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EA’s NBA Elite to stay on the bench for 2012, new NBA Jam announced

Electronic Arts will take another year off from the NBA simulation, as the blog Kotaku reports that there won’t be an NBA Elite 12 in fall of this year.

Last year, EA canceled it’s first episode in it’s new NBA series after some pre-orders were already sent out to customers, and several “reject” copies wound up on Ebay. While many criticized EA’s cancellation of Elite 11, glitches abound in the demo for the game, and many were turned off because of that. Either way, most fans of basketball sims were already flocking towards the critically acclaimed direct rival NBA 2K11, from 2K Sports.

The lone bright spot for EA on the court last year was the rave reviews for it’s arcade reboot of NBA Jam. As such, a sequel to NBA Jam, titled NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, has been announced. While I personally don’t see how the arcade basketball game can really “evolve” past 2010’s episode (which already fulfilled everyone’s expectations, and them some, of what an arcade basketball game should be), it is slated for release in October, via PSN and Xbox Live, and will include an AI similar to that in use in EA’s Fight Night boxing series (don’t quite know how that will work), and a cooperative online campaign, along with a few new gameplay modes.

In the same post on Kotaku, 2K Sports confirmed that it was continuing with it’s NBA 2K series, with NBA 2K12 to come out this fall.


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.


NBA Elite 11, New Controls, and NBA JAM

Yaw (pronounced as “yao” like Yao Ming) the NBA Community Manager from EA Canada posted some very interesting news earlier today. First of all the game is no longer going by the name of NBA LIVE. EA has decided to change the name because it’s going through a major overhaul and they don’t feel that the name is fitting. Actually this is the way that Yaw described it:

we believe that NBA ELITE will revolutionize the way you think, feel and play basketball video games — forever. The dev team is driving never seen before innovation in the form of a number of features that are radically different than what you have seen in previous NBA games.

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