It’s almost like EA is handing us reasons to dislike them on a silver platter. They’ve scoffed at criticisms, championed the microtransaction, and blew off the Wii U like a jerk at a homecoming dance to boogie with the Xbox One. But for sports fans, and fans of sports games, the fact of the matter is there’s hardly anyone who can challenge their reign.
Sensing there was another group of gamers that was still not yet alienated, EA announced today in an interview with IGN that the Fight Night series was on an “indefinite pause,” according to associate editor Mitch Dyer.
EA, who acquired the rights to the UFC license last year from faltering studio THQ, cited the growing global popularity of MMA in the shift. “Right now, a great portion of the core of the Fight Night team are actually the team that are building UFC,” said Andrew Wilson, head of EA Sports. Wilson said the team has “an amazing understanding of the pugilistic arts” and that talent keeps them “really dedicated and focused on UFC right now.”
EA and the Ultimate Fighting Championship weren’t always buddy-buddy: UFC owner Dana White famously said in 2009 that “EA doesn’t give a f**k about mixed martial arts” due to its attention to its long-standing boxing franchise, which started with Knockout Kings in 1998.