Even as UFC 4 drops new content, attention turns to the eventual EA Sports UFC 5 Release Date and the next chapter for this gaming franchise.
With the UFC 5 Release Date likely less than a year away, here's what we know so far about when this title could be due to arrive.
EA Sports UFC 5 Release Date
While nothing has been made official yet, a look at the past and where else EA Sports will have their focus next year can give us a pretty good idea of the potential UFC 5 Release Date.
Looking back at UFC 4, the title had an official release date of August 14, 2020 with a worldwide launch, but that timing could change a bit for this round.
While we can still expect a fall release window, it's worth keeping in mind that EA Sports is also likely to release Madden 23 in the middle of August, FIFA 23 in early October, and NHL 23 in the middle of October.
While they could place the UFC 5 Release Date ahead of Madden 23 and kick things off, the most likely window looks to actually be September.
As such, we're expecting the UFC 5 Release Date will be September 9, 2022, but it wouldn't be shocking to see them go with early August or a date later in the year depending on how development goes.
Official word about the game's development has been scarce, but one recent report seemed to confirm the expectation that EA Sports is aiming for a late 2022 release window.
Will there be a UFC 5 Trial or Early Access?
Due to the fact that UFC 5 is an EA Sports title, we can likely count on them using the same Early Access and Trial models that were utilized again this year with Madden 22, FIFA 22, and NHL 22.
That means we'll likely get a free 10-hour Trial exclusive to EA Play subscribers that lands 7 or 8 days prior to the UFC 5 Release Date, and players who pre order a non-standard edition are likely to get Early Access to the unrestricted game three days prior to launch.
That means, if our UFC 5 Release Date projection holds, we could see a UFC 5 Trial on September 1, 2022 and Early Access on September 6, 2022.
When will UFC 5 be available to Pre Order?
While you can't yet pre order UFC 5 and secure your copy, they should open things up as soon as the UFC 5 Cover Athlete is announced.
Generally, we reveals of the game itself and the cover athlete coincide with the title going live for pre order on various platforms as the cover art has then been finalized and unveiled.
For UFC 5, that likely means a cover reveal in either May or June of 2022, and we should also learn about potential Deluxe Edition rewards around the same time.
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