When Zuffa bought Strikeforce, most people began to wonder about things like fighter contracts, tape libraries and merchandising rights. Nerds like myself realized that those things are meaningless compared to the possibility of video games, specifically EA Sports MMA. Most people assumed that with Zuffa in control, EA’s take on MMA would be over and that THQ would be taking over the MMA video game market. However, today we have news that might make some hardcore gamers smile!
Andrew Wilson, EA Sports’ chief of development, spoke with nerd news website Kotaku and said that while a sequel may not happen any time soon, that does not necessarily mean that EA Sports MMA is floating face down in the sea of defunct video games:
A world where we’re not involved in fighting is a world I’d rather not think about. That said, what goes on in the sport, and what’s gone on between the UFC and StrikeForce, certainly has an impact on what we can do in the space… So it’s not a no, but it’s also not a yes. We’d love for there to be one because I’m a diehard fan of the sport. We have to figure out how to make that happen.
The question is who would be in this game? Would it be a real roster or would it be a completely fictional roster, or perhaps a little bit of both like in the upcoming “Supremacy MMA” game. We will not have an answer to that this year, but at least we have a new UFC game on the way that looks like it won’t suck, as well as the aforementioned “Supremacy MMA” game. Besides, all good things come in time, and EA Sports MMA will be worth the wait.