EA Sports Bails on NBA Jam Support

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Posted March 10th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

EA Sports has released a statement in regards to NBA Jam laying out that the game will be receiving no further post-release support. When NBA Jam released in November it did so with rosters that were already out of date at the time. With the trade deadline in the NBA having passed and several huge transactions having taken place over the course of the season consumers had been looking for a roster update to reflect the moves. That will not be coming and neither will a patch to improve gameplay or options.

There have been a lot of questions about a title or roster update and we wanted to tackle this head on. Our priority for JAM on the XBOX 360 and PS3 was to deliver HD graphics and online play to round out the great gameplay that defines the franchise. For us to also include roster and title update possibilities, we would have sacrificed quality in those key areas and thus made the difficult decision not to include them.

The silence regarding the possibility of roster updates around the time of release said it all. Due to that the expectation that EA would provide post-release support (beyond the initial patch that delivered promised features) dissipated and that belief was only solidified when reports started coming in of how the game tanked at retail. The worst part of this is the silence though, that EA waited four months to announce what they could have laid out back then. They never had the intention of releasing a roster update or improving the game with a patch.

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  • Nell515

    Typical EA, I am not surprised one bit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/narutofanO6 Jason Lewon

    BullS***

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1394448915 Chad Crabtree

    This is an unfortunate development. They speak as if adding roster updates would have been a great undertaking. I think they sold their own game short as it is worthy of updates/support. As has been said before, this game would have probably fared better as a downloadable title. Too bad considering the overall product was decent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1394448915 Chad Crabtree

    This is an unfortunate development. They speak as if adding roster updates would have been a great undertaking. I think they sold their own game short as it is worthy of updates/support. As has been said before, this game would have probably fared better as a downloadable title. Too bad considering the overall product was decent.

  • Lilmanbeastmode

    EA SPORTS IT IN THE GAME

    • Anonymous

      It’s in the shame..

  • Lilmanbeastmode

    EA SPORTS IT IN THE GAME

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Henry-Lilman-Harrison/100001467953844 Henry Lilman Harrison

    it wasnt that fun anyways

  • Oliver

    EA is best at supporting their big games, and terrible at supporting the smaller ones. Pretty much like other companies.

  • Oliver

    EA is best at supporting their big games, and terrible at supporting the smaller ones. Pretty much like other companies.

  • llorrne

    The iPhone version is better and has updated rosters!

  • llorrne

    The iPhone version is better and has updated rosters!

  • Keith.

    Not even a single roster update? LoL — that’s funny, even for EA’s terribly low standard. Can only imagine how someone who spent $60 on this game feels (suckers!).

    • Richie

      Well it was only $50 and I dont feel suckered but they should have done more for those who did buy it.

  • Anonymous

    I was thinking about getting it, not anymore.

  • MP3

    What BS, i remember NBA Hangtime they updated the rosters when Larry Johnson got traded to the Knicks & later they put in the 96 rookie class. For them to suggest that adding roster updates & patches would ruin the game is an absurd & terrible excuse. They don’t think people want to use the Knicks with Amare/Melo? or Blazer fans who want to use Roy/G-Force? As a Net fan personally i’d love to play with Deron Williams, i never use Courtney Lee. It just looks dumb because the game came out in November & some teams have only 1 player that is currently on their roster.

    I’m just appalled at EA Sports for trying to make us believe that this can’t be fixed.

  • Chris

    absolutely ridiculous.. Its 2011 and they cant put out one single roster update. How hard could it be? The teams only have 3-4 players!

  • Okafor8

    Hmm sounds like an Nba Elite 11 momoment here Pasta but even 2k11 Stopped doing support also, wait a minute…2k11 was actually a good game, so EA Sucks they cant figure out basketball for the life of them and what better way to show that by not even trying to fix a game the highly touted to be fun and might I add was suppose to come with Nba “un” elite 11!

  • http://twitter.com/AngryChiefsFan Brian Ayers

    I bought this game and it’s incredibly fun when you’re playing against friends. I honestly don’t even care about update rosters. Would have been nice, but for what I use the game for, it’s not going to ruin the fun. Most of the time I use unlockable characters anyway.

  • Anonymous

    lol, and you guys continue to support this brand? Do the smart thing like me and bail after the NCAA Basketball 10 crap they pulled very similar

    • Anonymous

      LMAO, I was waiting for you to chime in homey!!!!

      • Anonymous

        lol, you really think I was not going to mention my beloved NCAA 10?

    • Anonymous

      2K FOREVER!

      (MLB 2k11 sucks.. but you know what I mean)

  • Anonymous

    Typical EA Bullshit.. that’s why this company is a disgrace to Sports games. 2K FOR LIFE!

    • Anonymous

      2k does the same. But it’s funny that you don’t see it. LOL. Keep acting like EA is worse than any other major game developer. They all do this crap.

    • Anonymous

      2k does the same. But it’s funny that you don’t see it. LOL. Keep acting like EA is worse than any other major game developer. They all do this crap.

  • http://www.thematuregamer.blogspot.com MattColby

    E…A SPORTS…if it’s in the game, it’s…aw, fuck it! Nevermind

  • Eric

    “We’d have shittier graphics if we had to update the rosters” goes a long way to ruin the “Artists aren’t coders, adding *insert graphical feature* didn’t take away time from *insert code issue*!” argument.

    • http://twitter.com/3YardsandACloud JeffHCross

      I connected that more with the “online play” and “great gameplay” parts of his statement, not the graphics. But even HD graphics would need code. Everything needs code initially.

      I don’t think anyone has, at least correctly, argued that inserting a graphical *feature* doesn’t take away from code. Every animation or texture needs some kind of code to display it, no matter how detailed or frivolous the animation is. But once the base framework is there, adding to it doesn’t require any significant time from coders, if any. For example, EA adding more mascots to next year’s NCAA Football 12 would not require significant (if any) time spent by the developers.

  • Gamerzz

    who cares? its freaking NBA JAM. Its not a sim…its just take some guys, run around, dunk the ball, get on fire……

    would a roster update be nice? sure…but necessary? meh. its just a fun game to play with others. just like the original, its just fun to see the best matchups you can find given the time it was released. if you dont like those…use mascots or secret characters.

    but hey….lets just throw out aother meaningless reason to hate….

  • Josh

    Thats what all you suckers get for buying this game in the 1st place! $50 for a 20 year old rehashed game? No thanx

  • sheredia

    the price of this game just depreciated……alot.

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  • Bdmc3000

    AND YOU DUMBASSES KEEP BUYING THEIR SHITTY PRODUCTS?!!!!!!!

    Smh…I have NO SYMPATHY for you.

  • Anonymous

    EA just keep digging themselves a hole and the sad part is they lie bout everything they do and the reason they do it is because of money cause they have it and 2 they dont give a fuck.

  • MoneyMayweather

    wah!

  • Anonymous

    oh…and Madden Arcade was a simple XBox Live arcade game while people threw down the full $60 for NBA Jam…

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe313 Joe Parks

    Has potential but as usual EA fucks up another wet dream. Should’ve seen it coming though seein as how they dropped NBA ELITE which NBA JAM was suppose to come with. Glad i didnt spend my money on it and just borrowed it from a friend

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B5BC6XEOFVPQDU5CTGDQX2VRMU Johnathan

    Looks like I just saved myself $40

  • Jason Starks

    I am a big JAM fan, but EA, why not make a TRUE GROUND UP JAM, rather than a HD wii game? PATHETIC how the iphone version is big ass and tities better than this (PS360)

  • http://www.facebook.com/msuhitman Jason Billingsley

    Glad I only paid $10 for this game back in December (price matched a KMart sale at Best Buy and used $20 in reward certificates to bring the price down to $10.)

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  • Beef Jerky Fanatic

    EA needs to quit basketball, give 2k the JAM license

  • Beef Jerky Fanatic

    EA needs to quit basketball, give 2k the JAM license

  • Beef Jerky Fanatic

    EA needs to quit basketball, give 2k the JAM license

  • Beef Jerky Fanatic

    EA needs to quit basketball, give 2k the JAM license

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  • Triaddsi

    complete waist of a time on EA behalf

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  • Anonymous

    I hope they update the iPhone version, I’ve been enjoying that on the train.

  • Merc_yakwik

    didn’t this justn start out as a pack in with another ea sports nnba sim? i love nba jam torunament edition from when i was a kid and had to pick this up. it should definitley not be a 50 dollar game but 30 is not unreasonable. it is too bad it wasn’t a little more polished, but i love big head mode being like magazine cuttouts shooting hoops, sweet game ea, too bad it was just a way to make back some lost money on the canceled game.

  • Reign

    Anyone who bought this game deserved this, you’re not idiots, you know how EA works.

  • Jason Starks

    Hey pasta, look at the NBA AM forums, the ipod versions have updated rosters while the consoles does not, want to check up on that?

  • blazer

    Oh well atleast they making a NBA JAM OFE downloadable on xboxlive an psn worth 15$ to 20$ coming in october….I feel kinda stupid spending 60$ on this game, i’m gonna trade it in at gamestop an pickup mortal kombat9 instead lol.

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