NBA Live 15 Arrives Same Day as NBA 2K15

Both games scheduled to launch on October 7; NBA Live 15 confirmed only for Xbox One and PS4.

NBA Live 15, the latest entry in EA Sports' longrunning professional basketball series, will launch for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on October 7. Notably, that's the same release date as 2K Sports' NBA 2K15, which is coming to Xbox One and PS4, as well as Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Writing on the EA Sports blog, NBA Live 15 executive producer Sean O'Brien said the game aims to improve upon two major areas, the first of which is gameplay itself. "As I've said previously, we know we fell short in two major areas with NBA Live 14. 5-on-5 gameplay didn't have the depth and polish of an EA Sports game and our visuals just weren't up to expectations for a next-gen title. We've been laser-focused on making sure that this isn't the case with NBA Live 15 and I'm really excited with our progress in those two areas."

O'Brien said NBA Live 15's character models should look true-to-life because EA Sports scanned the "majority" of NBA players' faces, made refinements to player models, and updated the game's lighting system. All of this, together, should make NBA Live 15's characters "look really amazing," O'Brien said.

In terms of gameplay, O'Brien said EA Sports has already made "great progress" in making the overall experience "more realistic" and fun. "We want teams to play just like their real-world counterparts," he said. "And to that end, we've spent a lot of time this season talking with NBA coaches to better understand their schemes and philosophies, which we can then implement in-game."

O'Brien said EA Sports has also gone to great lengths to improve "flow and responsiveness in every area where you touch the ball." As such, he said EA Sports feels that shooting, passing, and dribbling in NBA Live 15 should "feel much better this year."

EA Sports will begin sharing specific gameplay details in July, with further information scheduled to be released in August and September, O'Brien said. Last year's NBA Live 14 was the first entry in the series EA Sports managed to ship since NBA Live 10. NBA Elite 11 and NBA Live 13 were both canceled in the 11th hour.

"We know we've got a lot to prove this year, and we've got a solid plan in place to provide you to make really big strides this year," O'Brien said.

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Discussion

21 comments
Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

Releasing on the same day as the defacto standard for video game basketball is dumbest idea ever.  Most basketball fans are going to default to 2K15 and NBA Live being a "well, maybe I might rent it or something." 

richten71
richten71

I think NBA Live 15 will be a lot better this year. Even though last year's edition wasn't the greatest, they did do a few things right.

mont345
mont345

Besides ea is gonna cut its own throat releasing this junk on the same date as 2k15 is releading, they lost there minds, they better release live at least a week before 2k!!

mont345
mont345

If anyone buys this garbage after last years game you deserve to be pimp smacked, if E.A. want people to buy into this junkie game it better be $19.99

namyere
namyere

Why are they doing this to themselves. They're game is horrid and doesn't stand a chance.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

It's hard to feel bad for EA and their terrible NBA franchise, because of their deal with the NFL. Just imagine if EA had a deal with the NBA? We would only have Live. This is why competition is so important. 

Fizzman
Fizzman

EA is probably hoping some dumb parent accidentally buys the EA version.  

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

NBA 2K is on PC , so it already had my vote even if it was worse than Live, which it isnt, so im happy.


BL to OKC to. But Durant, just didnt get the ball enough or there wasnt enough dedication to get Durant consistent open shots i thought. Every shot Durant had to take was like a hard near impossible look at the basket. to much greedy 1 man plays to.

DarkChyld
DarkChyld

Wow I guess if anything you gotta give EA credit for their persistence. But this is one announcement that I think that no one but EA cares about. If they had said you get a free copy of NBA Live 15 when you purchase NBA 2K15 then maybe people would be interested. Lol

imajinn
imajinn

*cough* NBA Streets please *cough*

Lostat
Lostat

EA's "NBA Live 14" should have had copies of it burned at the stake, rather than make another game this year.  Better yet, you know that huge pit where they buried the Atari 2600's "E.T The Extra-terrestrial"?....yeah, they should have put "NBA Live 14" in the big hole in the ground right next to the "E.T" game & left it there for, say, until the end of time.

mwamba1
mwamba1

I knew within 2 minutes of playing NBA Live 14 that I would be trading it in ASAP. True story. I wish them the best and all but, man..they had what...3 years to come up with something and this was their effort? Props to 2K though for not getting complacent while NBA Live was AWOL though

jrs2794
jrs2794

I hate EA ignite engine. Fifa, ufc, NBA live and Madden all have polished character models with some average gameplay (for ufc it's looking bad) do something innovative for once EA! You guys used the be the best. Now look at ya. 2k knows what's up now.

jomac3db1
jomac3db1

Live is terrible. Madden needs to be a 2k game because ea sucks

playstationzone
playstationzone

Guess who win?  NBA2K16 because its better than NBA Live.

W0OOTY
W0OOTY

@Fizzman My friends mom did that last year haha. He returned it instantly. 

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@jrs2794 hmm, to be honest, if you go ALL the way back to SEGA days , EA was playing it real safe then to and not really innovating. Id like to see what 2K would do to a football/ Soccer game or a boxing game.