THQ has just announced the first gameplay details surrounding UFC Undisputed 3. The new game will focus on toe-to-toe combat, improved visual presentation and significantly increased accessibility, including the introduction of PRIDE Mode, two new weight classes (featherweight and bantamweight divisions)and an impressive playable roster of more than 150 UFC fighters, UFC Undisputed 3 is currently in development for the PS3 and Xbox 360, with a scheduled release of January 2012. It will be quite a while before we will know if the gameplay has been significantly improved but the graphics look to have gotten quite a bump. They couldn’t have made these kind of drastic graphical improvements if they had dropped a game last year, hopefully the year off proves to be beneficial.
UFC Undisputed 3 will mark the debut of PRIDE Mode, enabling players to fight for the first time in the renowned Japanese MMA organization. The mode will include official commentators Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros, authentic environments and notorious MMA rules, including the ability to execute soccer-style kicks, head stomps and ground knees to the head. Finishing an opponent will be more important than ever through devastating new moves, responsive striking controls, refined visual presentation and the introduction of a brand new submission system. In addition, players will now enter the Octagon with a choice between traditional and simplified gameplay control options, enabling them, regardless of skill level, to experience the intensity of UFC and nuances of MMA combat while executing simple standing strikes or more complex ground and transition mechanics.
Players will also experience the excitement of a live UFC event through significant visual improvements, including the introduction of much-anticipated fighter entrances, new camera positions, improved facial animations and a gritty, high contrast appearance. Rounding out the virtual UFC experience with a significantly revamped online experience, as well as a variety of new and returning gameplay modes.