Report: NBA Elite 11 Officially Cancelled


Video game blog Kotaku reports that EA’s embarrassingly delayed new NBA game, NBA Elite 11, has now been officially canceled by EA during an investor call.

The game was initially delayed a week before it was to hit the markets in September, and the demo drew criticism from fans of EA’s previous NBA franchise, NBA Live. Matters were not helped by the rave reviews of Elite‘s chief rival, 2K’s fantastic NBA 2K11. The main reason to buy Elite was the inclusion for the downloadable NBA Jam reboot, which was removed when EA announced that Jam would be released as a standalone product.

It is unknown if Elite will be picked up for the 2011-2012 NBA season, but if the past is any indication, 2K12 will probably be better than Elite 12.

At least Elite 11 will always leave us with the awesomely hilarious “Jesus Bynum” glitch (warning: contains some explicit language):

That’s probably what Elite 11 would’ve been remembered for, even if it was released.


Written by: MAINEiac4434 - News Contributor


  1. #1 by kennygk on November 2nd, 2010 [ 25148 Points ]

    Haha that might be the best glitch ever

  2. #2 by Luke on November 2nd, 2010 [ 27382 Points ]

    LOL, the entire video is awesome. Can’t believe they just canceled it out. WOW

  3. #3 by kennygk on November 2nd, 2010 [ 25148 Points ]

    Yah i mean i actually liked the demo. NBA 2K11 is a better game, but they shouldn’t have just cancelled the entire game.

  4. #4 by PAIRaDICE on November 3rd, 2010 [ 180 Points ]

    Funny glitch! I wish 2K had an opportunity to make an NFL game. The EA exclusive contract is hurting the sport :-/

  5. #5 by Emrah on November 3rd, 2010 [ 7319 Points ]

    Exclusive contracts should be banned. I had personally devised an excellent bidding system that would bring more money than exclusive contracts. I just need to figure a way to sell the idea to appropriate government bodies. Remind me to send an e-mail to the white-house.

  6. #6 by MAINEiac4434 on November 3rd, 2010 [ 3494 Points ]

    kennygk: Haha that might be the best glitch ever  

    I think it is. It’s at least in the top 10.

    Luke: LOL, the entire video is awesome. Can’t believe they just canceled it out. WOW  

    All that money wasted. I personally think that EA Sports should just stick with Madden, FIFA, NHL and NCAA Football, and let 2K take over with basketball, NBA and NCAA. Because 2K’s hockey games are absolute crap, and EA’s basketball games are absolute crap. I think the last good one was NBA Live 98.

    kennygk: Yah i mean i actually liked the demo. NBA 2K11 is a better game, but they shouldn’t have just cancelled the entire game.  

    I think it would’ve still had a chance to be a market success, even if it did get terrible reviews. There are a lot of people out there who just can’t get enough NBA.

    I remember how there was an interview with the lead director of Elite in GameInformer or something, and how he said that it was going to be the greatest basketball game of all time. It’s amazing how far the NBA series has fallen for EA.

    PAIRaDICE: Funny glitch! I wish 2K had an opportunity to make an NFL game. The EA exclusive contract is hurting the sport :-/  

    It is. There’s been a complete and total lack of evolution in Madden since Blitz was gone. Well, technically, Blitz is still around. Blitz: The League and Blitz: The League 2 are really awesome games on PS2 and PS3.

    But I see your point. I can’t even remember the last time I bought a Madden game, because they all have been the exact same game with a roster update, a new menu screen, and some new uniforms. Each and every year.

    Evidently, Madden 12 is going to be adding Canadian Football League teams and United Football League teams, so I might rent that just to play as the Toronto Argonauts against the Las Vegas Locomotives.

    Emrah: Exclusive contracts should be banned. I had personally devised an excellent bidding system that would bring more money than exclusive contracts. I just need to figure a way to sell the idea to appropriate government bodies. Remind me to send an e-mail to the white-house.  

    Lol! Seriously, EA’s exclusive license has hurt NFL video games as a whole. Remember when there was a time of one-upsmanship between EA and 2K? Now, there’s nothing.

    I also don’t like that MLB: The Show is a PS3 exclusive. Every year, The Show blows 2K Baseball out of the water. Hell, even the PS2 version of The Show is better than the 360 version of 2K. I understand it’s Sony’s studio, but should we really discriminate against 360 owners just because they bought the wrong console?

    Don’t answer that.

  7. #7 by Jay on November 3rd, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    MAINEiac4434: I also don’t like that MLB: The Show is a PS3 exclusive. Every year, The Show blows 2K Baseball out of the water. Hell, even the PS2 version of The Show is better than the 360 version of 2K. I understand it’s Sony’s studio, but should we really discriminate against 360 owners just because they bought the wrong console?

    Are you serious? Sony can’t help that they have better ideas than 3rd party developers :P

  8. #8 by MAINEiac4434 on November 20th, 2010 [ 3494 Points ]

    Jay:
    Are you serious? Sony can’t help that they have better ideas than 3rd party developers :P   

    Touche, touche. And, we all know what happens when a single developer gets exclusive rights to make a sports game: you get Madden. No evolution in the series, the same game each year with new menu music and an updated roster.


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