Earlier this year, sports fans were delighted when EA confirmed the existence of EA Sports UFC 2. Following on from 2014’s EA Sports UFC game (which debuted to decent reception), EA Sports UFC 2 will include several new gameplay features including EA’s Ultimate Team card collection mode, custom event creation, online championships, a ‘KO Mode’ and more.
The game will also star some of the biggest names in UFC. On the cover is (the UFC’s highest paid fighter) Ronda Rousey along with Conor McGregor (who pulled off a 13 second KO to secure his cover spot) and, as it has now been confirmed, EA Sports UFC 2 will also feature former WWE-wrestler CM Punk as a playable character.
CM Punk Playable Character in EA Sports UFC 2
CM Punk (real name Phillip Brooks) most recently made the headlines for his abrupt departure from WWE following, what Punk says was, unfair treatment regarding pay, being forced to get into the ring despite recovering from injury and his injuries being ignored too (particularly, Punk’s staph infection went undiagnosed by team doctors). And though the fighter has yet to make his UFC debut, a hands-on preview from MMAjunkie confirms that he will feature in EA Sports UFC 2.
CM Punk is one of just a handful of notable fighters available in EA Sports UFC 2, though, says the publication, as the game’s roster will “top 250 playable fighters” when it launches in spring 2016. Given that an EA survey from last year mentioned The Rock, Chuck Norris and even Jackie Chan in addition to CM Punk, it wouldn’t surprise us if those famous faces were also added to the game as post-launch DLC.
Moreover, MMAjunkie‘s preview sheds some light on the overhauled EA Sports UFC 2 career mode saying that with regards to the roster, “going through career mode feels far less like Groundhog Day” and that “unhealthy training habits” can lead to injuries that hinder fighters.
Unfortunately, the preview doesn’t offer any info on how female fighters (we can now play through career mode as female fighters) factor into this and we’re cautious about their inclusion (EA was happy to leave women out of career mode altogether last year, after all). But with that said, the fact that the company has listened to fans’ concerns and has made amends suggests that it’s worth keeping an eye on at least.
EA Sports UFC 2 will be released in spring 2016 on PS4 and Xbox One.