Industry insider Tom Henderson has reported that UFC 5 will be released in 2023 and says the game’s development has caused the long-rumored reboot of the Fight Night franchise to be interrupted.
The UFC franchise was a big one for EA Sports. Back on release, UFC 4 was the second best-selling game of the month in August, losing only to another EA juggernaut in Madden 21.
While you’d expect that kind of success to immediately justify developing a sequel, the MMA franchise has never been one to go out with releases.
It’s been over a year and a half since the release of its predecessor, and this is the first real news fans have heard 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 be released as early as summer 2023, marking it nearly three years after the release of UFC 4.
“UFC 5 is summer 23 I believe. A Fight Night reboot had to be *paused* for it.
UFC 5 is summer 23 I believe.
A Fight Night reboot had to be *paused* for it 😭 https://t.co/qJNmCBY00N
— Tom Henderson (@_Tom_Henderson_) May 10, 2022
He initially claimed that the latest Fight Night episode had to be shut down for this to happen, but he later clarified that it’s only been interrupted and there’s still hope development can continue.
If his sources are correct, this would be the boxing franchise’s first entry since 2011 Fight Night Champion which garnered much praise for its tight controls and an inventive new story mode.
While it may not be the kind of news fans of either franchise have been looking for, at least there’s still hope that two iconic martial arts games are in the pipeline.