Gamers and MMA fans can start getting excited now that THQ has released a few details about the new installment of its popular video game series "UFC Undisputed."
"UFC Undisputed 3" will let players fight for the first time in PRIDE mode, complete with a ring rather than a cage, and announcers Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros.
Here's what the press release says, including some fancy words about the new game features and PRIDE mode:
"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."
But, wait, there's more, including the addition of fighters in the featherweight and bantamweight divisions.
"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. They will enter into battle with an unparalleled choice of more than 150 playable UFC fighters, including talent from the newly added featherweight and bantamweight divisions. Rounding out the virtual UFC experience with a significantly revamped online experience, as well as a variety of new and returning gameplay modes, UFC Undisputed 3 lets players have their fights – their way – to deliver the most intense, competitive and engaging experience to date for the franchise"
Again, fancy words. If you think thems' fightin' words, then save your Christmas, Hanukkah and/or Kwanzaa money for the game's release in January 2012. Below is a trailer for the game (and that trailer includes Quinton "Rampage" Jackson wearing Apollo Creed shorts.)