EA Sports has got mixed news for fans of their basketball series. First came the bad news that NBA Elite 11 is facing an indefinite delay, but then the mood turned brighter when it was announced that NBA Jam would be getting a full separate release on the PS3 and Xbox 360. You may remember it was originally only to be available via the use of a download code bundled with NBA Elite 11.
The news broke on EA Sports President, Peter Moore’s blog. In his post Moore said:
“We are creating a game that will introduce several breakthrough features that have been missing from the basketball genre. 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.”
He went on to say:
“NBA ELITE had the benefit of play-testing, a demo and a lot of our own research. All that feedback revealed some concerns about gameplay polish, so we’ve listened to your feedback, and made a judgment that the game would benefit from more time in development.”
Not great news, but no one wants a product where the quality isn’t up to scratch, and fans of EA’s basketball games will be buoyed by the news that NBA Live 10 (the current version) will be supported throughout the remainder of the 2010/11 season so players will get:
“A new roster update so you get all the players for the new season, free of charge. We will also provide free Dynamic DNA updates, daily, for the entire season. That’s a full season of basketball with new rosters and updates, free.”
Moore continued to sweeten the bad news by announcing they’re going to ship old skool favourite NBA Jam in time for the holidays (which according to Google’s de-americaniser means before Christmas). Well, thank boomshakalaka for that! There’s no word yet whether NBA Jam will be released on the PSN/XBLA or if you’ll have to get a copy from downtown.
Source: Peter Moore