EA had good news for MMA fans recently as they finally announced the third anticipated installment for their UFC series. There’s a lot to be excited for in the third game as EA could’ve finally perfected the formula the third time around. Here’s all the details to know about the UFC 3 release next year.
EA recently announced in its earnings report the company’s target UFC 3 release window. No exact date has been pegged for the upcoming game but the UFC 3 release is set in the fourth quarter of EA’s 2018 fiscal year, which is in the first quarter of 2018. Basically, the game will launch sometime between Jan. 1 and Mar. 31, 2018.
It looks like EA isn’t doing a yearly release for its UFC franchise as the developer has consistently been doing a two year cycle for each UFC game. EA also said that the game will come to consoles, but they didn’t detail exactly what platforms. It’s safe to assume that the game will launch for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A Nintendo Switch could be possible but we’ll have to wait for EA and Nintendo’s official word on it.
Third Time’s The Charm
Since the UFC 3 release is still far away, it’s likely that EA is still deep in the development stage for the third entry. EA Sport’s UFC 2 launched with a lot of improvements as compared to the first game. Seeing how the second entry was such an improvement over the first game, we should probably expect UFC 3 to be a whole lot better than UFC 2 as well.
EA promised better grappling and submission mechanics for UFC 2 as in the first game, the action on the ground felt dull and too turn-based. While UFC 3 did have better grappling and submission mechanics, many players are still not satisfied with it.
We can’t blame EA for having trouble with the grappling and submission mechanics for the game as it’s probably hard work. They’ll have to create a mechanic that is as real and authentic as it gets while making sure that ground fighters won’t become too overpowered.
Hopefully, the third time’s the charm for EA. The main gripe that players had with the first two games are about grappling and submission mechanics so that’s all they should focus on first.