Experience and refused to record new lines for EA Sports UFC 3 in 2018.
As a compromise, Rogan’s lines in EA Sports UFC 3 were taken directly from previous UFC shows and he was an unlockable Welterweight in the game if the player executed a spinning roundhouse kick to the body as a knockout blow from Georges St-Pierre.
He was also an unlockable fighter in EA Sports UFC 2, though in that game, the player was required to enter the Konami Code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start) at its title screen to unlock him.
Video game retailers are accepting preorders of EA Sports UFC 4 right now, so go to your local store and put down a payment on your copy.
It would behoove you to preorder the game, anyway, especially since Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, who are scheduled to fight for real in the boxing ring the weekend before Christmas, will be unlockable fighters with a preorder.