UFC on Xbox Live launches in under two months, letting anyone
with Xbox Live stream pay-per-view fights right onto their Xbox 360. But beyond watching
the fights live, you’ll also be able to view the fight cards for upcoming UFC
events to make your picks. At any time before the PPV begins you can pick a
winner, and guess whether it will be a victory via Knockout, Submission, or Decision.
You can upload your choices to your Facebook page (a feature that
might miss launch, but only slightly), letting you show off your picks to your friends
Your Xbox Live friends, however, can get even more involved,
with leaderboards that let you track your picks against theirs. UFC on Xbox Live will even show
notifications on-screen during UFC events to keep you updated on your friends’
rankings to show who knows the sport the best.
There’s a similar competitive game available on the UFC’s
website, but it’s much more complicated, asking players to choose the actual
minute and round the win will take. Looking at two monstrous competitors and
deciding how one will topple the other is fun for everyone, but figuring out
the point in time it will take place is significantly more complicated. Removing
this detail simplifies the choice, and makes it much more manageable to casual
UFC fans. “We can expand it later,” said Mike Mahar, Producer on UFC for Xbox Live,
“but it was a conscience decision we made to start it off more accessible.”
Being able to make these picks creates a level of gamification
not found on any other Xbox Live entertainment services, which let the creators
add another welcome feature: Achievements.
Sadly, Mahar wasn’t able to elaborate much on the details of
these Achievements. He couldn’t confirm how many there would be, what they
would be rewarded for, or if they would actually reward points at all – just that
we will earn them through UFC on Xbox Live. Mahar told us that he, obviously,
wants the Achievements to reward actual points, but he couldn’t confirm that
they would just yet.
He explained that UFC on Xbox Live is an entirely new type
of service, and that, unlike Netflix, it actually does have a competitive
mechanic. The fact that there’s an actual game to it allows Achievements to be
in the cards, but since it’s such a new concept for Microsoft they’re not 100%
sure what they’re going to do with it just yet. We’re guessing they will just
break it into seasons like they did for 1 vs. 100, which would let them adjust
it every few months, but so far there’s no official word.
Oct 7, 2011