EA Sports activities has prolonged two licensing offers — one with the Nationwide Hockey League and its avid gamers affiliation, the opposite with the Final Combating Championship — that means its NHL and UFC video video games will proceed into the most recent era of consoles.
The UFC pact is an unique settlement extending to 2030, the corporations mentioned in a information unlock. The phrases of the NHL contract weren’t disclosed, however the events described it as a “multi-year deal.”
EA Sports activities has revealed an NHL sport annually going again to 1991’s NHL Hockey at the Sega Genesis. It took over the UFC license in 2012 from the defunct THQ, publishing its first EA Sports activities UFC sport in 2014 and 3 extra since. Each the UFC and NHL titles are evolved by means of the EA Vancouver studio.
Statements pronouncing each offers touted massive numbers of avid gamers for the newest entries within the respective franchises (UFC 4 introduced in August, NHL 21 in October). Digital Arts mentioned that the Stipe Miocic-Daniel Cormier battle on Aug. 15, an afternoon after UFC 4’s release, additionally helped force a larger target market than UFC 3 were given upon its unlock in 2018.
NHL 21 introduced Oct. 16 and, on the finish of the month, those that pre-ordered it were given get right of entry to to NHL ’94 Rewind — a remodeling of the vintage Sega Genesis ROM to function the present league, groups, and avid gamers.
The NHL and UFC video games don’t have any direct competition; the remaining NHL sport made by means of any individual as opposed to EA used to be NHL 2K11 for the Wii.