Earlier today, EA SPORTS in association with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced that gamers will be able to play as MMA Hall of Famer Royce Gracie in the upcoming EA SPORTS UFC video game for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
For those living under a metaphorical rock for the past 20 years (or simply too young to know a true bad-ass when you see one), Royce Gracie is THE man. Literally. The first-ever UFC Tournament Champion, many men, including legends like Ken Shamrock & Dan Severn have fallen prey to the jujitsu master. This was back in the day when UFC wasn’t the organized & recognized sport it is now, but instead, a banned-&-barred, no-rules underground bloodsport of the past. Now, Royce joins the roster as an unlockable fighter in what has arguably become the most anticipated video game brawler of the summer.
So, how exactly do you unlock Gracie in EA SPORTS UFC? Well, you have two options you can:
a) PRE-ORDER: Gamers who decide to reserve their copy of the game at their local Gamestop or EB Games store (in the states; participating retailers worldwide listed down below) won’t have to wait to play through the game and “earn” Royce, but instead will receive a code for instant download of the character. Plus, for pre-ordering you get the bonus Bruce Lee playable fighter. ROYCE GRACIE AND BRUCE LEE??? No-brainer.
b) BEAT “CAREER MODE”: Understandably, in this economy, some gamers might not be able to drop the extra coin ahead of time of the game’s release. No problem, gamers can still earn Gracie by finishing the game on “Pro” difficulty or higher and he unlocks. It’s that simple… well, nothing is ever that simple in the sport of MMA…
Here is a list of participating retailers where you can pre-order EA SPORTS UFC & receive the unlockable Royce Gracie playable fighter at launch:
Rest of the World:
Pre-order information for international retailers coming soon