The people over at 2K Sports are somewhere having one of the biggest parties of there lives right now. For the first time ever NBA 2K11 will be the only basketball simulation available this Fall because EA has delayed NBA Elite 11 until 2011. NBA Elite 11 was suppose to come out next week so you know the game was extremely close to competition if not gold already. Perhaps they viewed the article by Koalition editor Joekilla days prior to this announcement in which he recommended that the series be delayed. “NBA Elite 11 Makes NBA Live 10 Look Like An Elite NBA Experience.”
I guess Michael Jordan being on the cover of 2K11 along with Elite 11 Jesus demos proved to be too much to overcome for EA’s marketing team. Not only that, but EA has now decided to release the full version of NBA Jam on both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 before the year is over. Here is the official statement from EA’s Peter Moore.
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.
You know I gotta ask you all how you feel about this news. Did NBA Elite 11 ever have a chance? And now that NBA Jam is coming to all consoles are you copping? Will 2K11 go down as the best basketball game of all time?…. So many questions are running though my head. Let me know what’s good in the comments section below.
source: EA Blog