While UFC might be going through some turmoil at the moment, 'UFC 4' is on track to debut in little over a month's time on PS4 and Xbox One.
The trailer for the latest game debuted hours before UFC 251, which saw 'UFC 4' cover star Jorge Masvidal take on UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, after Gilbert Burns was diagnosed with coronavirus. Usman defended his title against Masvidal, now matching Khabib Nurmagomedov's record of 12 consecutive victories. UFC is one of only a handful of sports still running but has been hampered by problems since the pandemic.
'UFC 4', meanwhile, is attempting to broaden its appeal beyond die-hard UFC fans and make it more closer to a straightforward beat-'em-up than a simulator. Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, and Bruce Lee have all been added as pre-order bonuses for the game, while one of the game's arena includes Kumite, the no-holds-barred tournament from '80s cheese-tastic sports movie 'Bloodsport', starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Per a report by Polygon with the game's developers, the control system for 'UFC 4' is said to be much more streamlined than before, and will feature a simplified grappling / striking scheme than used in 'UFC 3'. That said, if you spent days upon days learning the 'UFC 3' system of controls, that's still an option.
The career mode has also been refined and improved, with more customisation available for character creation. As well as this, you'll also be able to accept or decline matches in career mode, which will then impact your career development and rivalries with other fighters in the career mode.
'UFC 4' is available for pre-order now and costs €69.99 and comes with several pre-order bonuses, including the Kumite pack, the Backyard customisation pack, and Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury as playable fighters.