NBA Elite 11 tip-off delayed

EA Sports confirms reboot to annualized basketball sim on 360, PS3 has been pushed back; release date TBA, retailer indicates next year.

EA announced ambitious plans to reinvent its annualized basketball sim in June, offering first word on the freshly rebranded NBA Elite. Built around a more "hands-on control" scheme, NBA Elite will emphasize player movement and skill-based shooting. Unfortunately, with less than two weeks remaining before NBA Elite 11's scheduled October tip-off, EA Sports said today that it has delayed the game.

Unlike an NBA team, EA Sports is able to push back the start of the season.

"This year, we set extremely ambitious goals for our new franchise, NBA Elite," EA Sports president Peter Moore said on his official blog. "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."

Moore did not offer an updated release window for NBA Elite 11, which is scheduled to arrive for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. An EA Sports representative told GameSpot that "we're going to keep working until the game is ready." Of note, GameStop is currently listing the game with a March 31, 2011, release date, which coincides with the end of EA's current fiscal year.

"NBA ELITE had the benefit of play-testing, a demo and a lot of our own research," Moore continued. "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."

It wasn't all bad news for basketball fans. Moore reaffirmed the October 5 launch of NBA Jam on the Wii, saying that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions will arrive this holiday season. The executive also said that NBA Live 10 players will receive a free title update that includes this season's rosters. NBA Live 10's Dynamic DNA feature will also continue to be updated throughout the entire season at no additional cost.

For more on NBA Elite 11, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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lilflex1
lilflex1

did they give the official release date of the live 10 dlc

docwoo
docwoo

Hmmmm....this is the first time I've heard of an annual sports game being delayed, especially when there's such stiff competition with 2K for market share. This delay is yet another reason why this games sounds suspect to me.....

DanSerpa
DanSerpa

Elite 11 controls are amazing!!!

CgPhBaller
CgPhBaller

Let me start by saying I haven't purchased a basketball game in years cause they all suck and I am a die hard gamer and basketball fan, but I have played them all. Its all about the controls and to me basketball games stick with a tried and true way of control. I have tried both the 2K11 demo as well as the NBA Elite demo for both systems. The 2K11 demo has WAY crisper graphics NBA Live usually looks a hot mess. 2K has a sticky defense feel and all the controls seem "timing/position" based but for me I liked the controls on NBA Elite (except for passing but then again it makes sense since your thumb is on the right stick the whole time). I liked the shooting and dribbling I just felt more comfortable after several hours of practice. I think people hate change and thats typical. Neither game sold me but If Elite fixes the several issues it may be able to contend but missing the shot (pun intended) by not coming out with the basketball season sounds like to me they should call it NBA Elite 12. I would rather play double dribble or real basketball than shabby controlled games.

Henninger
Henninger

The 2K series has been the better basketball sim 4 years now imo. EA fell off after Live 02. & this delay just killed wutever sales they were gonna muster 2 keep up with 2K. Jordan is on the cover. That rite there is gonna make 2K the #1 basketball game this year alone. This delay just put the nail in the coffin 4 NBA Elite 11.

lilflex1
lilflex1

the only reason elite might get good sales is if they wont strip nba jam from it but they said the roster upgrade would be free it a be nice if they slipped in a surprise for its delay as long as the bugs are fixed

Byaku524
Byaku524

I'm so glad I switched to 2K. The controls just made me die inside.

xGlenn11x
xGlenn11x

I just played the demo for the first time (I've been out of town). I thought Live 10 was not their best showing, and I thought Live 08 and 09 were pretty decent showings. This though looks atrocious. I'm glad for the sake of the franchise they have delayed it. The control scheme is not very good at all. I have spent several hours, and no one can tell me that they enjoy that control scheme. IT FEELS LIKE A HOCKEY GAME. 0_0 That is why I strongly disagree with they guys from NHL working on the game as well. Even Live 10 had better control than this. The graphics are terrible. This game looks almost as bad as NBA Inside Drive from a few years back on the original Xbox. Players move like robots (Still), and as REAL_BALLER_69 showed us all, yes, Andrew Bynum went religious in the MIDDLE of the court! EA, I didn't think you could do that badly with a game. I guess I thought wrong though. The only way they should release this game in March, is at a low price tag, say, $19.99. You can't sell that full price...that is just highway robbery.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

I guess that means 2k11 will be taking all of Elite's Sale numbers than. But I never heard of a Yearly Sports game being delayed.

darkskyehim
darkskyehim

I hope I dont get flamed for this, but I really enjoyed the elite 11 demo. Maybe its because Im not a real basketball fan and I decided Id give it a shot... I got 2k11 demo and elite demo. The 2k11 was a total let down for me, I didnt feel it right. It was slow and not precise. When I got the elite demo it felt perfect, I fell in love with the game, the controls and the idea of playing it marveled me. I was looking forward to this, I guess Ill have to wait for a basketball fix. Anyway, I just wanted to share my thoughts on this, maybe I felt the game great because Ive been so apart from basketball games for so long, hell, the last basketball game I played was nba jam on super nes! I dont know, but it felt right to me.

darkskyehim
darkskyehim

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IM_UH_BOXER
IM_UH_BOXER

I think forums hurt companies now of days. ie. Undisputed, Madden 11 after patch, an now the "feedback" has cancled Elite! wow on the flipside. I'm glad this has happen to fourm members who complain and complain. Now this is perfect, because they no longer have anything to complain about because they dont have a game! Luv'n it!

Jim_the_Drunk
Jim_the_Drunk

NBA Elite won't be coming out until March? The regular season ends in April! EA might as well just cancel Elite 11 and put that extra development time into Elite 12. I guess 2K11 will be the only way to get your basketball fix this October.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

@REAL_BALLER_69 Just saw the video clip you talked about LMAO HEELARIOUS. I just thought the controls were bad, but that right there...WOW LOL

rahmie0789
rahmie0789

very surprising. never heard of a sports genre title being delayed...

deathstream
deathstream

I just haven't been able to get into the 2K basketball games this console generation. Live was more fun to pick up and play for me, but I didn't like either enough to play long enough for Live's noted flaws to bother me. The problem with the Elite demo was that it took the things I don't like about NBA 2K and threw in the EA advertisement overload that I despise. (Would Madden 11 run smoothly if they weren't trying to cram 20 ads onto the screen at once?)

gameguy25217
gameguy25217

Good now I do not have to buy Elite to just get Jam. A good move by EA in my opinion. Boomshakalaka!

blackace
blackace

@wahyudil delayed!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! But hey, it doesn't have PC version ... what a waste ... ************************************************* Yeah, well I think EA wants to sell more then 1000 copies and not have 500K of them pirated. lol!! Like other companies who are jumping from the PC ship, EA know where their bread and butter is, and it's no longer on the PC. Except maybe with the Sims. That's EA's best PC selling game and EA has milked the franchise to death. I think more women are playing that game then men on the PC.

lozvil
lozvil

NBA 2K11 all the way!

YouVandal3
YouVandal3

well they said they were releasing it on a disc as a standalone (not bundled with D-ELITE) so if its going to be on a disc and not downloaded off XBLA will it be the full version??

turtlebird95
turtlebird95

Who cares about Elite? NBA Jam is now coming as a standalone game for 360 and Ps3. Buy that instead.

email2003
email2003

If NBA JAM is going to be a standalone title for PS3 then at least give us all the NBA JAM Wii features and up to date roster updates too!

Zedlav486
Zedlav486

why couldn't any of the basketball demos be good. But with Live being delayed 2k is going to win this sales battle

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

Wow, EA Sports is delaying a game??? This is incredible.

REAL_BALLER_69
REAL_BALLER_69

This was a smart move. The Demo was HORRIBLE and this is coming from a live fan I even thought that Nba live 10 was better than 2k10. but that demo was a joke. The graphics were like PS2, the AI has tragic and the controls were pretty hard or at least had a long learning curve. I remember when I couldnt even make a Fast break Lay-up 3 times. if u havent seen this video of this guy playing NBA ELITE 11 demo you must watch this, it left me crying in laughter----------------------------------------------------------------------- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLPGDyE5pEE anyways I hope by delaying this game we can get the best basketball game with amazing graphics and better controls. I was liking the ESPN presentation. BUT I guess that what happens when you have people from the NHL team to come work on basketball. WHAT THE HELL do they know about basketball. do u guys think NHL 11 would have been that good if they got people from the NBA team to work on it. ALSO WHAT ABOUT NBA JAM

djwood84
djwood84

EA Sports: I am so proud of you today. Whoever made the call to FIX a game before you release it, you are hands down the smartest man or woman to ever work at your company. EA is always pushing out broken sports games that are just an updated version of the previous release, this is GREAT to see someone willing to take the time to make something fresh!

gshell
gshell

to be honest i don't know why they changed the controls....for the first time being and life long 2k fan i can honestly say that nba live 10 was better than 2k as far as team play.

wahyudil
wahyudil

delayed!!! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! But hey, it doesn't have PC version ... what a waste ...

ryzrocks
ryzrocks

well it takes time to create something extraordinary...........well lets just wait and see if NBA Elite can live up to that philosophy

blackace
blackace

I'm surprised they just didn't release the crap like they normally do. NBA Live 09 was better then 08, but not by much. Game was still broken with poor A.I. and CPU that needed to cheat just to try and keep the game close. Game was still better then NBA 2K9, which was a total disaster. NBA 2K10 was a bit better. I didn't even bother with NBA Live 10. I'm not wasting $60 on either NBA Elite or NBA 2K11. I'll wait for the price to drop and get them next year. Every time I pay $60 for these games, they never meet my expectation. Never worth $60. Anyway, at least EA is being smart this time and pulling the game back to fix the mess. 4 extra months may not be enough though. ************************************************************ @Santesyu NBA 2k officially gets its crown back. Welcome back 2k. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ I don't think NBA 2K ever lost their crown. True 2K9 was a mess, NBA Live hasn't surpassed 2K in a while. EA has been trying for the las 8-9yrs without success.

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

Last year I bought Live 10, and after playing 2K10 as well, I felt Live 10 was better. I was so looking forward to this years game. The first thing that brought warning flags for me was the RIDICULOUS name change. It completely sounds like a marketing scheme, rather than a rebranding. Next, I played that HORRIBLE demo, and couldn't believe my eyes. It is THAT bad. They should really go back to the drawing board with this game, because a release in March, or WHENEVER next year will not save this game. EA sports titles seemed to make great strides last year, but this years crop just seems like TOTAL regression. 'Accessible' is killing the gaming industry. I know the guy leading the team for this years game did wonders for the NHL series, but the demo for this years game is a total embarrassment. Does anyone at EA have common sense? Who let that demo out? They should be fired! I guess I will be left with only 2K11 this year :(

Tzap
Tzap

Wow, sales are gonna be absolutely crippled if it ain't released before the season starts..... and it sounds like it's not gonna make it either. But hey, at least they care about quality control, if they released a piece of garbage, the "Elite" name brand would be finished for good. So, it might be best for the long-term. I'm actually really surprised that EA didn't just bother release an unpolished game in the first place. It's never stopped them before. Cheers

fotis52
fotis52

I totally agree with you mrzero, I play and love 2k as well. It is the same difference with PES and Fifa. Fifa remained stable for many many years, basing success only in official kits and player faces, while PES used to present a true football experience. In football sims the tide turned and now Fifa seems a lot better to me and that PES is now starting to mess with useless things and forgot about gameplay itself. That is my concern about 2k as well. The game seemed a lot like 2k10, that looked like 2k9, and I am worried that since 2k got the lead from EA in basketball sims, they sat in their success and they now target only the profits...I can totally understand profits, but I can't stand relaunching the same game with different cover and 1-2 additional modes every year, without paying attention to the really important things: gameplay!

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

@fotis52 not really. 2k has proven since the dreamcast, when they had a shoestring budget that you do not need to be flashy to make a sports game. nba and nfl 2k are considered sports classics and considered to be up there as 2 of the best sports games OF ALL TIME! that is why during the ps2 and xbox era, they made games like nfl 2k4 and whatnot and could sell them for 20 bucks because they knew what they were doing and knew the fans loved it. EA on the other hand would constantly make the same game every year, with the same engine, new players, and it just bored players. same with live. live/elite/whatever only changed it up because 2k has been improving their game since the dreamcast, which is why they can slap on their cover "number one basketball game". ea wanted you to pay for live roster updates. 2k never made you pay, they made you sit through the uncomfortable system update to update the roster, but otherwise, that is what they would do. elite coming out in march means the game is DEAD. who wants a hoops game in MARCH? 2k usually drops its price then BECAUSE IT IS PLAYOFF TIME

fotis52
fotis52

I hated both demos and I can't see the reason why 2K struggles to give us a good basketball game...The last one for me was 2K8 not to mention the awesome 2K7....Giving 60 bucks, euros, pounds or whatever to buy 2K10 plus Jordan, a Jordan that I bet will feel no different than all the other players, is something that I don't understand. 2K needs a brand new graphic and animations engine, while Live/Elite or whatever it is called, really can't be realised as it looked in the demo....Basketball sims every 2 years is fine for me...No matter how many modes they put in a game, if the game sucks, then it's worthless...It would be better to have a 10 or 20 euros downloadable update to 2K10...

ChrisMoneyMaker
ChrisMoneyMaker

i like what jdr589 said about a sport title coming out every two years, and i think they should do that, but elite demo was really bad, and the controls were awful, at least they delay it, and fix the game instead of selling the game next week with a bad reactions, plus the 2k game play is still the same but with Jordan in the game u can't go wrong

lilflex1
lilflex1

played the 2k11 demo and was let down the reason people pick 2k over this is because jordan has a game mode and with elite i had changed the control buttons to the original so to me there was no change to this but the features

xGho5tx
xGho5tx

Elite doesn't seem so elite afterall. They should change back the title to Nba Live so it can live if anything.

lch153
lch153

this is a terrible game anyway, who even cares the demo was absolutely atrocious

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

People, this has nothing to do with Jordan or 2K. Just play the Elite demo. That thing was awful, and this is coming from someone who has been more 'Live' than 2K over the years. They tried to re-invent the wheel, and they failed miserably and they know it. Controls were never Live's problem. They didn't need redo-ing. They just needed to fix the stuff that you were controlling! I am actually going ot congratulate them for doing it. It is not EA's way to hold off on something just because it is bad. See Madden 06(360), Live 07(360...PS3 cancelled!), and a host of their other games. Maybe this is a sign that they are actually starting to give a damn about the quality of their products instead of just their bottom line....i ain't holding my breath, but MAYBE!

BiggEdd32
BiggEdd32

a game as bad as elite/live this is no surprise

The_MaiN_MeNu
The_MaiN_MeNu

You know as excited as I am for 2k11, I gotta give EA props for this. I think this is the best decision considering the circumstances.

jdr589
jdr589

there is no reason to release sports titles every year in the 1st place... what EA is doing by just giving an updated roster and some fixes is what both EA and 2K should do... having 2 years to come out with a game gives more time to mess around with stuff and make sure its better than the year (2) before it... Elite 11's demo in simple words sucked, badly... I hope NBA Jam is a stand alone for 800 or 1200 points of Xbox Live and then EA should just wait until Oct. 2011 and release Elite 12 (which hopefully will be good and put EA basketball back on the map)...

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Anyone that thinks the buzz about Jordan and 2K11 had nothing to do with this seriously need to reevaluate. Going head to head would be suicide, even if Elite was better. I haven't bought a new sports game in years, but Jordan has me getting 2K.

geezy31
geezy31

@ Santesyu, 2k already had the crown. it didn't take EA's trash to confirm that. 2k10 sucked, but live 10 was worse. this may be bad for everyone, EA should be retiring from basketball in the next couple of years, and 2k's b-ball may get the same disease as madden.

Moneyballzs
Moneyballzs

Now that this game is delayed i installed the 2k11 demo figuring i'll need to give it a shot and wow. how the hell can you guys sit here and call this a better game? it has as many problems with it as elite does. graphics are distorted and inconsistent, controls lag and are non responsive and "isomotion" is pretty much non existent. looks like i'll need to buy back a copy of live 10....

luc11044
luc11044

Releasing the title next year makes no sense whatsoever....they might as well hold off and work on NBA Elite 12.

JaxxRaxor
JaxxRaxor

@jmizzal I wouldn't count on that. The wii version will have a major extra mode in it called Remix tour, and I think EA will use that to justify the full $50 price for the wii version. Although in my opinion EA has severely crippled sales of the wii version by not giving it online play.

jmizzal
jmizzal

If NBA Jam is still coming out this holiday on PS3 and 360, if its downloadable for 15 bucks then they better drop the 49.99 price for the Wii version or release them both for full retail, why screw over some people.

theschu69
theschu69

smart move as long as they release nba jam separately