Last month, EA formally lifted the lid on EA Sports UFC 2. The upcoming fighter would not only sport a new and improved character creation system (allowing players to create female fighters) but it would have much better graphics too. Not only that but the UFC’s highest-paid fighter, Ronda Rousey, would also be one of the game’s cover stars.
Not long after the cover announcement, Rousey was beaten by Holly Holm at UFC 193, with some blaming her defeat on the infamous ‘EA cover curse’. But, clearly willing to take the cover curse risk are featherweight fighters Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor who will soon face-off in a pay-per-view match that will determine who will join Rousey on the EA Sports UFC 2 cover.
EA Sports UFC 2 Cover Star UFC 194 Fight
On December 12, 2015, McGregor and Aldo will head into the octagon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for UFC 194. Not only will the two men be battling to become the UFC featherweight champion, but, as mentioned, the winner will also become one of the EA Sports UFC 2 cover stars.
While some would argue that a fan vote, such as those that EA hosted with FIFA 16‘s regional cover stars, would ensure that the most popular choice got a spot on the cover, EA is convinced that in doing it this way, they can bring an “authentic and exciting experience to the fans”. Jamie McKinlay, vice president of marketing of EA Sports, also says that “this is a huge moment in UFC and EA SPORTS history, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it”.
Meanwhile, UFC President Dana White says that “the main event at UFC 194 between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor is without a doubt one of the most anticipated events in UFC history”. The first EA Sports UFC game did reasonably well in terms of sales, but from White’s comments it sounds like the ‘Fight for the Cover’ event could see EA Sports UFC 2 do even better.
EA Sports UFC 2 will be released on PS4 and Xbox One in spring 2016.
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