Make room, gentlemen: we’ve got some ladies in the ring, and they’re not the bikini-wearing, sign-toting kind. Publisher 505 has announced that up-and-coming title Supremacy MMA will be offering the playable talents of Michele “Diablita” Gutierrez and Felice “Lil Dog” Herrig alongside a bevy of male competitors.
“Female fighters are not represented in MMA games and face a giant glass ceiling in the fighting world,” said Ricci Rukavina, Supremacy MMA developer Kung Fu’s CEO and Creative Director. “We’re proud to be a part of raising their profile and giving these tough-as-nails fighters their due in the virtual cage.”
Both Herrig and Gutierrez are enthusiastically supportive of the title’s inclusion of female fighters. “Being one of the first women to represent MMA in a videogame is a dream come true for me,” Herrig said of her contribution to the title. “This is our chance to finally show gamers that female fighters can hold their own.”
Supremacy MMA separates itself from its competitors by offering players a much more gritty fighting experience, which allows the player to work fighters up from “back-alley tournaments, underground fight clubs, amateur arenas, and unauthorized bouts”. It also touts a claim to “No Holds Barred Combat” in MMA style, which allows for the use illegal finishing moves. With such content, it’s unsurprising that Supremacy MMA doesn’t have the license of any real-world league.
All around, the Supremacy MMA promises a much darker fighting experience from the perspective of the underdog, but with the fighting styles and ambition of more mainstream and rule-conscious gaming fare.
The game is scheduled to be released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in June 2011.