EA Sports Reveals UFC Video Game Release Date and Unveils Bruce Lee Game Character

April 7, 2014
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Bruce Lee UFC video gameElectronics 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.”

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  • Fire Ramdeen

    does bruce lee have a ground game?

    • Sir_Roy

      While certainly no where near today’s standards when practicing, at the time of Bruce Lee, Jeet Kune Do did nonetheless have a fairly strong ground game (rear naked chokes, arm bars, guillotines all present and accounted for). It’s a Hollywood induced misconception that Bruce was a one dimensional striker (though I would wager his principle strength lay in striking all the same).

      The art as it is today is apparently quite advanced on the mats. Don’t know first hand, as I do not practice, but it is a highly respected well rounded martial art and a solid foundation for today’s MMA game.

      • Michael

        MMa While intertaining, would not be the smartest way to fight in real life, Bruce talks about this if you read stuff he said, obviously he didn’t talk about mma, or ufc, however he did talk about training for real life fights on the street defending yourself. He said getting caught up in a wrestling match on the ground was a quick way to have the guy your fighting and all his friends stomping you in the face. One on one it isn’t even a great idea. It’s quicker to get hurt or stabbed. This aspect of mma and ufc is STUPID. In a real fight you want to stay off the ground, and there have been good fighters who knew how to keep from getting taken down. And that’s why mma as it is today is not practical for self defense.

        • Sir_Roy

          It’s context based. If you have a strong ground game, and especially if you’re fighting a bigger dude, you want the fight on the ground and want to get it there with you on top and mounted (as contradictory as it may seem). But only if you have a strong ground game (good top control, and can take the back should things get ugly). Otherwise, bigger, stronger dude will end up bullying you to the ground and you’re the one who’ll be on his back. Straight front kicks to create distance, head work and single leg take downs FTW!

          Most fights end up on the ground regardless … unless you’re utterly dominating on the feet and your opponent doesn’t know sh!te then, well, why bother.

          Naturally, if the guy is there with friends and you’re not, stay off the ground. And seriously, if the dude’s brandishing weapons of any kind, just get the heck out of there. Unless you’re masterful, you really shouldn’t try to fight a knife. Worse case, maneuver yourself to where you can grab a weapon of your own (big stick, chair, even whip off your belt if you have nothing else around to maintain distance till you can figure something out).

          Honestly though, I can see trouble brewing from a mile away and usually just remove myself from the premises long before anything escalates. Discernment is the best martial art there is. And nowadays, never know what kids are capable of and what your opponent is bringing to the table.

    • Chicago

      no black belt but he was friends with Gene Lebell and work with him for years teaching each other techniques. I a few of his movies he has a few armbars and Judo throws.

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  • bajafox

    That’s one way to try to drive up sales for what will most likely be a mediocre game. EA sucks