EA initially refused to take on the UFC franchise in some truly stupid comments between the company and UFC President Dana White. It was at this time that Dana White declared himself “at war” with Electronic Arts. According to White, “EA Sports told us, ‘You’re not a real sport. We wouldn’t touch this thing. We want nothing to do with this.’. We put our asses on the line, THQ and the UFC, to make a video-game deal in the worst economy in the world. We go out there and do this thing, and it’s successful, and now God-damn EA Sports wants to do a video game. You told us you’d never be in business with us. They wouldn’t even take a meeting because mixed martial arts disgusted them. This wasn’t a “real” sport. Boy, they got over that real quick, didn’t they?”.
White even went as far to warn fighters who intended to be included in EA Sports MMA, “If you do business with EA, you won’t be in the UFC”. Electronic Arts purchased the Ultimate Fighting Championship rights from THQ after they closed down. The game was originally shown at the Xbox One reveal event. EA Canada who originally created the Fight Night games were given the task of taking the franchise further after the success of THQ’s UFC Undisputed 3.
The one thing that i’ve always loved about EA’s sport games is their stunning presentation. UFC 2014 doesn’t skimp on showing off graphical prowess. Upon entering the main menu you’re presented with a wonderful level of detail – everything down to the presentation of smaller parts of the game like the menu and soundtrack ooze polish. To top it off, fans of the UFC will recognise that Joe Rogen and Mike Goldberg are present to deliver in-depth commentary.