EA Sports has announced they have delayed NBA Elite 11 and will no longer release it as scheduled on October 5th. No word on if they plan to release NBA Elite 11 at all, or will come back with what they perceive as a strong offering a year from now for Elite 12. Tying in with that NBA Jam, which had been planned to be packaged into NBA Elite with a code, will now be out separately for the 360 and PS3 before the end of the year.
EA Sports clearly saw the writing on the wall that the release of NBA Elite 11 would have been severely damaging, possibly putting their basketball series into the ground for good. They may have never been able to recover from such a release. Now they avoid consumers feeling they were duped, but will face an uphill battle when they return going against a further entrenched competitor.