Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) Videogame Allows Consumers to Enter the Virtual Octagon(TM) with Game Sample Prior to Worldwide Debut in May
AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 23, 2009--
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and Zuffa, LLC today announced the UFC®
2009 Undisputed™ playable demo is now available for free
download via Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and
entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as PlayStation®Network for
the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system. In celebration of UFC®
97, held last weekend in Montreal, Quebec, the playable demo will allow
consumers to sample an exhibition bout with former UFC® Light
Heavyweight Champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun”
Rua. The demo will also include a portion of the game’s Tutorial Mode,
which further educates players about UFC
2009 Undisputed’s unique gameplay controls, as well as the sport
of mixed martial arts. UFC
2009 Undisputed is scheduled for release on May 19, 2009
for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 system.
“The playable demo for UFC
2009 Undisputed will allow consumers to have their first taste
of virtual Octagon™ action prior to our highly anticipated launch on May
19,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, publishing, THQ. “We
look forward to seeing how fans embrace this powerful mixed martial arts
“Fans around the world have been clamoring for a great UFC videogame for
quite some time,” said Dana White, president, UFC. “We are pleased to
offer a free sample of UFC
2009 Undisputed featuring two great athletes and competitors,
Chuck Liddell and ‘Shogun’ Rua, prior to launch.”
About the UFC 2009 Undisputed Playable
2009 Undisputed playable demo for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3
system will allow players to enter the virtual Octagon for an Exhibition
Mode bout between Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
The three-round demo contest depicts the renowned Mandalay Bay Resort
and Casino in Las Vegas while supporting 1-2 players. Mario Yamasaki
serves as the referee. In addition, players can navigate a portion of
the game’s Tutorial Mode for more information about UFC
2009 Undisputed’s unique gameplay controls, as well as the sport
of mixed martial arts.
About UFC 2009 Undisputed
2009 Undisputed is an explosive fighting game that will
demonstrate the action, intensity and attitude of a UFC live event.
Players will explore a deep roster of more than 80 top fighters in UFC
competition across all five weight classes. In addition, they will enter
the Octagon surrounded by the sport’s renowned announcer, commentators,
referees, trainers, Octagon Girls and more. Photorealistic models are at
the forefront, as players will view amazing ripple effects across the
faces and bodies of their fighters from the impact of devastating
punches and kicks.
A brand new fighting game engine designed specifically for next
generation systems will deliver innovative, responsive and easy-to-play
controls that give unparalleled command of fighters, as players take
down opponents with a variety of mixed martial arts disciplines,
including Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The game’s
Create-a-Fighter system will jumpstart the careers of future champions
through character customization, while a robust Career Mode will develop
a fighter’s attributes and skill sets while fighting to enter the UFC
Hall of Fame. In addition, UFC
2009 Undisputed lets players revisit key moments in UFC
history and attempt to recreate the matchups through a Classic Fights
Mode. Furthermore, players will be able to enhance their gameplay
experience through online support, including downloadable content.
More information about UFC 2009 Undisputed can be found at www.ufcundisputed.com
For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit UFC.com,
All bouts live and subject to change.
About The Ultimate Fighting
Fighting Championship® is the world’s leading professional mixed
martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports
events. Owned and operated by Zuffa™, LLC, and headquartered in Las
Vegas, Nev., UFC® produces over twelve live pay-per-view events annually
that are distributed residentially through North American cable and
satellite providers including iNDEMAND Networks, DIRECTV, DISH Network,
TVN Entertainment, BellTV, SaskTel Max™, Shaw Pay-Per-View, Viewers
Choice, and WOWOW in Japan, and Premiere Combate and SporTV in Brazil,
and via the Internet worldwide on Yahoo! Sports, and commercially
through Joe Hand Promotions in the U.S. and Canadastar in Canada. In
addition to its North American distribution, UFC programming is
distributed in over 100 countries and territories throughout the world.
For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit ufc.com
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