Sports titles tend to get into the habit of releasing new iterations of the series every year. While it makes sense for most sports, seeing as how they have clearly defined breaks between seasons, fight sports, such as boxing and MMA, don’t really have an offseason that would show a clear and distinguishable break.
After last year saw the release of the solid Fight Night Champion, EA Sports has announced that despite the popularity and critical acclaim of Champion, they will not be launching a new entry into the series in 2012. This announcement comes on the heels of THQ’s UFC Undisputed 3, which was heralded by this site as “the greatest fight sport game ever released.”
Game Informer reached out to EA Sports representatives, who confirmed the story, but wanted to reassure fans that the sporting giant is not abandoning the franchise. “We remain committed to the Fight Night franchise, but have no announcements regarding it at this time,” an EA Sports spokesperson told Game Informer.
While some might see this as reason to worry, a quick look at past Fight Night release dates will show that the series stopped releasing in yearly intervals after 2006’s Fight Night Round 3, which saw three whole years before the less-well-received Fight Night Round 4 hit shelves in 2009. After that, it was another two years before Fight Night Champion launches in 2011. While some fans would surely like to see a new Fight Night this year, those fans can hope that EA Sports will take this extra time to make as big of a leap to the next title as the one we saw from Round 4 to Champion.
[via Game Informer]