EA has unveiled UFC 4 and confirmed that heavyweight boxing champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will appear as playable fighters in the game.
EA has previously included boxers in the UFC game series, including former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.
According to the publisher, the new UFC game will feature a new unified progression system, overhauled takedown and ground mechanics, more fluid clinch-to-strike combinations and new environments based on the origins of combat sports; The Kumite, The Backyard, UFC Apex and Action Avenue.
In gameplay, EA promises more responsive and authentic stand-up gameplay experiences, plus overhauled takedown and ground mechanics.
Meanwhile, a new submission system is designed to offer a simplified player experience, with more ways to transition into submission attempts, accelerate a finish, or deploy slams to escape them.
Fluid clinch control brings a key element of strategy to the striking system, EA said, while takedowns have been overhauled with new animations driven by player control and fighter attributes.
Additionally, an overhaul to Career Mode introduces a new way to develop fighter backstories, according to the publisher.
“UFC 4 is the most authentic MMA game ever,” said creative director Brian Hayes in a statement.
“We’ve created a visceral fighting experience that allows players to create their own UFC legacy with Create a Fighter, explore the origins of MMA through our new fighting grounds and be in full control of every strike and takedown with our overhauled core gameplay mechanics.”