Electronic Arts might be throwing their hat into the mixed-martial arts ring soon with EA Sports MMA, but that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten their loyal and devoted boxing fan base. Case in point: the newly announced Fight Night Champion, the fifth installment in EA’s acclaimed brawling series, scheduled for release in 2011.
EA Canada tells IGN that the newest Fight Night will “break the mold of what is expected in a single-player sports game” and introduce “an entirely new way to step between the ropes and experience the drama emotion, excitement and tragedy of world championship boxing.”
EA didn’t share many other details except that the game will include around 60-65 fighters, and feature something called “Full Spectrum Punch Control” that will influence how boxers move, act, and react in the ring, and create the “most realistic punching system ever seen.”
As for this “groundbreaking single-player mode,” here’s what I’m desperately hoping for: I’ve said for the longest time that someone needed to make a boxing game that followed some kind of open-world structure, where you get to live the life of a boxer inside and outside the ring. Set it in 1930s Chicago or New York, let me work my way up from grimy boxing halls to prestigious venues, all the while deciding whether to give into or avoid the obvious corruption that would be a constant presence in my character’s life, and you have a recipe for a totally unique and engrossing boxing game unlike anything that’s come before it. Sounds like I just gave you Fight Night 6, EA. You’re welcome.