EA Sports UFC 5 is all set to enter the octagon on October 27, 2023. This latest instalment in the MMA gaming series will be exclusive to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, and it's making history by earning an "M for Mature" ESRB rating for the first time.
The game's reveal trailer confirmed MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko is returning as a playable character for the first time since EA Sports MMA in 2010 and boxing icons Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson will also join the roster with a pre-order of the Deluxe Edition. The in-game renders of current UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski and former UFC Women's Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko will grace the cover of the game. And there's an exclusive treat for you - UFC Featherweight Champion Isreal Adesanya will be featured on the cover of the Deluxe Edition.
What's truly thrilling about this release is the introduction of the Real Impact System and the incorporation of community-requested upgrades that take UFC 5 to the next level. UFC says the franchise's Frostbite Engine debut enhances the EA Sports UFC MMA realism with high-speed 60 frames-per-second rendering and gameplay simulation. You’ll witness ultra-realistic damage progression, with fighter attributes realistically wearing down as the battle unfolds. Taking UFC’s word for it, you’ll feel every bone-crunching impact with over 64,000 possible facial damage combinations.
The addition of new fluid physics and particle systems brings the blood and sweat inside the Octagon to life, delivering an almost one-to-one representation of a Pay-Per-View main event. The brand-new face animation tool ensures fighters' likenesses are top-notch. Combined with advanced body sculpting and strand-based hair, UFC 5 promises to deliver photorealistic fighters in all their glory during those epic moments.
In addition to the Real Impact System, advanced visuals and enriched gameplay with the Frostbite Engine, UFC 5 also introduces a Cinematic K.O. Replay, displaying fight-ending moments with intensified visuals and excitement. This feature presents these moments in super slow motion, offering cinematic angles and lighting to recapture the drama of UFC fights.
Additionally, the game includes doctor's checks and stoppages, where a notable injury prompts a ringside doctor's inspection. Failure to protect the injury can result in a doctor's stoppage, adding strategic variables to the gameplay. There are new strikes and hit reactions, emulating the moves of heavy hitters and professional kickboxers. Ground and pound elbows, spinning attacks, body punches, and calf kicks bring variety to the game. The Hit Reaction animations and physics provide immersive impact moments during frenetic fights.
The grappling system sees improvements with Revamped Seamless Submissions, featuring faster animation transitions and eliminating mini-games. Grapple Assist helps beginners, while seasoned players can explore deeper techniques. UFC 5 also introduces an enhanced live service with features like Fight Week and Fight Picks tied to real-world UFC events. It brings Alter Egos, showcasing new versions of top fighters based on their career-defining moments, complete with alternative looks and associated abilities.
EA Play members can enjoy early access with a 10-hour trial starting on October 24. Keep stuffing for more updates!