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Fight Night Champion Announced for 2011

The Fight Night franchise to continue.

More blood, puffiness, skin irritation, and brain damaging blows are coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011 courtesy of EA Canada. The developer has announced Fight Night Champion, a full-scale and disc-based continuation of the boxing franchise.

IGN has the scoop on the project, which appears poised to deliver the same level of eerie physical detail that series has become famous for. In one of the images provided to the publication, a boxer stands erect, somehow, as blood from his ruptured face trickles down his pectorals. One eye is badly swollen; the egg-sized lump threatens to burst.

Chances are you'll be able to thank the franchise's freewheeling punch control for the damage. It's being suggested that the stick-bound scheme will make a comeback--with a few tweaks and a new name of course. Speaking to IGN, producer Brian Hayes said Full Spectrum Punch Control, a flurry of buzzwords, will make the game "the most user-friendly title in the franchise's history," while at the same time provide "the most realistic punching system ever seen."  
 

 
Speaking of promises, one of the few things Hayes could talk about, albeit vaguely, was Fight Night Champion's single-player mode. "Fight Night Champion will break the mold of what is expected in a single-player sports game," he said. "Players will be introduced to an entirely new way to step between the ropes and experience the drama, emotion, excitement and tragedy of world championship boxing."

We'll probably might see a bit more of Champion this afternoon, and that's a welcome treat. We need more games that allow you to batter someone's head so badly, you become afraid you've done irreversible damage. It's like a morality system, but not. Neat!  
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Posted by BradNicholson

More blood, puffiness, skin irritation, and brain damaging blows are coming to the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2011 courtesy of EA Canada. The developer has announced Fight Night Champion, a full-scale and disc-based continuation of the boxing franchise.

IGN has the scoop on the project, which appears poised to deliver the same level of eerie physical detail that series has become famous for. In one of the images provided to the publication, a boxer stands erect, somehow, as blood from his ruptured face trickles down his pectorals. One eye is badly swollen; the egg-sized lump threatens to burst.

Chances are you'll be able to thank the franchise's freewheeling punch control for the damage. It's being suggested that the stick-bound scheme will make a comeback--with a few tweaks and a new name of course. Speaking to IGN, producer Brian Hayes said Full Spectrum Punch Control, a flurry of buzzwords, will make the game "the most user-friendly title in the franchise's history," while at the same time provide "the most realistic punching system ever seen."  
 

 
Speaking of promises, one of the few things Hayes could talk about, albeit vaguely, was Fight Night Champion's single-player mode. "Fight Night Champion will break the mold of what is expected in a single-player sports game," he said. "Players will be introduced to an entirely new way to step between the ropes and experience the drama, emotion, excitement and tragedy of world championship boxing."

We'll probably might see a bit more of Champion this afternoon, and that's a welcome treat. We need more games that allow you to batter someone's head so badly, you become afraid you've done irreversible damage. It's like a morality system, but not. Neat!  
Edited by BraveToaster

Fight Night is the Shizzz!  
 
EDIT: What? I thought the quest was for videos only.

Posted by Sanj

I'm all Fight Night-ed out from FN4, so my interest is only slightly high for this.
Posted by Stephen_Von_Cloud

Please, PLEASE bring back the controls and fighting system from Fight Night Round 3.  Round 4 made a bunch of completely unnecessary changes.  I still play 3 and only played 4 for a couple days.

Posted by simian

Glad to see the blood dynamics are still intact.

Posted by Bionicicide

I've grown to give boxing more respect after losing interest in MMA. FNR4's singleplayer was negligible (eg: calendar menus), wonder what drama they have in mind.

Posted by VibratingDonkey

Next they'll announce NHL 12 or some crazy shit!

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Posted by InfamousBIG

Fuck yea, this looks awesome.  I love me some boxing,especially as I have boxed amateur-ly (I know that's not a word) for a couple years.

Posted by Philva

I'm glad to see another Fight Night but can it compete with the coming MMA games?

Posted by JJWeatherman

Boo. I hate the direction they went in the most recent one. 
 
Terrible.

Posted by Hot_Karl

Well, that sounds pretty interesting, but Fight Night Round 4 was a step down (in my opinion) from the stellar FNR3. Also, the UFC games and from what I can tell, EA Sports MMA are more interesting "fighting" games. Boxing ain't what it used to be.

Posted by thefreed

I liked both fight night 3 and 4.
4 was harder to get used to... but when you get how to play it it's really fun. You need to move your head around a lot and counter punches. You need to have the timing down.
I love the realistic type of fighting games EA is putting out... I also loved Def jam. They need to bring that back and make it similar to fight for new york.

Edited by DiGiTaL_SiN
@bradnicholson:
 
Isn't that pic watermarked?
Posted by AAsama

I love me some Fight Night. Only "sports" game i enjoy.
Posted by BradNicholson
@DiGiTaL_SiN: Yeah, sure is.
Posted by BraveToaster
@Stephen_Von_Cloud said:
" Please, PLEASE bring back the controls and fighting system from Fight Night Round 3.  Round 4 made a bunch of completely unnecessary changes.  I still play 3 and only played 4 for a couple days. "
Yeah the older controls were better.
Posted by davidwitten22

In this one do will they have the option to play as Floyd Mayweather and dodge fights? Because that would be awesome!

Posted by RecSpec

I'm also in the group that thought 4 was a step down from 3.
 
Not really sure how I feel about this yet. Mainly because of these words right here.
 
 "the most user-friendly title in the franchise's history,"

Posted by Hourai

An actual story could be pretty cool. I was a little bummed that there wasn't any of that while playing through Legacy Mode in FNR4. 

Posted by Jayzilla

If you try to fight MAyweather in this game, it crash/locks. I sent in a bug report, and MAyweather's agent called me and told me it's SUPPOSED to happen that way. At least his agent finally called.

Posted by Jrad
@Axxol said:

" Fight Night is the Shizzz!   EDIT: What? I thought the quest was for videos only. "

 You've opened Pandora's Box. Through a combined community effort, we had managed to deceive our very selves, ensuring that the comments section of most articles was a place untouched by mortal greed. Yet with one fell swoop, you've rendered all our efforts for naught. Congratulations.
Posted by Branthog

Didn't FN4 just fucking come out last year?
 
I'm getting seriously burned out on every game having to come out every 6-24 months. Give us some time to miss you and want you back for fuck's sake.

Posted by sins_of_mosin

I sure hope its more like FNR3 then 4.  FNR4 sucked in so many ways.  And please ditch the rubber look.

Posted by CptChiken

Its too soon after the release of FNR4 to be all that different. 
please dont let it become another yearly release EA... PLEASE

Posted by goodwood
@davidwitten22 said:
" In this one do will they have the option to play as Floyd Mayweather and dodge fights? Because that would be awesome! "
Damn you I was about to say something like that. I think in this game if you are Pacquiao you have to give into Mayweather's demands and get tested before the fight and play with your feet.
Posted by BraveToaster
@Jrad said:
" @Axxol said:

" Fight Night is the Shizzz!   EDIT: What? I thought the quest was for videos only. "

 You've opened Pandora's Box. Through a combined community effort, we had managed to deceive our very selves, ensuring that the comments section of most articles was a place untouched by mortal greed. Yet with one fell swoop, you've rendered all our efforts for naught. Congratulations. "
It was a mistake. But, I'm sure you can forgive me and go on with your fucking life. 
Posted by Lonely_Ogre

If there's ear biting, I'm in!

Posted by I_love_Eva_Braun

As long as I can play as Ali or Tyson I'm gonna buy it

Posted by fillmoejoe
@goodwood said:
" @davidwitten22 said:
" In this one do will they have the option to play as Floyd Mayweather and dodge fights? Because that would be awesome! "
Damn you I was about to say something like that. I think in this game if you are Pacquiao you have to give into Mayweather's demands and get tested before the fight and play with your feet. "

This is taking longer than the Israel-Palestine peace talks.