When THQ released UFC Undisputed 2009 a few years ago, MMA fans rejoiced. Fans finally had a videogame of their favourite sport. Following a successful return in 2010, THQ took a year-long break from the series, and this past February, came back with the award-winning UFC Undisputed 3 which was hailed for its simpler controls and approachable experience for gamers new to the developing franchise.
However, things are about to change.
During the EA Press Conference earlier today, EA revealed that they have picked up the official UFC License and will take over the series from here on out. This means that the Undisputed and EA Sports MMA series are now dead and buried. Part of EA's agreement will allow them to have EA sponsoring in the videogames, much like FIFA and MADDEN have done in recent years.
This is a big move from EA, and fans of UFC videogames will have mixed feelings. No doubt many will be very upset, especially after the huge success THQ had with their latest and what would turn out to be their last entry in the UFC series, with the official license anyway. This could turn out to be a great move for EA, but it could also become a nightmare, especially if the games made by EA don't match up to the successes of THQ.