UFC 2010 Undisputed
THQ Considering Longer Dev Cycles For UFC Undisputed
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Annualised sports games and a lack of innovation are two issues that have generally plagued the games industry for quite a while now, and THQ may be looking to buck that trend by giving their UFC title much longer development cycles, to promote innovation and growth.

Speaking yesterday during THQ's Q1 2010 fiscal earnings call, CEO Brian Farrell commented on the franchise's slight dip in form from 2009 to 2010 in their first financial quarter - 2.9 million down to 2.7 million - by stating that they are considering extending the development cycles.

"We're considering a longer development cycle; 15 to 21 months between releases rather than annually," said Farrell, "We're not announcing anything; we're looking at all of our options and working with the UFC to make sure we're aligned with their plans as well."

While nothing is set in stone yet, Farrell did however confirm that there would be a UFC title next year, but whether we see it in its traditional May window remains to be seen, as the CEO wouldn't provide a release window.

It'd make a nice change to see a bit of innovation between iterations, huh?

[Via IGN]


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Comment #1 by Magespower
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 03:42:28 AM
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I believe this would be alot better so they can work on the major improvements rather then minor ones

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Comment #2 by jtr1gg3r
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 03:44:25 AM
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@1 agreed, although I dont think I could wait two years for a new FIFA tbh =P

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Comment #3 by Rewave Acid
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 03:59:02 AM
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@2 ah but once the trend got going, we could expect a FIFA that was good enough to last us the whole two years, with major graphical overhauls, and new play styles.

Also, THQ is hands down the BEST publisher out there

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Comment #4 by l.maciver
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 04:05:34 AM
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longer is better, but they would need to design it so well that its lasts longer.

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Comment #5 by layton_lrg
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 04:10:28 AM
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i would be more than happy to wait two years for a new fifa so the game was improved properly its not as if they can use the transfers and promotions/relegations as a reason to release every year because theve been able to update the squads throughtout the season they have proved it can be done

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Comment #6 by BenIsJammin138
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 04:45:44 AM
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@2 I agree. Honestly I could easily play Fifa 10 for another year because it's good enough to last another and I doubt I'll be buying Fifa 11 till well into next year when it's cheaper because there are so many games coming out at the end of this year that are simply higher on my list to buy.

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Comment #7 by Assasin13
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 05:01:23 AM
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I would like to see sports titles released every 2 years as that is what I usually do buy them every 2 years as you don't get enough improvement from year to year. Although maybe like a $20 dlc in between the 2 years that offers the new squads and a few new features to keep the game fresh and then the next year a huge update.

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Comment #8 by HorsemanOfWar16
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 05:56:31 AM
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FINALLY ... these people have understood the gaming market ar'nt complete and utter morons !!!
a) i dnt have the money to keep shelling out for pretty much the same product every year !
b) hardly any new features and improvements -
2 years or why not have 3 years to have a decent game - Great news that developers are finally starting to understand!

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Comment #9 by Dudwood Fudwood
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 06:09:19 AM
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Sounds good. I'm getting a little tired of the same game coming out each year but with slight changes to controls etc. At least they are listening to the community.

@1 You mean "than" not "then" ;)

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Comment #10 by BuckfastNI
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 08:33:55 AM
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The only thing about longer development cycles in the likes of FIFA is that it's never going to happen, end of.

The reason being is because so much changes from one season to the next and FIFA is already so outstanding that only minor changes are ever needed.

I'd be gutted if I was wrong though and personally I happily hand over my £39.99 each year for the next FIFA game. This October I actually get it for just £20 because Gamestop gave me a voucher when I bought the Xbox 360 'slim'!!!

What really changes from year to year in UFC anyway? In the likes of FIFA, NHL, NBA and NFL, there are new kits, new teams, new players, stadiums and managers etc. every year so a new game is appropriate.

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Comment #11 by DENAz666
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 08:41:50 AM
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Lets just hope they use the extra time to improve the game!

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Comment #12 by Tim 13
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 09:14:54 AM
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I'm part of the 200,000 people that bought UFC 09 but not 10. You come to a point where you say to yourself, "This is the game I bought; does it REALLY make a difference which year edition it is?" It's a UFC game. In UFC 09, you punch people in the face. In UFC 10, you punch some more people in the face. In this case, it's paying a new $60 for something I already have.

Oh, and in an attempt to dodge the flame, I don't buy into any annual franchise. The closest I could consider an annual franchise would be that I've bought Beatles and Green Day Rock Band this year. Bad, I know, but my point remains.

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Comment #13 by SupaDupaReaps
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 @ 02:11:46 PM
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if your a proper fan of football youll buy fifa every year, i cant play with the old kits and without the transfers, also a long wait doesnt mean a better game doesnt anybody remember the 3 year wait for fight night round 4, round 3 was much better.

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Comment #14 by bloodjinn420
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 06:35:14 AM
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this is good news. still, they need to give us some DLC. theres too many fighters missing. i wanted a pulver vs penn match in 09. where the hell is randy? it's stupid not to have him in the game! also, the gracies!!! where are they!?! i think dana white must have screwed things up a little bit with contracts or money issues. i want a stacked roster in the next release.

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Comment #15 by blacklabel67k
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 @ 05:01:05 PM
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You only need like a couple years to make a good game. THQ fails by rushing products out the door. THQ always sucked maybe it's time they get their ass in gear.

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Comment #16 by Duke Metal91
Monday, November 15, 2010 @ 01:23:54 PM
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this is the greatest fighting game ever created.

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