What We Already Know:
Gaming’s experiencing a mixed martial arts renaissance of late, with THQ’s UFC Undisputed 2010 already out and EA Sports MMA due in October. Is there room for a third challenger? Developer Kung Fu Factory hopes so, as it’s prepping Supremacy MMA to be the new dark horse contender.
What We're Seeing Now:
Though Supremacy MMA is still early, the developers showed off the work-in-progress at E3. Their concept is to go back to the “roots” of MMA, before UFC and other organizations packaged the sport into the entertainment we see today. A trailer flashes words like “illegal,”
“brutal,” “underground,” “dominate,” and “rage” amid images of snarling dogs. An arena butts up against a cock fight ring. No, it’s definitely not UFC.
My first question was, “Who are the fighters?” The developers demurred; they weren’t yet ready to say, though they promised they’ll have a “good answer” in time. (Whoever the fighters turn out to be, a story mode will delve into their gritty origins.)
Instead they focused on their intent to create a strong striking feeling, no-holds-barred action, intricate animations and a useful feint system. The company line is that Supremacy’s lack of license is an advantage: no constraints, nothing to hold the game back. We’ll see if that pans out when Supremacy MMA’s further along. For now, Kung Fu Factory has a long road to travel before its game is ready for the ring.