EA Sports activities extends licenses for UFC, NHL video video games

EA Sports activities has prolonged two licensing offers — one with the Nationwide Hockey League and its gamers affiliation, the opposite with the Final Preventing Championship — that means its NHL and UFC video video games will proceed into the most recent technology of consoles.

The UFC pact is an unique settlement extending to 2030, the businesses mentioned in a information launch. The phrases of the NHL contract weren’t disclosed, however the events described it as a “multi-year deal.”

EA Sports activities has printed an NHL recreation yearly going again to 1991’s NHL Hockey on the Sega Genesis. It took over the UFC license in 2012 from the defunct THQ, publishing its first EA Sports activities UFC recreation in 2014 and three extra since. Each the UFC and NHL titles are developed by the EA Vancouver studio.

Statements saying each offers touted giant numbers of gamers for the most recent entries within the respective franchises (UFC 4 launched in August, NHL 21 in October). Digital Arts mentioned that the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier battle on Aug. 15, a day after UFC 4’s launch, additionally helped drive a much bigger viewers than UFC 3 received upon its launch in 2018.

NHL 21 launched Oct. 16 and, on the finish of the month, those that pre-ordered it received entry to NHL ’94 Rewind — a remodeling of the traditional Sega Genesis ROM to function the present league, groups, and gamers.

The NHL and UFC video games don’t have any direct opponents; the final NHL recreation made by somebody apart from EA was NHL 2K11 for the Wii.

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