Martial arts legend and blockbuster movie star Bruce Lee has been revealed as the premiere mystery fighter in the upcoming UFC game by EA today.
Despite the surprise being spoiled slightly on Twitter earlier, EA uploaded this YouTube video for the big reveal which follows weeks of teaser photos and questions and while many speculated it was Lee, there was still some thinking it could be Mike Tyson or Oscar de la Hoya.
The video announcement of Lee as the mystery fighter also came with the news that players will be able to use his character across four weight classes - Lightweight, Featherweight, Bantamweight and Flyweight which leaves a mass of 'super fights' to be acted out.
Lee will be available in two different ways. The easier way is to pre-order the game and get him as a DLC bonus or to complete the story mode on pro or higher difficulty.
His fighting style hasn't been announced yet but it's likely to be heavily focused on his self-founded Jeet Kune Do style of karate.
As for the game, it is due to be released on the 17th of June in America and the 20th worldwide.
It will include over 100 fighters (not including downloadable characters) and EA is hoping that it will serve as successor to the Fight Night series of boxing games. The contract they have with the UFC serves for a potential 'multi-year, multi-game' deal.
The game has been in development for a couple of years and gamers and fight fans alike got to see the first images of the game at the Xbox One reveal, but it's the reveal of Lee that has increased the buzz around the game.
UFC President Dana White has always been a huge admirer of Lee saying in a 2004 interview with Fight Times that "The father of mixed martial arts, if you will, was Bruce Lee. If you look at the way Bruce Lee trained, the way he fought, and many of the things he wrote, he said the perfect style was no style (Jeet Kune Do)".
Lee does not star on the cover though. That privilege goes to Light Heavyweight Champion, Jon 'Bones' Jones and the number one contender for his title, Alexander 'The Mauler' Gustafsson.
While not on the same level as the MMA megastar names of Anderson Silva or Georges St-Pierre the two serve as the prospective future of the UFC with their initial match last year being heralded as one of the greatest of all time, and exposure here won't hurt their chances of succeeding Brock Lesnar as a household MMA name.
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