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. 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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  2. 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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