EA Sports has officially announced the upcoming release of MMA fighting game UFC 4 dropping Worldwide on Playstation 4 and Xbox One August 17th with EA Sports Access subscribers able to play beginning August 7th, 2020. Unfortunately, there has been no official word on if EA Sports will make the title available for next-gen consoles Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X due out this Holiday season.
Electronic Arts creators selected two new UFC athletes welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal and middleweight champion Israel Adesanya to grace the cover of the new UFC installment. Pre-order bonuses include a variety of new gameplay character improvements that include a swap of MMA stars to two boxing superstars, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, and the return of material artist Bruce Lee from the UFC 3 title.
The EA Sports UFC franchise will drop players directly into an onboarding career mode introducing users to a series of amateur fights in boxing, jiujitsu, kickboxing, and wrestling as players train to be the GOAT. Training remains the most critical component of greatness in the game series.
Within career mode, players can spar and fight to earn points to improve skills and fighting elements within the World Fighting Alliance minor league with options of accepting or declining fights from other players worldwide. Users can fight in the World Fighting Alliance without time restrictions before moving to the UFC level.
During the creation of UFC 4 EA Sports developers leaned heavily on fan feedback to make significant improvements to the games control schemes surrounding grappling and submissions to create a more seamless move execution. To deliver a more authentic MMA gaming experience, EA Vancouver has merged Real Player Motion technology into UFC 4 to make takedowns and clinch movements more fluid for users.
It's also worth noting that EA Vancouver has expanded its customization freedom options when players create a custom character with body and hair types and a slew of new accessories like animal heads and luchador masks.
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