After a two year break, NBA Live 18 is bringing EA back to the basketball game scene with James Harden as the cover athlete, a new mode called The One, and the full WNBA roster. Today the game will be receiving a demo on both PS4 and Xbox One that gives players a small taste of many of the game’s modes, including The One. Luckily, DualShockers was able to go hands-on with the demo early at a recent EA Sports event, and also got to chat with Mike Mahar, a Producer of NBA Live 18.
When asked if NBA Live 18 would feature enhancements on PS4 Pro and Xbox One, he did confirm that EA is planning on using the increased specs of those platforms to enhance the games’s visuals:
“The enhanced visuals are obviously taking advantage of the power of both systems; that will be where we focus most of our energy. Both systems, with their improved visuals and the power and capacity that they both have is something we are looking at taking advantage of for sure.”
While NBA Live 18 is currently only slated to come to PS4 and Xbox One, DualShockers asked about the possibility of seeing the game on the Switch, as that is a platform that their biggest competitor, NBA 2K18 is spreading onto. While Mike Mahar stated that this year’s entry is planned only for PS4 and Xbox One, he did comment that Nintendo’s new platform would be a “focus” for the series going forward:
“Potentially, yes. For this year, we are focusing on X1 and PS4, but that will be a focus for NBA Live.”
NBA Live 18 is currently set to release on PS4 and Xbox One September 15. Stay tuned for DualShockers’ full interview with Mike Mahar about NBA Live 18 and a preview of what we played at this event later today.