September 27, 2010

NBA Elite 11 delayed indefinitly….

Peter Moore posted on his personal blog tonight that NBA Elite 11 will be delayed and did not set a date to when the game will be released. This news just came one week before the game was to be launched. The NBA Jam token for the free download now will be it’s own stand alone game that will be out this fall on it’s own. Here is what Moore had to say in his blog,

“This year, we set extremely ambitious goals for our new franchise, NBA ELITE.  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.

In the meantime, the NBA season is just around the corner and we have a plan to keep our consumers close to the action:

-NBA JAM will launch on the Wii, as scheduled, on October 5. NBA JAM won recognition this summer as the best sports game at E3 and it’s a blast to play. In addition to the Wii version, we’re going to ship NBA JAM as a standalone product on the Xbox360 and PS3 in time for the holidays. Watch for more news soon on the exact timing of that release.

-For NBA LIVE 10 players, we will continue to offer free content and services throughout the 2010-11 season. We will start with 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.

The decision to delay NBA ELITE was hard because the game has great promise.  But ultimately we feel this is the right thing to do.  We’ve been making steady progress on basketball for the past few years and it’s going to take extra time to make the game.

Why make this decision now?  As with all of our titles, we continue to evaluate and improve the code right up until launch.  Feedback from consumers is a very important part of the process .  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.”

I have not played the demo yet but I might now just to see if this recall of the game is that important to putting out a quality product. I am really excited to now be given the oppertunity to buy NBA Jam with out having to buy Elite.

The reason I wanted to post this article knowing that most of our readers aren’t really the biggest sports fan’s is this is a bold move for any company to pull a game a week from launch to give it more time. EA is trying to justify their mismangement of time with this title with the offering of free DLC. Could this start the trend of yearly games coming after their normal street dates to make sure their games are at a certain level or will this be the straw that breaks the camels back and pushes yearly releases to every other year? What do you think about this and the way EA is handling the situation? In the mean time I am going to pop my copy of NBA Jam T.E. into my SNES and get some practice in.

2 comments

  1. thsoundman - September 28, 2010 10:04 pm

    I can remember many countless hours spent on NBA jam. To bad i’m not a NBA fan. I’ve always been curious what they would do with a 3d version of NBA jam… seems like it would be much harder to pull off awesome looking massive jumps with a 3d angle vs a 2d angle.

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  2. ZarikX - September 28, 2010 2:49 am

    I saw this earlier too and felt the same way. Pretty nuts to shelf back a game with such a huge history and fan base right before it’s release. I wonder if they’re trying to place it in the middle of the year so it won’t compete with the 2K basketball series for sales. Have something in the middle to keep basketball games fresh for people instead of 2 at the same time every year like clockwork. Nah, they wouldn’t be that considerate. Props though for getting NBA Jam later this year.

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