EA Sports MMA sequel uncertain
by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jun 27, 2011 10:45AM PDT
EA Sports' attempt to take a piece of THQ's UFC pie seems to have entered development limbo. Kotaku reports that in light of UFC's acquisition of the fight series Strikeforce, EA Sports head Andrew Wilson isn't being forthcoming about the possibility of a sequel, but isn't claiming they're tapping out either.
"A world where we're not involved in fighting is a world I'd rather not think about," he said. "That said, what goes on in the sport, and what's gone on between the UFC and Strikeforce, certainly has an impact on what we can do in the space."
"I am, other than [EA Sports MMA executive producer] Dale Jackson, probably the biggest MMA fan here," said Wilson. "I used to watch the fights on pirate VHS tapes in black-and-white. I trained in jiu-jitsu with the Gracie family. I'm a huge fan of the sport. So it's not a 'no,' but it's also not a 'yes.' I would love for there to be one because I'm a diehard fan of the sport. We have to figure out how to make that happen."
Despite slow sales, producer Jeff Ecker has said an EA Sports MMA 2 will "definitely" happen. But that was before UFC picked up Strikeforce, which seems to have thrown a wrench in the operation.