After the sudden delay, and weeks of silence, it has now been confirmed that NBA Elite 11 will not release in 2010. According to Peter Moore, development responsibilities have shifted to EA Tiburon, the studio responsible for the Madden NFL series. What was called a reboot for the series, is now the reason it has been halted.
When the demo to the game was released in late September a number of glitches were present. Consumers responses to these glitches caused the developer to delay the game indefinitely a week before it’s launch. Instead they released what was to be the free pack-in game, NBA Jam, in disc form on the Wii and have announced to bring it to both the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace.
With the cancellation of this title, this will be the first year in nearly 20 that the simulation basketball franchise will not be released. The series still lives on this year through NBA Jam, but that will simply not be enough for the faithful fans. While the name of the game has evolved from NBA playoffs, to NBA Live to NBA Elite, the fans have stayed the same. Hopefully a new development team will be able to recreate this series and bring it back to it’s former glory.
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