UFC 5: Release Date, Latest News & Leaks

Have you been craving a next-generation installment of the UFC games? Well, don't worry because UFC 5 is being developed by EA Vancouver. We're here to breakdown everything you need to know on this upcoming game and more.

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EA Vancouver is developing UFC 5 for next-generation consoles. | @ EA Canada

Prepare yourselves; Electronic Arts is developing the 5th UFC Game. There isn’t much known about this upcoming installment into the UFC franchise. Despite that, we’ve learned that EA Vancouver has stopped development on Fight Night to create UFC 5.

Tom Henderson has provided a large percentage of the updates we’ve received on UFC 5. Therefore, information regarding this upcoming MMA Simulator has largely been speculative. For instance, inside sources have suggested that the grappling mechanics are being improved. It’s also been stated that additional game modes are being developed for the multiplayer experience. Unfortunately, none of this information is confirmed by Electronic Arts.

The next-generation version of UFC should maintain an assortment of improvements; Otherwise, this franchise could financially suffer as the consumer loses interest. We believe that for EA Vancouver to succeed in their development of UFC 5, these gameplay mechanics and features must be remodeled:

  • Grappling mechanics
  • Striking & stamina balancing
  • Improved commentary & career immersion

We will discuss these improvements as EA Vancouver shows them. For now, we haven’t got any official gameplay footage to show you. But be patient, as we’re promised an incredible UFC Game for next-generation consoles like the PlayStation 5.

Is UFC 5 Coming Out In 2023?

Tom Henderson has stated that internal reports made by EA Canada confirmed that UFC 5 is being developed. This internal report mentioned development on Fight Night was suspended and that several leading members from the EA Canada Leadership Team had been sent to Vancouver for the migration of UFC 5.

Claims made by Tom Henderson didn’t end there, as this notable leaker mentioned that UFC 5 will release by Q3 2023. His statements haven’t been confirmed by Electronic Arts, meaning that this launch date is speculative and should be taken with a grain of salt.

Game Setting, Story, And Everything We Know About UFC 5

Details regarding the internal development of UFC 5 have been scarce. Despite that, we’ve learned of various fighters and locations that will be included in this upcoming game. For instance, UFC Las Vegas & UFC Fight Island will be developed into the 5th installment of this franchise. An assortment of well-known fighters like Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will also be included in this MMA simulator. You’ll also be capable of playing as these champion-winning fighters:

  • Jon Jones
  • Max Holloway
  • Amanda Nunes
  • Kamaru Usman
  • Israel Adesanya
  • Alexander Volkanovski
  • Valentina Schevchenko
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov

You can expect EA Vancouver to include a multitude of additional fighters. But remember, you’ll also have the opportunity to develop your character in the career mode. This character can become more vital than championship-winning fighters like Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, this requires significant patience and talent from players. The UFC franchise has continually focused on realistic combat; typically, mastering this combat isn’t easy.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor will fight against in UFC 5 | @ EA Canada

You’ll practice these combat techniques across an assortment of different locations. We expect that the following areas will return in UFC 5. Our opinions are speculative and shouldn’t be taken as fact. Despite that, here are our venue expectations for UFC 5.

  • TD Garden – Boston
  • UFC Apex – Las Vegas
  • Pearl Theater – Las Vegas
  • State Farm Arena – Atlanta
  • UFC Fight Island – Yas Island
  • MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas
  • Madison Square Garden – New York City

Could you imagine Max Holloway and Israel Adesanya fighting against each other at Madison Square Garden in NYC? We can, as it’ll be an incredible experience to bewilder on UFC 5 from EA Vancouver.

Is UFC 5 Coming To Xbox Series X/S And PC?

When looking at previous launches made within the EA UFC Franchise, cross-platform releases have been the norm. This means the Xbox Series X/S and PC should be supported when this game launches in Q3/Q4 2023. However, EA Canada has not provided details regarding the availability of UFC 5. There’s a possibility that this MMA simulator could launch under a timed exclusivity contract with Xbox or PlayStation.

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Conor McGregor will battle Jose Aldo for a second time in UFC 5 | @ EA Canada

We doubt that UFC 5 will launch under a timed exclusivity contract. Instead, we expect this game will launch on every next-generation platform. This means the PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, and Steam Deck.

Is UFC 5 Part Of Xbox Game Pass?

Electronic Arts launched UFC 4 onto the Xbox Game Pass. As such, one would reason that the 5th installment of this franchise would release onto the Xbox Game Pass. However, this game shouldn’t be available for free download until after it’s launched for purchase.

Dedicated players will be required to purchase this game for day-one accessibility.

Game Trailer

As mentioned throughout our examination of UFC 5, EA Vancouver hasn’t shown any gameplay footage of their upcoming simulator. As such, EarlyGame cannot provide you with an announcement trailer. We’ll update you when Electronic Arts releases an official trailer.

Until then, we hope you’ve enjoyed our initial look at UFC 5. You can expect more information on this upcoming game as it’s announced. Make sure to check back regularly, and thank you for reading. Here’s the trailer for UFC 4.