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EA Sports UFC 5

Platform(s): PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Genre: Fighting
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: Oct. 27, 2023

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'EA Sports UFC 5' Adding 9 New Fighters & Gameplay Adjustments Tomorrow, 20 More Athletes To Be Added In The Coming Months

by Rainier on April 3, 2024 @ 10:22 a.m. PDT

EA Sports UFC 5 is the next installment of the MMA fighting franchise, and lets you step back into the Octagon as a variety of celebrities.

Developed on the Frostbite Engine for the first time, and featuring the all-new Real Impact System, UFC 5 is the definitive MMA experience with authentic gameplay and graphics maximized for modern consoles.

The franchise's Frostbite Engine debut enhances the EA Sports UFC MMA realism with high-speed 60 frames-per-second rendering and gameplay simulation. Representing a new era of realism and fighter intensity, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya will headline the UFC 5 Deluxe Edition cover, while UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and former UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko grace the Standard Edition box art.

The addition of the Real Impact System and the inclusion of many requested community upgrades provides UFC 5 with definitive title-over-title enhancement. Experience realistic blow-by-blow damage with hyper-accurate progression as fighter attributes realistically deteriorate over the course of a fight. Feel the power of each impact with more than 64,000 possible facial damage combinations. New fluid physics and particle systems elevate blood and sweat inside the world-famous Octagon® for a near 1:1 representation of a Pay-Per-View main event, while the implementation of the all-new face animation tool enhances fighter likenesses. Photorealistic fighter likenesses are accentuated with advanced body sculpting and strand-based hair during marquee UFC 5 moments.

EA SPORTS UFC 5 is announcing a record number of in-game fighter additions, continuing our goal of offering the most authentic gaming experience possible with even more fighters featured via hyper-realistic character likenesses and facial motion to complement next-level environment fidelity. 

Our first round of significant roster updates goes live tomorrow April 4th and will be followed by subsequent fighter additions through June. By the end of June, we will have introduced over 30 additional fighters and will reach 98% parity with the current UFC Top 10 Athlete Rankings - this marks the most substantial post-launch roster expansion in EA SPORTS UFC history and every additional rostered fighter will be available for FREE with each update. You can check out the official UFC blog post detailing all the fighter additions and gameplay updates here

"We hope today's announcement of the unprecedented number of fighter roster additions over the coming months is a major win for our community” says Nate McDonald, Lead Producer on UFC 5. “With more than 30 active fighters joining UFC 5 between now and the end of June, including surging newcomers like Michael "Venom" Page (MVP) and Kayla Harrison, this marks the most substantial post-launch expansion in our history, and we can’t wait for our community to level up with us.”

Ahead of UFC 300 in just a few weeks, UFC 5 will be adding the next 9 additional rostered fighters –  from the surging newcomer, Diego Lopes and his explosive submissions to the highly anticipated addition of Geoff “Handz of Steel” Neal and his fight-ending strikes.

The first nine fighters being added include:

  • Movsar Evloev (#5 FEATHERWEIGHT)
  • Brendan Allen (#6 MW)
  • Marina Rodriguez (#6 WSW)
  • Muhammed Mokaev (#7 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Serghei Spivac (#9 HW)
  • Geoff Neal (#10 WW)
  • Umar Nurmagomedov (#10 BW)
  • Tracy Cortez (#11 WFW)
  • Diego Lopes 

In addition to the nine immediately available fighters, over 20 additional fighters will be released in the coming months. These fighters include:

Late April

  • Matheus Nicolau (#5 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Virna Jandiroba (#5 WSW)
  • Manel Kape (#6 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Natalia Silva (#8 WFW)
  • Nassourdine Imavov (#8 MW)
  • Marcin Tybura (#8 HW)
  • Stephen Erceg (#10 FLYWEIGHT)
  • “MVP” Michael Page (#13 WW)
  • Drew Dober (#15 LW)

May

  • Roman Dolidze (#9 MW)
  • Benoît Saint Denis (#11 LW)
  • Anthony Hernandez (#12 MW)

June

  • Pannie Kianzad (#9 WBW)
  • Loopy Godínez (#10 WSW)
  • Norma Dumont (#11 WBW)
  • Tagir Ulanbekov (#12 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Alexandr Romanov (#13 HW)
  • Mario Bautista (#13 BW)
  • Chris Curtis (#14 MW)
  • Jonathan Martinez (#14 BW)
  • Caio Borralho (#15 MW)
  • Kayla Harrison 
  • Michel Pereira 
  • Joaquin Buckley (#11 WW)
  • Randy Brown

*The exact timing of fighter additions is subject to change

**Please Note: After incorporating these additional fighters, we intend to return to our normal update cadence of introducing 2-3 fighters with each patch and ensuring that the in-game roster remains up-to-date with the current UFC Athlete Rankings."

EA Sports heard the player community’s feedback coming off of UFC 5’s launch – Not only will these roster additions provide fans with the fighters they’ve been asking for, but gameplay adjustments will revolutionize how fans can utilize these new fighters. We’ve tuned stamina recovery between rounds, adjusted evasion properties while ducking, and re-balanced the speed and power for various strike types. 

The grappling and ground game has also been updated with notable changes to the range and speed of double and single-leg takedown entries. We have increased the short-term stamina cost for muscle-modified transitions, among a slew of other adjustments that you can check out below. 

Here are all the details and everything you can expect from Patch 1.07 on April 4:

PATCH LAUNCH DATE/TIME AND LAUNCH DOWNTIME

  • April 4, 2024, at 10 am PT / Launch Downtime: None
NEW FIGHTERS
  • Movsar Evloev (#5 FEATHERWEIGHT)
  • Brendan Allen (#6 MW)
  • Marina Rodriguez (#6 WSW) 
  • Muhammad Mokaev (#7 FLYWEIGHT)
  • Serghei Spivac (#8 HW)
  • Geoff Neal (#10 WW)
  • Umar Nurmagomedov (#10 BW)
  • Tracy Cortez (#10 WFW)
  • Diego Lopes
UFC 300 FIGHT WEEK CHALLENGES AND NEW ALTER EGOS
  • These will be added on April 9, 2024, at 10 am PT
STRIKING
  • Reduced Stamina recovery between rounds by around 20%.
    • After the previous increases in stamina cost for blocked, missed, and evaded strikes, we saw that stamina seemed to be in a good place at the end of the first round, but that fighters could recover too much going into round two. This new reduction to the recovery between rounds hits the recovery going into the second round the hardest and should also make a noticeable difference across many rounds, for fights that go the distance. (Despite being listed in the striking section, this change applies to between-rounds stamina recovery as a whole, not just from striking.)
  • Improved the evasive properties of the stationary duck.
    • Its start-up has been reduced by 1 frame. This is when a lot of motion happens, as the fighter lowers their head. It should reduce cases of strikes unnaturally aiming down at the opponent’s jaw as they duck already quite low. And this will particularly benefit shorter fighters. When fighters have the same height or are taller than the opponent, this new extra frame won’t benefit them as much, though it’ll still help. The punches will no longer go down to their chin and will instead hit the top of their head, keeping a plausible arc. This will deal a lot less damage and won’t cause a hit stun. This mitigation mechanic isn’t new but wasn’t coming into play much, given the previous tuning of the evasion frames themselves.
  • Improved the evasive properties of advancing and retreating ducks.
    • This change had a similar purpose but different details. In the case of these ducks mixed with footwork, the issue wasn’t the start-up time to their evasion window, but that the evasion window had a gap in the middle of it. That happened right when your head was very low. We have closed this gap and now these moving ducks should behave as one would expect. No more roundhouses tracking your head super low as you retreat with a duck.
  • Slowed down the haymaker execution.
    • The execution means how long it takes from starting the attack to landing it. These are the fastest values. Fighters who are slower or from heavier weight classes take more frames to make contact with the opponent. Even considering its shorter range, the haymaker was a little too fast related to the overhand.
      • Execution from 22 to 24 frames.
  • Sped-up the execution of the rear overhand.
    • With both this and the haymaker’s change, the overhand will become only 2 frames slower and continue to have a longer range.
      • Execution from 28 to 26 frames.
  • Increased the slap’s base damage and damage scaling and sped up its execution.
    • The slap was unnecessarily slow and didn’t have any power scaling to increase its damage based on punch power. Now it should hit more than twice as hard and be significantly faster. Let’s see who can score some slap KOs!
      • Base Damage from 5 to 7.5
      • Damage Scaling from 0% to 65%
      • Execution from 32 to 26 frames
  • Increased the stopping power of all leg kicks.
    • Stopping power means how early in the opponent’s strike’s execution you need to hit them to interrupt them. The higher the stopping power of your strike, the later you can afford to hit the opponent and still interrupt them.
      • Lead and Rear Leg Kicks = 20% to 30%
      • Lead and Rear Calf Kicks = 40% to 50%
      • Lead Side Kick to the Leg and Oblique Kick = 60% to 80%
  • Made the cartwheel kick and the rolling thunder much easier to counter after blocking them.
    • There is now ample time to punish these kicks after blocking them. However, timing your inputs and selecting the proper strikes with which to counter can still prove challenging, as the animations for getting after throwing the kick can naturally keep the head or torso out of reach. We recommend experimenting with potential counters in practice mode. You might be surprised!
      • Reduced the cartwheel kick’s block stun by 10 frames.
      • Increased the time it takes to block after landing the cartwheel kick by 16 frames.
      • Reduced the rolling thunder’s block stun by 30 frames.
      • Increased the time it takes to block after landing a rolling thunder by 14 frames.
  • Increased rolling thunder’s base damage from 35 to 45.
    • It is now much riskier and isn’t as nimble and evasive as the cartwheel kick. So it now deserves an increased reward to make up for the added risk.
  • Increased rear hook kick’s base damage from 40 to 45.
    • Its main benefits are being safe on block and conceding less vulnerability than a roundhouse. But, considering how slow it is, we figured its damage could rise closer to the roundhouse damage (50).
  • Increased the lead and rear jumping switch kicks block bleedthrough from 30% to 40%.
    • The block bleedthrough means the damage percentage that goes through the block even if the block meter is full. This is the main purpose of this kick, in comparison to the regular roundhouses. The trade-offs are being slower and less combo-friendly.
  • Increased the tornado kick base damage and block bleedthrough.
    • As a very slow kick, it should hit harder and should make opponents care more about dodging the kick instead of merely blocking.
      • Base Damage from 50 to 52.5.
      • Block Bleedthrough from 30% to 40%.
  • Increased the 720 Spinning Kick (O’Malley Kick) base damage and block bleedthrough.
    • This is a similar case to that of the tornado kick, except the 720 kick is even slower, and blocking them should be a terrible idea.
      • Base Damage from 55 to 57.5 (the new highest base damage).
      • Block Bleedthrough from 50% to 70%.
  • Sped up the lead front kick’s execution.
    • This should make it compete with the rear front kick, especially when advancing.
      • Standing Execution from 28 to 26 frames
      • Advancing Execution from 34 to 28 frames
  • Reduced the rear front kick’s base damage and slowed down its advancing execution
    • This kick has been a thorn in many players’ sides - or rather, chin. Its damage is a bit high for how fast it is. And the advancing version should be slower, to be more in line with other rear advancing kicks. Its lead version should now be preferable when advancing.
      • Base Damage from 35 to 32.5.
      • Advancing Execution from 30 to 34.
  • Increased the lead side kick’s base damage and sped up its execution.
    • The side kicks are similar to the front kicks but safer and less explosive. Despite the lead side kick bright sides, we figured its speed and power should be closer to the front kick’s and hopefully make it a more equally appealing option.
      • Base Damage from 25 to 27.5
      • Standing Execution 26 to 24.
      • Advancing Execution 32 to 28.
  • Increased the rear side kick’s base damage.
    • The rear version of the side kick didn’t need as many buffs as the lead one to be more competitive in relation to the front kicks. This damage buff should make it a great option for causing and aggravating nose injuries, as the side kicks enjoy a similar buff to that of elbows and knees, against facial injuries.
      • Base Damage from 20 to 32.5.
  • Fixed a rare issue that could cause strikes or takedowns to mix against forward lunges performed after a series of lunges in other directions.
  • Tuned visual damage to match doctor check results more authentically and intuitively.
    • Cuts will now only reach maximum bleeding when the cut damage is maxed out.
    • Visual swelling will be more limited until the swelling damage is maxed out. This should create a clearer distinction between when eyes are almost swollen and when they are.
      • These changes should result in fewer instances of “just rub some dirt on it” moments - when it looks like it should be a stoppage but the doctor lets the action continue.
  • Removed reduction of visual swelling after fighters are treated by cutmen, such as when going into a new round or the official decision.
    • For instance, eyes should now remain swollen shut when going into the Bruce Buffer announcement of a doctor stoppage TKO.
GRAPPLING
  • Significantly increased the range and speed of double legs and single legs.
    • These takedowns, especially the double legs, felt like they didn’t grab the opponent from far enough. They also had several “dead frames” at their beginning, which we could shave off to make them feel much smoother and more responsive. It should now be much more viable to shoot on opponents before they walk away, as well as timing your shots against incoming strikes or after the opponent misses.
  • Allowed the single leg to morph into the low single leg when the opponent walks out of range.
    • This change should further help with the issue of takedown range.
  • Fixed an issue that made double legs often miss when used from combos.
    • They would almost always miss even from close range. Now their behavior in combos should match that of when used as a single action.
  • Increased the short-term stamina cost of muscle-modified transitions by 50%.
    • We had halved the cost in the December patch. It was a change that helped with the problem of some positions in the ground game being too easy to hold. However, the cost reduction went too far, and escaping from positions such as side control is reportedly too easy, now. So, we’re bringing the cost to a value in between the launch and the December patch costs. These are the multipliers that apply to the short-term stamina cost of the transitions. Please note that there is still a long-term stamina cost multiplier on top of these, which we haven’t changed.
      • Launch Value = x 5
      • December Patch Value = x 2.5
      • New value = x 3.25
  • Allowed Single Under Escapes to interrupt the dominant fighter’s elbows.
    • It was possible to throw the elbows continuously and guarantee that one would land “for free” when the opponent escaped, regardless of how they timed the escape.
  • Made the AI’s ground-and-pound strike selection more unpredictable.
    • It should now mix hooks and straights more equally and use elbows more rarely. Furthermore, elbows can now be used as the first or second strike in the combos, although rarely.
  • Lowered the chances of the AI posturing up from full guard and half guard.
    • The AI was attempting these postures too frequently, making the posture attempts predictable and easy to deny, as well as making the ground and pound from these riskier positions easy to reverse. It should now be relatively more likely to pursue ground and pound from more dominant and stable positions.
MISC. ADDITIONS AND UPDATES
  • Added Aljamain Sterling to Featherweight
  • Career Mode Longevity Attribute decay will now be affected by the chosen Fighter Style and the overall impact has been reduced.
  • Career Mode Fitness has been increased to allow users to get to Peak Fitness faster.
  • Enabled vanity preview within the Punch Card when accessed from the main menu option
  • Updated walkout commentary for over 30 fighters
  • New vanity rewards added

In addition to the Real Impact System, advanced visuals and enriched gameplay with the Frostbite Engine, UFC 5 also includes:

  • Cinematic K.O. Replay: Cinematic K.O. replays showcase fight-ending finishes with intensified visuals and enhanced excitement. Presented in super slow motion with cinematic angles and lighting, the impact of fight-ending shots represents highlight reel moments recapturing the drama of a UFC fight.
  • Doctor’s Checks and Stoppages: Suffering a notable injury prompts the referee to pause the fight for a ringside doctor's inspection. Failure to adapt and protect the injury from further damage can lead to a doctor's stoppage, which introduces true-to-sport strategic variables for players to navigate under heightened pressure.
  • New Strikes and Hit Reactions: New Strike animations emulate heavy hitters, professional kickboxers and more - coupled with new motion variations for ground and pound elbows, spinning attacks, body punches and calf kicks. Plus, the Hit Reaction animations and physics during a frenetic fight can initiate clean connection impacts - moments players can feel with next-level immersion during gameplay.
  • Seamless Submissions: Revamped Seamless Submissions extend the existing grappling system with faster animation transitions and the removal of mini games. Grapple Assist aids beginners, while veterans can explore deeper layers. Seamless submissions provide a smoother, authentic ground game for grappling enthusiasts.
  • Fight Week and Alter Egos: UFC 5's launch includes a revamped live service with features like Fight Week and Fight Picks tied to real-world UFC events. Alter Egos are all new versions of top fighters which capture authentic career-defining moments and provide alternative looks and associated abilities.

These are just a few of the many features in UFC 5.

EA Sports UFC 5 is available for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.


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