Go, Play with Fight Night Champion

Electronic Arts (EA) has announced that EA SPORTS is developing the latest iteration of the long-running Fight Night franchise, entitled Fight Night Champion, at EA Canada in Vancouver.

According to EA, Fight Night Champion will set a new standard in sports video games by delivering dynamic simulation fighting experience, pushing visual boundaries and redefining the single player journey for the category.

“EA SPORTS Fight Night Round 4 was a genre defining game, and led the way as the industry transitioned to physics-based sports games. EA SPORTS Fight Night Champion will again forge new ground and deliver a sports experience unlike anything seen in the genre to date,” said Andrew Wilson, senior VP, Worldwide Development, EA SPORTS.

In Fight Night Champion, players will be introduced to a new way to step between the ropes and experience the drama, emotion, excitement and tragedy of world championship boxing.

Featuring a refined physics-based animation system that incorporates improved locomotion, punching and stamina mechanics, Fight Night Champion will enable users to move, attack and dodge with the speed and power of the best champions, contenders and pretenders in the world of boxing.

In addition, an all-new control scheme, dubbed Full Spectrum Punch Control, will deliver the most realistic punching system ever seen in a simulation fighting game, while still delivering an accessible experience that will make Fight Night Champion the most user-friendly title in the franchise’s history, believes the company.

The game will be available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system and ships to retailers in 2011.

It has not yet been rated by the ESRB or PEGI.

EA SPORTS delivers sports simulation videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA Soccer, NHL hockey, NBA ELITE basketball, NCAA Football and NCAA Basketball, Fight Night boxing, EA SPORTS MMA, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR golf and EA SPORTS Active.

EA, headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company.

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