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March 1st, 2011.
That is the date that the highly successful EA Sports Fight Night franchise received its final entry.
The development team at EA Sports behind the award-winning boxing series chose to go a different route, dedicating its Fight Night team towards the development of the EA UFC franchise. Ever since EA chose to focus on Mixed Martial Arts, the gaming world has been in a dark age when it comes to a real boxing video game.
This is not due to a lack of interest from consumers, as many deprived gamers and combat fans alike have voiced their opinions on gaming forums all throughout the internet. The main issue seems to be that many of the notable gaming companies have either ignored the masses, or they do not understand how lucrative a new boxing game could be for their respective brands.
The sport of boxing, that many once considered a dying sport, has been experiencing an age of revitalization over the last few years. Al Haymon and Premier Boxing Championships led the way, bringing big fights back to cable television, Eddie Hearn introduced an innovative new streaming service with DAZN, and even Bob Arum's Top Rank has hosted Pay-Per-View worthy bouts via ESPN.
Other than boxing being promoted better than it has been since the 80s, we also have big superstars in Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, and Deontay Wilder leading a reinvigorated heavyweight division. We have Canelo Alvarez leading a
middleweight division stacked full of killers. The historically tough welterweight division is arguably at its best since the days of the Four Kings, and we have an up-and-coming lightweight division with so many prospective stars that it is on pace to eventually become the sports premier weight class.
Despite the fact that boxing has entered a veritable Golden Age, it has been 3,506 days since fans of pugilism and the video gaming community have been able to step into the squared circle virtually.
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Well, it seems as if this dark age will finally come to an end.
Esports Boxing Club
Boxing fans and sports gamers rejoice, as it seems our prayers have finally been answered. Steel City Interactive will be the shepherd to lead us to the promise land.
With an affiliation with the newly recognized major sporting brand eSports, Steel City is promising a new era in terms of boxing video games. They employed Ten24 for state-of-the-art motion capturing, which is promised to create the most realistic boxing experience of all time.
This ambitious project also offers an immense roster. Including many of the sport's current stars, such as Josh Taylor, Joe Joyce and Anthony Yarde already being confirmed. Also, the upcoming boxing sim will even include many legends of boxings past, with Joe Frazier, Arturo Gatti, and Nigel Benn being announced as playable fighters to choose from.
The game offers single player modes and the ability to create your own boxer, but the biggest draw to many is the promise of boxing becoming a part of the eSports movement.
eSports is quickly becoming a new age modern sports league. Offering new lanes for gamers to turn a hobby into a lucrative career. With this affiliation I feel it is almost a given that we will be gifted with the greatest boxing simulator we have ever seen. And I, along with millions of boxing fans and hardcore gamers will be eternally grateful.
eSports Boxing Club will be available on PC for early access in December, and is projecting a Q1 2021 release date for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and it has also promised a later date for next gen consoles.
Finally we will have a real, competitive boxing simulation for you to pursue your pugilistic dreams. When that time comes, you can catch me in the virtual squared circle.