The PS4 and Xbox One are crying out for a boxing videogame, and where better to start than EA Sport’s Fight Night franchise.
Having already launched many rounds of its knockout title, most recently with Fight Night Champion in 2011 and Fight Night Round 4 on PS3 in 2009, EA Sports took its gloves off and opted for the cool kid on the block for its PS4 flagship fighting game, probably because the sport of UFC was garnering a lot of media attention.
Mixed martial arts sports game, EA Sports UFC was released on PS4 in 2014, but there’s been silence on the resurrection of Fight Night. Well, almost. Over the past 12 months, boxing fans have frequently been building up their hopes on forums and social media about either Fight Night Round 5 or Fight Night Champion 2 making an appearance at some point on Sony’s console, but has EA Sports been listening?
So far, the developer has not even hinted that the series will make a return, but we did spot something interesting when we were searching online.
Could this URL from EA’s official site suggest that a new Fight Night game is on the way? http://www2.ea.com/ps4/fight-night,
Clicking on the Source of the page and looking at the HTML we can see that the meta description is: “fight-night, games for PlayStation 4 by Electronic Art the leader in interactive entertainment”
Of course, it could just be a placeholder should the time ever come when EA Sports wishes to bring its boxing game back to life, or it could be proof that the game has certainly been considered at some point.
Fight Night Champion received an average review score of 86 percent on Metacritic, and was praised for its realistic graphics, the sheer amount of content, and the hard-hitting Full-Spectrum Punch Control. EA Sports UFC on the other hand wasn’t particularly well received by critics. We know which one we'd prefer to see again.
It all begs the question: Will the next fighting game from the veteran developer be a UFC game or a Fight Night game? Which one would you prefer?