EA's Fight Night Champion first in the series to receive 'M' rating

There’s no pretention to boxing. The players aren't tackling each other for a leather ball, or getting into scuffles in between slapping a rubber puck around. It’s just two guys wailing on each other until one falls over and doesn’t get back up (at least for a while). Men have died or suffered irreparable brain and/or nerve damage for a chance at the title.

Yet the utter brutality of the sport has ever been an ‘E-10’ or ‘T’ rated affair… until now. According to Kotaku, EA’s next Fight Night Champion title will be rated ‘M.’

The fifth iteration of the Fight Night series will mark not only its first 'M' rated title, but EA Sports’ first as well, and for good reason. Campaign mode tells the story of Andre Bishop, a boxer who will go from ‘punk’ to ‘pro’ in the wake of his father’s death. The story will be about more than bone shattering jabs and uppercuts as Andre navigates the cutthroat culture of professional boxing; from bad agents, rigged fights, and a healthy portion of good old fashioned smack talk.

FNC will also let players fill the…uh…boxers of and touch gloves with 50 world-class pugilists including the ‘Great One’ Muhammad Ali, and today’s leading champ Manny Pacquiao.

From prison yard brawls to the final nap on the canvas, FNC intends to weave a tale of "brutality, uncertainty, betrayal, and redemption" according to EA’s site, with plenty of bloody brows and heartfelt cursing in between.

Fight Night Champion is slated for release in 2011.

Nov 15, 2010


  • Zels77 - November 16, 2010 7 a.m.

    I'll write the review right now: Amazing presentation and fight engine is overshadowed by quirky AI... YAWN.
  • DryvBy - November 16, 2010 5:20 a.m.

    Is it going to be brutal or just an excuse to throw a few hundred F-bombs around and overuse it like most other wannabe M-rated games?
  • ElAmmoBandito - November 16, 2010 12:39 a.m.

    Man this game looks promising!!!

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