EA SPORTS announced on Friday that women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be the featured athlete on the cover of the new UFC 2 video game.
“EA Sports is a cultural barometer to know what’s going on in sports at the moment,” said Rousey. “As a gamer myself, it’s pretty surreal to be on the cover of the game and to have a woman on the cover of a UFC game shows a lot of progress. I’m really happy to be involved with it.”
The game is expected to hit the shelves in spring 2016 and includes five new game modes and several updates to its predecessor.
“Like any champion fighter going into their next fight, we listened to our corner – in our case, the fans – and took a detailed look at everything we can do to take the fight game to a whole new level,” said Creative Director Brian Hayes. “We’re doing that by introducing innovative gameplay features, delivering a game mode for every fighter regardless of their style of play, and adding helpful tools so fans can master MMA, all while producing the jaw-dropping visuals that fans expect.”
Available for XBOX One and Playstation 4 consoles, UFC 2 can be pre-ordered through EA SPORT’s website. For the first time, players will be able to create female fighters.
Rousey puts her undefeated record and title on the line against unbeaten Holly Holm on Saturday at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.