Industry insider Tom Henderson reported that UFC 5 will be released in 2023 and said the game’s development has paused the reboot of the Fight Night franchise.
The UFC franchise has been important to EA Sports. Back upon release, UFC 4 ranked as the second best-selling game of August, only losing to another EA juggernaut in Madden 21.
While you might expect that kind of success to immediately warrant the development of a sequel, the MMA franchise has never been one to dabble in releases.
It’s been over a year and a half since the release of its predecessor, and this is the first real news fans are hearing about UFC 5.
UFC 5 could arrive in 2023 at the cost of a Fight Night reboot
In a series of tweetsHenderson announced that the game could arrive as soon as the summer of 2023, which is almost three years after the release of UFC 4.
“UFC 5 is summer 23, I believe. A Fight Night reboot had to be *paused* for this.
UFC 5 is summer 23 I believe.
A Fight Night reboot had to be *suspended* for this 😭 https://t.co/qJNmCBY00N
—Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) May 10, 2022
He initially claimed that the final episode of Fight Night had to be halted for this to happen, but then clarified that it had only been on hiatus and there was still hope that development can continue.
If his sources are correct, this would be the first entry into the boxing franchise since 2011. Fight Night Champion which drew praise for its tight controls and an inventive new story mode.
While this might not be the kind of news fans of both franchises have been looking for, at least there’s still hope that two iconic combat sports games could be coming.