UFC Undisputed 3 announced, first screenshots land

Revamped control system, classic Pride Fighting set for 2012

THQ has officially announced UFC Undisputed 3 with the first details and screenshots arriving online.

The franchise is moving away from a yearly release schedule with Undisputed 3 set to arrive in 2012, leaving a two year gap between it and UFC Undisputed 2010.

THQ has used the added development time to include new features such as Pride matches (based on the old Pride Fighting Championship franchise).

Anyone who had the pleasure of seeing a Pride fight back in the day will know that it was a much more violent affair (yes, there are degrees of violence in MMA, would you believe?) during a time when rules more or less went out of the window.


There are also aims to make the gameplay more accessible with an alternate, simplified control system and a number of changes have been made to the striking and grappling systems generally.

Here's the full run-down from the official website:

Pride mode
The no-holds-barred Japanese MMA league brings with itbrutal soccer-style kicks, head stomps and ground knees to the head.

Finish the fight
Take your opponents down with punishing new moves, a brand new submission system and increased focus on presentation.

From broadcast to cage-side
Experience the intensity of UFC with new camera positions, compelling fighter entrances, improved facial animations and a gritty, high contrast appearance.

Gameplay Accessibility
Get right inside the Octagon with simplified gameplay control options, brutalizing opponents after stepping into the cage for the first time.

Extraordinary Roster
More than 150 of the most intense UFC fighters, including the addition of Featherweight and Bantamweight divisions.

Extensive online offering
A significantly revamped online experience, including both new and updated features, rounds out the best competitive fighting experience to date for the franchise.

It's currently in development for PS3 and Xbox 360.

[ SOURCE: UFC Undisputed website ]