In the new Career Mode Trailer for UFC 4 players are shown the journey to becoming champion laid out in gameplay and story cinematics. In this mode players will create their own characters which will evolve as a fighter based on various perks that shape strengths and weaknesses based on the training they actually put in.
Beyond that, in Career Mode the damage you have dealt to opponents will actually change the way you look. Muscles become more tone from each action and are represented by your workouts, wins, and losses. The blood, sweat, and tears that go into real training can somewhat be given a simulated feel with UFC 4 forcing players to earn their strength and maintain it.
There are five sparring techniques including Muay Thai, Wrestling, BJJ, Heavy Bag, and more. Attributes are upgraded though handicap through injury can also occur. There’s a relationship system between each fighter and even promoters, fans, and Dana White himself (your boss). You can even train with specific fighters to learn their moves, just be careful not to accidentally injure each other. Playable characters include Jorge Masvidal, Israel Adesanya, Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, Kamaru Usman, and even Bruce Lee.
The game features WFA, UFC, changing weight classes, a variety of arenas including backyard wrestling levels, and more. There’s also a brand new injury system that creates a detailed body-wide risk and reward for players to decide.
Excerpt from the Official Press Release:
“In EA SPORTS™ UFC 4, the fighter you become is shaped by your fight style, your achievements, and your personality. Go from unknown amateur to UFC superstar in the new Career Mode, experience the origins of combat sports in two all-new environments, or challenge the world in new Blitz Battles or Online World Championships to become the undisputed champ.”
UFC 4 releases for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 14, 2020. No PS5 version is confirmed at this time, but the PS4 version of the game will likely be backwards compatible with PS5. All PS4 games after September 2020 will be required to support PS5.
Even though Smart Delivery is shown in the box art cover for UFC 4 on Xbox, there’s still no official word yet on whether or not EA will support Smart Delivery for the Xbox version of UFC 4, but if an Xbox Series X version is created it’s likely EA will be pressured into supporting Smart Delivery for the title given the consumer push back they faced relating to their attempt to put a time limit on free next-gen upgrades of Madden NFL 21 ending March 21, 2021.
Some more superstitious sports fans believe that Conor McGregor suffered a curse ever since appearing on the UFC 3 game’s cover art on February 2, 2018. Right after the UFC 4 cover was first shown, Jorge Masvidal suffered a loss against Kamaru Usman during UFC 251. But does that really have anything to do with the cover art to this upcoming game?
“EA Sports UFC 4 is the best fighting game ever made.” – Dana White, UFC Boss