News: Mama said knock you out! For a fifth time!
EA Sports has announced that the Fight Night franchise will return for a fifth round of boxing action in 2011. Fight Night Champion is in development for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 by EA Canada, the same team that has created all of the previous Fight Night games.
As is usual with sports games, EA is promising that Fight Night Champion will be the most true-to-life boxing game ever with "the most realistic boxer-likenesses to date" and "fluid animations and damage that truly convey the brutality of the sport of boxing."
The publisher also plans to make extensive changes to the single-player game and introduce a completely new control scheme:
Fight Night Champion will break the mold of what is expected in a single-player sports game. Players will be introduced to an entirely new way to step between the ropes and experience the drama, emotion, excitement and tragedy of world championship boxing.
Featuring a refined physics-based animation system that incorporates improved locomotion, punching and stamina mechanics, Fight Night Champion will enable users to move, attack and dodge with the speed and power of the best champions, contenders and pretenders in the world of boxing. In addition, an all-new control scheme, dubbed Full Spectrum Punch Control, will deliver the most realistic punching system ever seen in a simulation fighting game, while still delivering an accessible experience that will make Fight Night Champion the most user-friendly title in the franchise's history.
We'll have more soon.