After THQ's "year off" from the Undisputed series, they've now revealed Undisputed 3. Although this is only the initial reveal, there's some noteworthy features that have been announced already. Via the UFC Undisputed 3 website:
UFC Undisputed 3, takes you inside the Octagon, delivering intense UFC action focused on brutal toe-to-toe combat, impressive visual presentation, increased accessibility and raw fight emotion.
UFC Undisputed 3 ups the intensity with the addition of PRIDE Mode, a brand new submission system, new ways to finish the fight and increased accessibility through both traditional and simplified gameplay controls that, along with significanlt enhanced visuals, new camera positions and personalized fighter entrances, let you step right inside the Octagon.
UFC Undisputed 3 also lets you take the fight to your friends with a significantly improved online feature set, including new and updated offerings, delivering the most competitive and engaging MMA experience to date.Pride Mode
The no-holds-barred Japanese MMA league brings with itbrutal soccer-style kicks, head stomps and ground knees to the head.Finish the Fight
Take your opponents down with punishing new moves, a brand new submission system and increased focus on presentation.From Broadcast to Cageside
Experience the intensity of UFC with new camera positions, compelling fighter entrances, improved facial animations and a gritty, high contrast appearance.
Get right inside the Octagon with simplified gameplay control options, brutalizing opponents after stepping into the cage for the first time.Extraordinary Roster
More than 150 of the most intense UFC fighters, including the addition of Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions.Extensive Online Offering
A significantly revamped online experience, including both new and updated features, rounds out the best competitive fighting experience to date for the franchise.
Anyone who's kept up with me since my days writing over at Watch Kalib Run (R.I.P.) knows that I'm a gamer. Anyone who's kept up with me since my days as a mere Bloody Elbow fanposter though, knows I couldn't stand UFC Undisputed 2010. It looks like THQ took the time to gather themselves, and create something that is worthwhile, rather than the run of the mill yearly upgrade. THQ is of course, also the company who handles the WWE's Smackdown vs. Raw series, which is released yearly. Unlike the SvR series though, Undisputed's fanbase didn't take to the yearly release method, and 2010's sales weren't nearly as good as the initial UFC Undisputed game.
So what should the MMA fan/gamer make of this? I think we should be optimistic. Not only has THQ had time to work on this, they've also been able to watch EA MMA, and see what they did right, as well as what they did wrong. "Pride Mode" was a no brainer, and I'm sure we'd have seen it whether or not EA MMA included the same rule set in their game, but THQ now knows that the fans appreciated the ability to go stomp their opponent's face in. As for what sort of changes are coming to gameplay, we'll just have to wait for more info, but it's relieving to see that they're looking to use a new submission system. We'll be keeping a watch on the development of the game, and hopefully be able to bring an exclusive Cageside Seats preview/review for you all.
Pictures of Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber in-game after the jump!