28 September 2010
Got word last night via a GameStop automated phone-call regarding my NBA Elite 11 reservation that EA has "delayed" the game for 2010, pushing it back to 2011 at the very least. (I would argue...doesn't that make the game NBA Elite 12 then?) This is huge news in the gaming industry for obvious reasons, however i have to credit EA for reading the responses from gamers who tried the demo and hated the game. What his means for New NBA Jam, which was supposed to be a download code that game with Elite 11 (and allegedly the only way one could acquire NBA Jam) is unknown. Hopefully, that means EA will release New NBAJam as a XBOX Live/PSN download for all interested players. That could be a "win" for us all.
My guess would be that EA is only temporarily calling this a "delay", and NBA Elite 11 will be cancelled outright in favor of NBA Elite 12 for next fall. The game simply has that far to go in development, plus a 3 month headstart (at least) would mean that everyone who wants an NBA game this year would probably already have purchased NBA 2K11. We'll see.
Intrestingly, if Elite 11 moves from "Delayed" to "Cancelled", as I am predicting- not since Madden 96 (Playstation 1) has an EA release been cancelled because of quality concerns as well as the competition's game. (Back then, Sony's NFL GameDay was at a level that Madden 96 was not.)
Ironically- that cancelled, Madden 96 game was being developed by Visual Concepts...now the core development group behind 2K Sports' games. EA "fired" Visual concepts after the Madden 96 mess, and went with a little known company called Tiburon to develop Madden 97 (Playstation 1)
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