EA basketball sim benched for 2011

Publisher says it will return with a new pro hoops game in fall 2012; NBA Jam: On Fire Edition due for XBL, PSN in October.

EA Sports had grand plans for its annualized basketball franchise in 2010, announcing that it would be rebooting its hoops sim under the moniker NBA Elite. However, shortly before the game's target launch of October 2010, the publisher first delayed and then outright canceled NBA Elite 11, a move that cost EA an estimated $60 million and amplified sales of its 2K Sports-published competitor.

The year may have changed, but the Celtics and Lakers are still dominant.

Fans of EA Sports hoops sim can now take heart: the publisher will be returning to the franchise, if not as soon as may have been expected. Today, EA said that it will be releasing a new installment in its sim NBA series in fall 2012.

Notably, the publisher did not refer to its sim basketball series by its rebranded Elite name, nor did it offer any details on what gamers can expect from the title. EA did say that the game is in development at its Tiburon Studio, makers of the Madden NFL series. The studio change was first revealed after the publisher made substantive cuts at its EA Canada studio, which had been developing NBA Elite 11.

EA Sports won't be skipping the 2011 basketball season, however. The publisher also announced today that it would be following up last year's NBA Jam reboot with a new installment in the arcade-basketball series. NBA Jam: On Fire Edition is expected to be available through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network this October.

NBA Jam: On Fire Edition will feature a number of tweaks over the 2010 installment in the series, which received a positive, if not glowing, critical reception. The publisher has incorporated its Fight Night artificial-intelligence system into the game, which is designed to learn from a player's proclivities. New modes include the Jam Arena, which offers online competition for a solo player or teams, and a cooperative campaign called Road Trip.

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bababoss
bababoss

one of the best sports game ever konatabababoss@yahoo.com

maaly81
maaly81

the problem is EA does not want competition in any genre, that why in sports they pretty much have soccer, NFL, and hockey locked up. They never seemed to care how their basketball games played after like 1997, which gave way to 2k in 2000. At least they realized their mistake in puttingout a sub par product. I love 2k, but welcome any type of innovation in basketball. Not too sure EA will make it though....

blackace
blackace

@awheaten As bad as I hate EA, they do need to comeback w/ a new installment in the series for 2k's sake. Competition breads quality. We don't want 2k falling off. The threat of EA making a comeback will keep 2k on their toes. ***************************************************************** Yes, exactly. This is why Madden has been the same game for the past 4 years. The last really good Madden games was the 2008 version. From 2009 on, it's been pretty much the same game. Last one I got was 2010.

blackace
blackace

@DenverNick NBA Live 2010 was released on Oct 6, 2009. I think you are the one who is confused. The reason EA and 2K Sports title it for the next year is because the the season ends in that year. Plus most of the season is . The NBA officially deems it the 2010 season, just like the current season is the 2011 season. [url]http://www.gamespot.com/search.html?qs=NBA+Live+2010&om_act=convert&om_clk=search[/url] Know your facts before you come on her bashing others. It's embarrassing.

TheBlackEclipse
TheBlackEclipse

Jeremiah06 Whatever dude. I'm not going to argue with you anymore about this. Arguments over the net are pointless, and they're just annoying to everybody else who isn't involved. For that reason I won't be responding to any more of these comments, since we'd just go on forever and it would be a waste of time. Also, what's with all the ellipses? Did you take 30 minute breaks after each sentence you typed or something? I guess it's just one of those things that gets on my nerves.

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@TheBlackEclipse ... You specifically said this isn't news because EA makes basketball simulations every year... Then you use that logic to state that even though you don't know much about their games you could guess they'd make a new basketball sim next year... Well that's incorrect... They haven't made a basketball simulation since 2009... So... I'm telling you you'd have that information if you read this article... It's news(that a new game is coming next year) because they've been on a 2 year hiatus...

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@DenverNick Wow how smart you must be... I said they made a game in the year 2009... skipped the year 2010 and now 2011... You fail at trying to correct me...

daking475
daking475

@DoomRider13 That's why I said it's only good for highlights. The only good thing about hockey is the fights and when they slam into each other.

DoomRider13
DoomRider13

@daking475 I don't where you're from, but for saying that hockey is only good for highlight you must be either very weak or retarded! Hockey is one of the best sport in the world! I play basketball, soccer, football and hockey, and I can say hockey is a damn fun crazy violent sport! I've seen a lot of arrogant players being hit in the face and in the process having a broken nose! Belive me they never trash talk after that fight, having a broken nose to remind them what happen when you open to much your mouth!

oneligas
oneligas

call me crazy but i preferred LIVE over 2k and as a long time CAVS fan i can never buy anything JORDAN, maybe next year i'ii try the 2k series again

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

@DenverNick Yeah, I will get to the gym and work on my shot when the denver dingle-nuggets win a title. Just another 2K jockstrap hanger I see. The problems I listed with the game are legit and haven't been addressed this entire generation. Online play BLOWS, and the ridiculous amount of shots missed at the rim have been documented by just about EVERY review written about their game. Do your homework clown. I own and like 2K11, but it still has it's problems. MAN UP and acknowledge them. It isn't perfect. As sports games go, MLB The Show is by far the best sports title on the market. But, even that game has it's problems. All of you 2K fanboy's need to find a hobby, and stop trolling for Live articles to bash.

DenverNick
DenverNick

@jeremiah06 Uh, what are you talking about they did not make a 2010 version, it's call NBA Live 2010, you may remember it, it is the one with Dwight Howard on the cover. Not sure why you would want to come on here and talk trash to someone when you yourself don't even know what you are talking about.... And don't give me this, 'it was released in 2009' crap, it was released at the end of the year and is the 2010 version of the game. I know that it can get confusing.

DenverNick
DenverNick

@ZedX-14Pilot Man, sounds like you need to get off the couch and into the gym to work on that shooting touch. Shouldn't be missing so many layups and dunks. While you are at it, you should work on your crossover as well!

lilboicookie
lilboicookie

lmao good joke EA good sports game thats just amazing i almost cried laughing

TheBlackEclipse
TheBlackEclipse

@jeremiah06 Don't lecture me about not reading, you're obviously not reading my comments before you respond, since I never said anything about them releasing a game this year dude. I said that it is obvious that they're releasing a game next ye- You know what? Never mind. I take my comments back. Geez... If I knew that people would begin insulting my intelligence because of a comment about how I knew this was coming, I wouldn't have said anything.

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

Another year, I was a fan of live :( I am enjoying 2K11 though :)

YouVandal3
YouVandal3

2K is looking pretty dominant.... glad theres competition out there now! if only theyd get some for football... i cant play madden anymore : /

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

things happen, it does not if is arcade or sim, i think sim is too much to handle some times when 2k is "serious", when madden "cause 2k to 'die'..", please. who knows. stops this beef, it is just like the whole activision/call of duty mess because they (activision) blame EA for that, biz wars makes biz news even in video games!

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

I don't play sports games in the first place, but they're skipping two years in a row? Also, imagine if they had competition in the NFL market, they'd get dominated by 2K.

laplace985
laplace985

I guess they couldn't buy out the rights to the NBA. I know they tried lol.

thorughfire
thorughfire

IMO - They cancled it because the last NBA Live games got below average/average reviews (06 was 6.6 of 48 reviews, 07 was 6.1 from 32 reviews, 08 was 7.3 from 38 reviews, 09 was 7.7 from 27 reviews, 10 was 8.1 from 34 reviews) and all games featured their own batch of problems. It was a wise move to cancel '11 because it would no doubt have gotten similar reviews to the previous games. I aplaude EA sports for making such a move and I do hope that with all the work they put into it that they will come out with a great game for '12.

DJ_Magneto
DJ_Magneto

You gotta give EA credit for making a decision like this that will no doubt garner huge criticism, in order to put the necessary time and effort into developing a solid game. Hopefully it pays off.

Lexxurious
Lexxurious

Who else thinks EA should dead the NBA Live franchise. They have Madden NFL and countless other games that bring in profits. Why tarnish your name with unneeded garbage.

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

EA has blown up this franchise, and I think it might be too late for them to recover. Why EA, WHY after the success of Live 10, did you think that COMPLETELY revamping the series a good idea? That was one of the dumbest moves I have ever seen. I personally felt Live 10 had finally made some headway on the 2K series, and you monkeys blew it up with that travesty 'elite'. And, not so fast 2K apologists. 2K is not without it's MAJOR problems. WAY too many missed layups, dunks, and shots at the rim, Online play is some of the worst in sports. So let's ease up on the Live series for once.

lordofallpies
lordofallpies

This shows that EA are putting time and effort into this next installment

awheaten
awheaten

As bad as I hate EA, they do need to comeback w/ a new installment in the series for 2k's sake. Competition breads quality. We don't want 2k falling off. The threat of EA making a comeback will keep 2k on their toes.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Somebody mentioned NBA Street, and maybe that non-sim artistic style is a direction EA should go. For example, I would buy another iteration of Mutant League Football. Slightly different than what I am talking about with the "Street" franchise (or than Madden), but maybe we need "different"

Frost259
Frost259

After 2k11 I don't think any medicore crap from EA will matter anymore. Normally I hate Basketball sims but 2k11 was outstanding.

IntenseJohn
IntenseJohn

2K has owned EA in the basketball category.

Crashbox45
Crashbox45

Good. It will give them more time to plan out their overall strategy for basketball going forward. I applaud EA for this. I hope they can shell out a better game next year. If not, then you can kiss the NBA franchise goodbye.

hunter8man
hunter8man

Since the dreamcast days, the NBA 2K series has been better than any bball game from EA. Hell, I still pop in NBA 2k1 from time to time.

JordanizPro
JordanizPro

Watch this one fail too.It will be a cold day in hell before EA makes a better basketball game than 2K

bottomdollar
bottomdollar

Guess I will wait to On Fire Edition to pick up Jam. Haven't played a basketball game in a LONG time and just picked up NBA 2K11, it is a really good bball game.

lilflex1
lilflex1

nba jams worth no more than $20-$30 tops

parhar67
parhar67

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yonaswii08
yonaswii08

2k sports > Ea sports.. Every year come one why even bother with the NBA franchise ea? you never was better than 2k ever sense ps2..

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

@TheBlackEclipse lol wow... If you COULD read you'd realize this article is specifically about how EA is NOT making a Basketball simulation this year... EA made a one is 2009 but skipped 2010 and is skipping 2011 also... Which is what the article says... Something you'd know if you took the time to read it in lieu of just commenting blindly...

beefalo
beefalo

nba 2k11 is awesome, but without a competitor this year 2k may get lazy....i kind of wished EA had announced the game for this fall then delayed till next year at the last second again so that 2k would think it had to compete either way unless 2k12 blows me away ill stick with 2k11 until 2k13(or later...i went from 2k7 directly to 2k11)

CTR360
CTR360

i like nba live 2010 but 2k11 the best sport game this gen easily

Gen007
Gen007

This would be happening to Madden as well if they didnt have that exclusivity deal. If a dam shame if you ask me. 2K was really on to something great with NFL 2k5 and if it had been allowed to flourish we would be getting what would probably be the greatest sports series ever.

illmatic87
illmatic87

wasnt elite due out late last year, shelved to this year? so it's shelved again? If anything Basketball fans will only have one traditional NBA game to pick up on sleves and they may never go back... All the best either way to the studio working on it.

djwood84
djwood84

EA Sports: If you can't beat 'em... give up?

BuiltForSin
BuiltForSin

@cornerback I'd have to agree with you on that, someone is going to have to step up to the plate to keep the 2k series honest.

xGlenn11x
xGlenn11x

People forget that EA was always more of an arcade style game compared to 2K, though when EA used to make great games, there was always tons to like about both titles. I used to love EA as much as 2K, though I will always prefer 2K for sim sports. Also, I think this delay is in anticipation of the NBA possibly having a lockout. People don't realize that Fall 2012 means they would be releasing NBA Elite 13 (Or whatever they will name it.) That is not talking about a game this fall you guys.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I didn't know that 2K11 had kicked Ea's butts that much, other than the fact they they canceled their 2011 game over it. Must suck when you have actual competition.............

cornerback3
cornerback3

People seem to want basketball sims to be left to 2K. While the 2K's ones are better, it is never good to have a company have a monopoly one one type of game like that. Look at Madden for example. It has hardly been improved because there is no competition to it. If there was no competition to 2K Basketball games, unimproved releases would result.

litttlejohn
litttlejohn

@downloadthefile, what are you talking about? they had tons of new madden ideas, they just all were terrible, big difference. then again saying they were amazing in 2004 lets us all in on the little joke you just told, kudos.