‘Fight Night Champion’ Demo Launches February 1st [Update]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:32 pm,

Fight Night Champion Demo EA Sports

Boxing fans eager to get their hands on the next installment in EA SportsFight Night franchise won’t have to wait much longer. A demo of Fight Night Champions will make its way to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 1, 2011.

Out of the 54 licensed fighters that will be included in the full game, the demo of Fight Night Champion will allow wannabe pugilists to take control of Muhammad Ali, Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao, and Mike Tyson in the “Fight Now” mode. The fights will only last three rounds, but that should be enough to get a good sense of whether the new bloody graphics and stamina control scheme appeal to you.

EA Sports is also including online play in the demo, so you can test your skills against your friends (or enemies). Online access is set to last a week, but may go two according to Gameplay Producer, Brian Hayes. [Update: See below]

Somewhat disappointing is that the new “Champion Mode” featuring Andre Bishop will apparently not be a playable feature in the demo. EA Sports has been releasing dramatic vignettes featuring Bishop over the last couple of months, and it would have been nice to actually check out this new addition firsthand. You can get a taste of what the Champion mode may be like in the following videos where Andre Bishop discusses boxing, the significance of championship belts, and the business side of the sport:

With the full release arriving on the scene a month after the demo, EA Sports is providing gamers with plenty of time to offer constructive feedback on the new additions to the series. What features are you most looking forward to in Fight Night Champion?

UPDATE: EA Sports has just released a new trailer further promoting the demo for Fight Night Champions. The trailer confirms that the online versus mode will last two weeks as suggested by Brian Hayes and that the game will have six-controller configurations. Catch Ali vs Tyson and Pacquiao v. Cotto in action:

Fight Night Champion enters the ring on March 1, 2011, for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Sources: Pastapadre; Brian Hayes’ Twitter

TAGS: EA Sports, Fight Night Champion, PS3

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  1. Getting a taste for Champion Mode would have excited more gamers than just some exhibition matches. Oh well.

  2. darn wanted to see champion mode in action too. that’s the only thing missing from the fight night series… let’s hope they keep it in future fight nights…

  3. i saw the youtube video for fight night champion, and the first thing i was concerned was of the controller configuration. and the comments left below the videos i agreed with 100%. bring back button configuration, im a button masher and im proud to say it, why do the buttons benefit, let me tell you: 1. you wont get calis on your thumbs 2. you wont get carpel tunnel on your hands 3. your joy stick will still be in tact and functional instead of malfunctioning. thats some of the reasons why i prefer the buttons. in fight night round 4 i was upset that the punch control was only with the analog, it made no sense and by the time you circle the analog the other boxer punched you stunned you and knocked you out. i like my boxer to be quick and effective towards his opponent and button configuration offers that. they made it clear that they were bringing the button configuration back, i hope theyre telling the truth and not hype because if not many people will be dissapointed and it will kill the sequel of fight night.

  4. This game has buttons check out the vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSbR9QudxtQ

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