It has been announced that Electronic Arts will be delaying the release of NBA Elite 11 for Xbox 360 and PS3. It has also been announced that NBA Jam will no longer come packaged with NBA Elite 11.
“EA Sports has decided to delay next month’s launch of NBA Elite 11. NBA Jam will launch on the Wii on October 5; we’re also now going to ship NBA Jam as a standalone product on the Xbox 360 and PS3 in time for the holidays,” a spokesperson told IGN. “We set ambitious goals for NBA Elite, and we are creating a game that will introduce several breakthrough features that have been missing from the basketball genre. We are going to keep working until we’re certain we can deliver a breakthrough basketball experience. We feel this is in the best interest of our consumers, our company and our shareholders.”
It sounds like, after seeing how the demos of NBA Elite 11 and NBA 2K11 measured up and seeing the fans’ reception, EA Sports recognizes they are beat. And not just beat, but absolutely outmatched.
Pricing and release dates for NBA Elite 11 and NBA Jam for PS3 and Xbox 360 have not yet been set.