Put your gloves back on and get ready to rumble, UFC 5 is on the way, joining EA Sports’ roster of titles for 2023, including the highly anticipated EA Sports FC. But cast your mind away from soccer for a moment, because the UFC release date is set to get a proper confirmation, as EA Sports teases the UFC 5 reveal trailer.
Announcing the arrival of insight to UFC 5 later this year, EA Sports releases a brief teaser (for a teaser) on its official Twitter page. Though we haven’t got a definitive launch date yet, which is just billed as “coming soon”, EA Sports confirms that a “full reveal” is coming in “September 2023.”
In the clip attached to the tweet, we see a fresh-faced logo for the next entry, which sees the logo crumble into pieces – not unlike our faces when we played UFC 4’s backyard brawls. EA Sports encourages fans to sign up for the UFC 5 newsletter, which seeks to give players “UFC 5 news, updates, behind-the-scenes content, exclusive offers” surrounding the upcoming title.
If that sounds like something you’d like to include in your growing list of emails, you can sign up here.
— EA SPORTS (@EASPORTS) July 8, 2023
Previous release patterns have seen UFC games released between June and August, but with this reveal taking place in September, we speculate the game could launch shortly after in October or November. Launching in the former, however, would prove to be a competitive window for the fighting game franchise.
As you may know, many upcoming PS5 games and upcoming Xbox games like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Alan Wake 2, and Assassin’s Creed Mirage are also touted to drop in that October-November window. Now that is a pretty tasty window for us as players, but whether UFC 5 could be given a fair shake in that time may prove difficult. Nevertheless, it’ll be interesting to see how UFC 5 improves upon its predecessor considering there has been a three-year gap to do so.
UFC 4 featured over 229 unique fighters and a dedicated career mode that introduced the game’s four core fighting styles: kickboxing, wrestling, jujitsu, and boxing. We’ve spent countless hours in the excellent Knockout Mode, which focuses on a more arcade-like experience, with health bars and sound effects akin to games like the forthcoming Tekken 8. It’d be great to see it return in UFC 5, complete with a set of vibrant arenas to battle within. It even featured in UFC 3, with the ultimate UFC player, Snoop Dogg, giving it a go.