Electronics Arts Inc. and the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday announced the release date for the EA Sports UFC video game, and unveiled the game’s “mystery fighter.”
Initially touting a Spring 2014 launch, EA Sports on Monday said the game’s launch would happen on June 17, 2014.
Perhaps overshadowing the release date announcement is the reveal of legendary martial artist, actor, and philosopher Bruce Lee as the game’s special “mystery fighter.” Lee is a special non-UFC character in the game that can be unlocked by either pre-ordering the game or completing the game’s career mode at the Pro difficulty level.
Lee was a martial artist that bucked traditional norms, unlocking himself from one style and promoting the idea that a martial artist should cull the best ideas and techniques from each style to form his own individual style. He is largely hailed as a forefather to today's mixed martial arts.
According to EA Sports, “players can fight with the legend across four different weight classes and test his legacy against the best of the best in the UFC. (Watch the EA Sports UFC Bruce Lee reveal game trailer here.)
“I am so excited about this opportunity to bring my father back to videogames!” said Shannon Lee, Bruce Lee’s daughter, CEO of Bruce Lee, LLC and Chairperson of the Bruce Lee Foundation. “I’m thrilled that fans can now interact with him in a new way. The EA Sports UFC development team has been incredible to work with, and they've done a great job capturing the look and feel of my father. I think people will love getting a chance to fulfill a fight fantasy by playing Bruce Lee in the new UFC game.”
“There’s no debate, Bruce Lee is the father of mixed martial arts,” said Dana White, UFC President. “He believed not one style of fighting was the best and that you had to have a little piece of everything to be a complete fighter. He was proven right when the first UFC event took place in 1993.”
“It has always been part of our vision to have Bruce Lee, the most iconic martial artist of all time, in the first ever EA SPORTS UFC,” said Brian Hayes, Creative Director, EA. “The team is very excited and tremendously honored to have the privilege of bringing Bruce Lee to life in our game. We’ve been working closely with the Bruce Lee team to ensure we represent the legend with as much visual and gameplay fidelity as possible.”