September 27th signified a shift in the world of NBA basketball games that has been inevitable (in some eyes) for the past few years. NBA Elite (previously NBA Live since 1995) has been delayed indefinitely by Peter Moore, President of EASports.
Unfortunately, NBA ELITE 11 is not yet ready and we have made a decision to delay next month’s launch. We are going to keep working until we’re certain we can deliver a breakthrough basketball experience.
EA Sports has put out a NBA product since their 1995 release on the Super Nintendo and Genesis and has had an athlete on the cover since Mitch Richmond was on the cover in 1997. EA has been struggling with product stability over the past few years. EA Sport’s Madden NFL franchise has seen feature cuts in Madden NFL 06 (hear my thoughts about that release), frame rate issues on the PS3 version in ’08, and now these development hiccups have sneaked their way over to their Live, now known as Elite, NBA franchise.
The announcement of the delay comes less than a week before the game’s scheduled release. This just happens to be the same day that 2K Sports’s Michael Jordan covered NBA 2K11 is releasing. Could EA Sports be feeling the pressure of the Jordan clad game? In a word, DEFINITELY. From the minority, possibly becoming the majority soon, 2K’s NBA franchise has been on EA’s heels since the early 2000’s. The only complaint I’ve heard about NBA 2K was its annoying TNT Gatorade .jpg that covered the screen after a highlight. Yes, EA has stated that rosters and their DNA feature will be updated for free for the NBA Live ’10 users that still have their disc (if you don’t have the disc then you will be charged $10 to play online via EA’s Online Pass), but who wants to play last year’s game when they have the chance of playing as Michael Jordan? Yeah, this is the same Jordan who hasn’t been playable, to my knowledge, by other than #23 for years.
Because of their past mishaps I feel somewhat relieved that EASports decided not to put out a broken game. At the same time, I do think they deserve it for previous greed. So tell me NBA fanatics, do you still think that NBA Live is FANTASTIC, or are you hoping to play the ’90s Bulls versus the behemoth known as the 2010-11 Miami Heat in 2K11? Let me know in the comments below.
Source: NBA Elite Delayed