EA Sports UFC 4 was announced for Xbox One and PS4, but what about next-gen consoles?
When EA Sports UFC 4 was officially revealed, it was only announced for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The latest installment in the mixed martial arts franchise is set to release in August but with next-gen consoles on the horizon, does EA have any plans to bring the game to PS5 and Xbox Series X?
According to EA Sports Producer Nate McDonald, EA is “exploring potential support for PS5 and Xbox Series X.” However, it seems EA is more focused on how they can optimize it for next-gen consoles via backwards compatibility. In other words, it doesn’t sound like EA will be released a version of UFC 4 that was specifically built for PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X.
Creative Director Brian Hayes added:
“If both consoles support backwards compatibility for Gen 4 games then, presumably, fans will be able to play UFC 4 on their Gen 5 consoles.”
Admittedly, EA has been laser-focused on getting UFC 4 ready for PS4 and Xbox One that the developer hasn’t done much testing for next-gen. They hope to see UFC 4 on next-gen consoles with backwards compatibility but it doesn’t sound like a sure thing by any means. If it does end up coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X, it probably won’t be for a while.
This creates a bit of a conundrum for MMA fans who have an interest in EA Sports UFC 4 and also plan on upgrading to a PS5 or Xbox Series X at launch. Do they go out and purchase UFC 4 for current-gen systems and risk not being able to play it in a few months when the next-gen systems arrive? Do they wait to buy the game until after the holiday season once a bit of time has passed and EA has provided a bit of clarity on backward compatibility? That seems to be the safest option but I’m not sure it’s one that EA wants to hear.
For what it’s worth, EA has been pretty good about next-gen upgrades with its games. Both Madden 21 and FIFA 21 will support Dual Entitlement, a program that lets you buy a copy of the game on PS4 or Xbox One and then upgrade to PS5 or Xbox Series X at no extra cost. The difference here is that EA has already announced next-gen support for these games whereas it seems up in the air for UFC 4.
As an MMA fan, I’m getting UFC 4 at launch. Even if I only get a few months of guaranteed joy with it before I upgrade consoles, it seems like it will have been worth it as a fan of the sport. Maybe the best option is the keep your older consoles to play UFC 4 alongside your new ones until EA makes a decision regarding backward compatibility.
EA Sports UFC 4 is slated for release on August 14 for PS4 and Xbox One.