UFC 2009 Undisputed screens and debut trailer: ooh, that’s going to leave a mark

As I’ve said before, I have no interest in watching people beat each other to a bloody pulp. But there are obviously tons of people who do; that’s been evinced by the recent rise of the UFC. Accordingly, we’ve seen a number of reportedly mediocre UFC video games; last January, though, THQ obtained exclusive rights to UFC games, and now we’re seeing the first fruits of that agreement.

The debut trailer for THQ’s first UFC game, UFC 2009 Undisputed, can be viewed above — feel free to cringe and grimace along with Forrest Griffin and Quentin “Rampage” Jackson as they duke it out in the Octagon™. THQ has also sent over ten screenshots that can be viewed in the gallery below, and the announcement press release is after the jump. Of course, Nick linked it in his June 20th Scraps post, so you’ve all seen it already…right?

Just nod politely for your own sake, lest you suffer Mr. Chester’s wrath. UFC 2009 Undisputed is set for release in the spring of 2009 for the PS3 and 360.


Debut Videogame Based on Ultimate Fighting Championship® Poised to Deliver an Extensive Roster, Commanding New Game Engine and Powerful Features

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. June 20, 2008 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that UFC® 2009 Undisputed, the company’s debut videogame based on the renowned Ultimate Fighting Championship® mixed martial arts organization, is in development for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and mobile devices. Featuring an authentic and comprehensive UFC atmosphere, including an extensive roster of the best mixed martial arts fighters in the world, UFC 2009 Undisputed is expected to begin shipping to retail outlets worldwide in spring 2009.

“As the leading fighting videogame publisher*, we feel the rising popularity of the UFC brand and its incredible mixed martial arts experience make UFC 2009 Undisputed the perfect addition to our expanding portfolio,” said Bob Aniello, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, THQ. “UFC 2009 Undisputed is certain to be the most realistic fighting game to date, including advanced collision detection and AI systems that incorporate individual fighter styles.”

“UFC offers the fighting videogame genre a fresh and innovative look inside today’s most exciting live sporting event in the world,” said Dana White, president, UFC. “UFC 2009 Undisputed represents a significant opportunity for us to expand our growing, global audience and allow fans to step into the virtual Octagon™ to compete against the world’s most prominent mixed martial arts fighters.”

*THQ Inc. is the leading fighting videogame publisher according to The NPD Group / Retail Tracking Service; January 2005 through December 2007

Samit Sarkar