Ever wanted to play as the late, great martial artist Bruce Lee? And not one of those cheap, unsubtle knock-offs you get in fighting games -- the real deal?
Well, in the upcoming EA Sports UFC for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, you'll be able to do just that -- so long as you either pre-order the game or complete its Career mode on Pro difficulty. Lee will be playable across four different weight classes and provide the opportunity to test his virtual mettle against the UFC's top fighting champions and challengers.
EA has been working closely with the Bruce Lee Foundation, whose CEO and chairperson is the late fighter's daughter Shannon, to create an accurate depiction of Lee in-game, both in terms of appearance and fighting style. His inclusion in the game, according to UFC president Dana White, is a reflection of his personal philosophy that "not one style of fighting was the best and that you had to have a little piece of everything to be a complete fighter; he was proven right when the first UFC event took place in 1993."
EA Sports UFC is built on EA's Ignite engine, which previously powered the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions of Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14 and NBA Live 14. The engine is designed to not only look very realistic and authentic to TV-style presentation, but also to feature sophisticated artificial intelligence, "biomechanical physics" for motion modelling, and EA's "living worlds" technology to allow for dynamic crowd effects and background events. As a game specifically designed for the new generation of consoles, EA Sports UFC is looking pretty impressive already, but we'll have to wait until the spring of this year to see whether it plays as well as it looks.