NBA Elite 11 canceled

Following delay, EA confirms that it has officially benched its annual basketball sim for the 2010-2011 season; future development handed to Tiburon.

Sports sims are tantamount to death and taxes for Electronic Arts, which releases annualized installments in both professional and collegiate athletics matchups, ranging from football to hockey to soccer. However, this year turned that comparison on its head, when EA announced the franchise reboot of its seasonal basketball sim, NBA Elite 11, would not accompany the tip-off of its real-world counterpart.

The Celtics won't get their rematch in NBA Elite 11.

Now, EA has taken an even more drastic step, announcing as part of a post-earnings conference call today that it has canceled NBA Elite 11 outright. Additional details on the cancelation were not revealed, with EA saying only that future development in the franchise would be handled by Madden NFL studio EA Tiburon. Previously, NBA Elite 11 had been in development at EA Canada, which was the target of "seasonal roll-offs" last week.

Analysts have predicted a sizable hole in EA's earnings due to NBA Elite 11's delay and now cancelation. According to Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, EA stands to lose up to $60 million due to the absence of its annual basketball sim. He went on to note that Take-Two Interactive stands to gain tremendously from EA's absence from the court this year, predicting most of those who would have picked up NBA Elite 11 will now purchase NBA 2K11.

Built around a more "hands-on control" scheme than its NBA Live predecessors, NBA Elite 11 was to emphasize player movement and skill-based shooting. For an idea of where EA is looking to take its basketball sim franchise, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of NBA Elite 11.

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SUPERSAMMOSSAUC
SUPERSAMMOSSAUC

I new proper nba game from EA Sports would be good, NBA Elite had I alot of potential but I hope there's I competitor to nba 2k.

Thuganomic05
Thuganomic05

What they meant to say was, "We've cancelled this year's release of our NBA game - because we can't compete with 2K's version..."

thep1noy8oy
thep1noy8oy

predicting most of those who would have picked up NBA Elite 11 will now purchase NBA 2K11. lol EA... I wouldn't buy Elite over 2k11 even they did released it... I've played all the 2K series since I wos in highschool and liked it over NBA Lve (Elite). Too bad NFL 2k is gone. :(

Philly04
Philly04

HAhaaa EA slap 2k in the face with the Madden license, and 2k came back with an epic backhand. The demo for elite was half assed by I like the innovative controls. I give EA developers credit for that.

koufacks
koufacks

@docwoo I believe 2k did the same to EA with the baseball franchise. There hasn't been a good baseball game on Xbox since.

derris27
derris27

I can`t belive EA cancelled this game. I thought I had a decision to make.I guess not now! Not only will people pick up 2K11 this tome instead. They will never pick up the other again.

JSpEazy
JSpEazy

I was a EA fan for the longest until Madden got repetative to me and live is changed to elite then canceled WTF EA u let me down. GOOD BYE NBA ELITE

docwoo
docwoo

Justice is served! 2K Sports officially wins the battle of the basketball sims after EA cheated them out of their NFL 2K series!

docwoo
docwoo

For a game that boasted such lofty goals like an "all new" control scheme and "skill-based" shooting, everything in the demo trailer looks an awful lot like last year's NBA Live 10. Again, not surprised it was canceled.

docwoo
docwoo

Not surprising at all. Delaying the game was the first nail in the coffin. When I saw the outstanding reviews that 2K11 was getting, I figured it was the 2nd nail. At that point it was just a matter of time before it was canceled.

prioritymail
prioritymail

Sucks for cover athlete Durant... I wonder if EA with have him on Elite 12's cover

JOKER677
JOKER677

yes cancel madden next and bring bak the 2k series

JackHoleFace00
JackHoleFace00

Wow. That sucks. All that effort and no result. Still, I think they should have just released it later. I already think they release those games too early. Release around All-Star weekend or playoffs or something, when people actually start to care about basketball.

Henninger
Henninger

I knew this would happen. Just by playing the demo of the game, & Jordan being on the cover of 2K, I knew this wuz gonna happen. RIP NBA Elite formerly NBA Live. Watch they'll flop with the 2012 version.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Like anyone will actually lose sleep over this lol.

smoke_dog_4ever
smoke_dog_4ever

Interesting... the latest OXM actually rated this game at 5.5, so I'm guessing that score really didn't do much to help put this game out on the shelf. Maybe it was the poor early reviews that caused it to be shelved.

lilflex1
lilflex1

nba 2k officially won once again and i was thinking about working with them but 60mil is alot start sucking up 2 the boss 2 keep your job

noigel
noigel

Too bad.... the controls were amazing, you could really feel being in the court... it was the first time I was willing to purchase an NBA game... I still heve the demo on my xbox360... I'm still playing it from time to time....

SpartProph
SpartProph

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Nahk
Nahk

EA's backward thinking killed this title. Instead of using facts and plan spending on the launch of this title, EA lets a bunch of marketing monkeys came up with unrealistic goals and budget. Good thing someone from finance went through some NPD #s and stopped the bleeding. They want to win against 2k so bad that it blindsided them. Funny thing is they still stood behind their choices of cover athletes. 2k has Kobe, LeBron and now MJ, anyone remember who’s on EA’s over? EA should get back to the basics and focus on what customers want and not some kind of EA’s vision of NBA that nobody cares.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

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PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

@amaan4ever, Ah dammit man, you beat me to it! lol Ironic isn't that MJ can still find ways to dominate over these young bucks in league...even in a virtual world of gaming, :P

UltimateRAGEX
UltimateRAGEX

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amaan4ever
amaan4ever

seriosly who was gonna even buy this over MJ??

XtremeHawkZ
XtremeHawkZ

YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN, BYNUM JESUS. YOU STOOD AT MIDCOURT FOR OUR SINS!

daabulls23
daabulls23

At least they sucked it up and realized it had problems and wasn't good enough to release.

ILOVETACOS101
ILOVETACOS101

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!! I was really looking forward to this game and it gets canceled! I can't believe this! After all the work for this game they just straight up cancel it, they should have just taken everything from Live 10 and just added the new gameplay, at least make some money! I hate NBA2K11 and now I'm stuck with it. CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCRRRRRRRAAAAAPPPP

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

@ecw1983 Um I don't think I can get that on Xbox 360. Sounds like a PC mod

EPaul
EPaul

Wow at least they have two years to work on it

ecw1983
ecw1983

@frazzle00 ahhhh dude you dont know what your missing full Budesligue(German) and English league + lower divs, Please look on the website the kits and player faces will make you drool. But I agree with you , I have both PES on PC and Fifa 11 on PS3(My only game on console), the gameplay is more realistic, you actually feel some accomplishment when you score a goal. Also I have a problem with the lack of real player faces in Fifa and if they are done PES have done them better. Personality + !? come on ! for like a handful of players.... I mean even James Milner has a generic face

frazzle00
frazzle00

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ecw1983
ecw1983

@ frazzle00 I hope you are playing the game on PC cos the PESeditpatch is a must all the authentic leagues, kits , teams. I do know the pesedit team are working on a PS3 patch

frazzle00
frazzle00

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Gambit110
Gambit110

Wow. What a surprise. What's great about this game is that it does a great job at exposing FANBOYS.

maverick_76
maverick_76

The only thing I can reason why they didn't try and release it still was the developers came to them and said they would not be done by Christmas. I think that was the only thing EA was holding onto for this year's game was they still had Christmas in terms of sales.

dromeo
dromeo

2k11 scared them away lol

ecw1983
ecw1983

@Dynamo11 Bro, then try the PESedit patch, Logos,kits and leagues everything is Fifa licence standard, The kits are actually better then Fifa's.eg On the Umbro striped kits in real life(and PES 2011 pesedit patch) have an almost unnoticable jaggered edge to them. In Fifa this jaggered is exaggerated. @parhar67 I have both and the gameplay on both is amazing Fifa is more arcadey while PES 2011 is more realistic. I found the gameplay in the full version of PES more playable then the demo.

twztid13
twztid13

now EA can see for 1 year what it feels like to be Visual Concepts' NFL squad in '96 (except that EA's squad still has their franchise to work on next year). i don't wish anyone ill though. lots of reviewers scored NBA Live 10 better than 2k10, so that is odd that EA would straight out cancel the game. it must have been a train wreck.

DeliriumLP16
DeliriumLP16

Screw EA. I come to Gamespot religiously in hopes to see the news that EA has finally disbanded and is no more.

mikebateman
mikebateman

Wow. It must have been really buggy. I mean, seriously buggy. EA have proven they are quite happy to put out broken games, with bugs that plain wreck their games, and not even bother removing them year after year in their 'annual updates'. For them to bin Elite... I can't even contemplate how glitch'd it must have been...

CMakaCreative
CMakaCreative

I'm now kinda looking forward to Elite 12. It's going to use what they did with Elite 11 (what worked anyway) and build on that. And really give the game a polish that EA hasn't been able to give Live since it will be in developement for twice the norm. If they can't come up with a proper NBA experience, they need to hang it up as far as coming out with an NBA basketball game is concern. Maybe they'll just do minor fixed & yearly updates with NBA Jam now.

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

Translates to: Simply because 2k Sports owned us with 2k11 and we didn't see the point in continuing this crappy game.

Sw1tched
Sw1tched

Hey "Tskunk" why don't you quit whining and being a fanboy and just enjoy any product or videogame? Besides I personally believe Anything 2K is way superior to EA, that elite demo was awful. But i still PLAY EA!! quit picking sides, have fun 2k11 is amazing

tskunk
tskunk

The Elite 11 demo actually seemed like it had potential. I refuse to play 2k sports games so I guess I am done playing basketball on consoles for a while.

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

why should I bother? I got NBA 2K11. that's enough for me, for all of us.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

Um, good. It had been pushed to March '11 already, might as well just push it back to October, adjust stats, and re-label it Elite 12.