EA has gotten fight fans are very excited, with eSports Boxing Club recently releasing Alpha gameplay footage.
Read on to find out all the latest news on ESBC.
Latest - Heavyweight Greats Added To The Roster
Sheffield’s Steel City Interactive has brought Muhammad Ali back into the ring as a fully playable character in its Esports Boxing Club.
It’s been possible through a new partnership with Authentic Brands Group (ABG), which in partnership with Lonnie Ali as trustee of the Muhammad Ali Family Trust (MAFT), owns Muhammad Ali Enterprises.
Esports Boxing Club features “a deep character experience” with a roster of 100 licensed boxers including Joe Frazier and Sugar Ray Robinson.
eSports Boxing Club Release Date
There is no release date yet for eSports Boxing Club.
It is believed Early Access will arrive from Summer 2021 - starting with PC.
The official eSports Boxing Club website states:
"Our aim is to launch within the coming months.
"The game will be launched into Early Access via Steam.
"The official launch date has not been finalised however we are balancing the community’s desire for a boxing game with making sure that we deliver the best possible experience."
Steel City February 2021, Steel City have revealed monthly development updates, keeping fans up to date with the latest developments, so there's always a chance we could hear the release date each month!
ESBC will release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
The initial teaser trailer for eSports Boxing Club arrived on 23 June 2020, starring boxing legend Johnny Nelson.
Another trailer will be revealed ahead of launch.
This is where things get really exciting, with 100 licensed boxers confirmed for eSports Boxing Club already.
Here's just a handful of the names coming to the game:
- Sugar Ray Robinson
- Joe Frazier
- Rocky Marciano
- Joe Louis
- Roy Jones Jr
- Oleksandr Usyk
- Terence Crawford
- Amir Khan
- Alexander Povetkin
- Frank Bruno
- Ricky Hatton
- Eddie Hall (former World's Strongest Man)
- Joe Joyce
- George Groves
- Johnny Nelson
- Josh Warrington
- Anthony Crolla
14 female boxers have been revealed so far, they are:
- Claressa Shields
- Seniesa Estrada
- Cris Cyborg
- Jessica McCaskill
- Alicia Napoleon
- Franchon Crews-Dezurn
- Chantelle Cameron
- Heather Hardy
- Terri Harper
- Natasha Jonas
- Ebanie Bridges
- Sophie Alisch
- Shannon Courtenay
- Jelena Mrdjenovich
Steel City have said they are "constantly increasing" their roster and a "number of legends" will be announced up to launch.
Plus as part of ESBC's Seasons model, fighters will be continually added to the game after release - but this looks to be part of paid DLC.
The game also features seven championship titles, including those under the governing bodies of WBC, IBF and BBBofC (British Boxing Board of Control).
Plus, in a first for gaming - you can become the eWBC champion with a physical belt presented byy the WBC during the official ESBC Tournament.
No venues have been confirmed as of yet but Steel City Interactive say that "realistic venues from Gyms and Arenas to outdoor stages from around the world" will feature.
Perhaps we could see iconic boxing venues from the world including Madison Square Garden, York Hall, MGM Grand and Caesar's Palace.
The non-fighting roster includes various boxing coaches, promoters, presenters and cut-men.
BT's Paul Dempsey, Sky Sports frontman Johnny Nelson and Todd Grisham from DAZN will all be in the commentary booth.
Officially licensed boxing gear will also be available, allowing you to select glove, shorts and boot options, with Empire Pro Tape already confirmed.
According to the official eSports Boxing Club website, the title will feature "Next Gen Footwork" with research and input from World Champions to create the "most realistic mannerisms and movement".
We will also see high-quality human models, thanks to the scanning from Ten24.
Check out the appearnce of Eddie Hall and David Adeleye in the first look of Alpha Gameplay.
ESBC features the "most advanced feint-system" to try and throw your opponent off-guard.
There will be plenty of customisation options - mainly centred around career mode, and across the game, you'll be able to create your own fighter, judges, trainers, cut-men and promoters.
As for online multiplayer, there will be exhibition matches, ranked leaderboards as well as licensed world championships.
From what we know about career mode, you will be able to manage your fighter’s weight and injuries.
Will you rest and let any negative effects heal? Or take a high risk title-shot at short notice?
You can unlock certain moves and characteristics as your fighter matures and switch gyms to learn new move-sets.
The retirement system means it will be imperative to manage your workload to keep fighting.
Did you retire early due to the wars you’ve been in? Or have a prolonged career with smart fighting? Or will you decide to make a comeback?
There are plans from Steel City to "introduce a full story mode" as an update after release.