I'll definitely be talking about this topic with more detail in the future, but it recently just jumped out at me how the big three fighting franchises are really in a state of limbo at this point.
With THQ's financial state very much on the brink, it seems even more likely that many of their assets will be sold off. Of course, they already pre-emptively sold the UFC licence to EA, but that title has yet to materialize. There have been some minor hints as to who will be on the roster, via the UFC's facebook page, but nothing about the game -- release date, final roster, features or platforms -- is clear.
It's likely that the UFC wants people to tap out the reserves of UFC Undisputed 3 as much as possible, and that the new game in question just isn't far enough along to really show. Likely, we'll see some sort of sizzle trailer by E3.
Them there's the WWE game rights, which seem ripe to be sold. With WWE 13 doing fairly well both critically and commercially, it seems kind of like a no-brainer asset to dangle in front of possible buyers.
The problem for people waiting on the next version is that this creates a great deal of uncertainty, especially from the fact that the development studio will likely be an unproven group -- or the obvious delay in release cycle that will likely take place. It seems hard to believe that a title would be ready to release in 2013 without some sort of development help from THQ's own team.
Then there's the boxing realm. The Fight Night series sold well in the FN3 and FN4 releases, but Fight Night Champion was considered a disappointment in that regard. This leaves the future of EA boxing titles in some doubt, as they haven't really committed to how, and when, it will return. They had a statement last year reaffirming their commitment to the franchise, but gave no specifics. Hopefully E3 provides us with some answers in this respect, but one has to wonder how they'll handle having two fighting franchises -- and possibly even three, if the WWE falls their way.
Do you think we'll see all three of the big fighting franchises in 2013?