EA Sports Working on Second NBA Game

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Posted April 8th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

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A new survey advertising a play-session later this week with a conceptually new NBA game at EA Canada has been discovered by NLSC. Those in the Vancouver area who are interested in taking part are asked to complete the survey which includes questions gauging experience with sports video games and level of sports fandom in general.

A “new concept” implies something unorthodox and an arcade-style game to counteract NBA 2K14 with the arrival of the new consoles would make more sense than going head-to-head with it in the sim space. With an initially small consumer base any return on NBA Live’s four years in development would be inconsequential. Early generation technology can also be utilized as a showcase – in the manner that Fight Night Round 3 did in the early days with the Xbox 360 and NBA Street Homecourt a year later – and that could then help to rebuild some trust with consumers when considering potential future NBA Live titles. A new NBA Street would certainly be the far more anticipated of the two should either accompany the launch of the new consoles.

Last month EA Sports appeared to have let slip that they are working on new franchises. With the struggles they have faced with getting NBA Live off the ground – apparently still targeting release this fall – few would have surmised that a different NBA game from the studio the sport moved away from in late 2010 would be one of them.

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  • http://twitter.com/ScottyB330 Scott

    Pasta, do you think it might just be better for EA to focus on next-gen for NBA Live? 2k won this console generation, and any minor market share EA gains with a 360/PS3 NBA Live re-launch could just as easily be lost again if they stumble out of the gates on PS4, no? For my money (which it’s not), it seems like the huge market share jump they need would only be possible by nailing the console transition and making NBA Live a killer must-have PS4 launch title.

    • http://pastapadre.com/ pastapadre

      Yes, but it’s a difficult proposition. The user base on the 360/PS3 will be more substantial for at least a few years. The problem there is I don’t think they’re going to make any inroads in the current gen. Just not sure if this fall would be the time to launch Live on next-gen either. They’re in a tough spot no matter their strategy.

  • http://twitter.com/shady2529 Anthony Suriano

    A second game? Not sure what their first is. Really though, if anyone has played a PC game a few years back called Freestyle Street Basketball, I think this is what EA should do for an alternative to their NBA or lack of NBA game. Similar to My Player in 2K14, you create a player (which would be your avatar), and level up by playing games and buy better skills/clothes with real money or in game money. It’s all of the online team play variety (3 on 3 half court, or 5 on 5 full court), and was a lot of fun on PC, I wish some company would bring this to consoles.

  • CSaint1994

    I hope we get a new nba street game, I miss those!!!

  • MoneyMayweather

    NBA street 4 is a real thing and I’m so pumped! bring back gamebreakers and real street courts Game breaker 4 will be an awesome thing.Dunking all over real NBA players on 720 or PS4 this winter will be great.

  • gt23

    PLEASE NBA STREET!!!

  • Albert

    Please EA can you also bring back Def Jam, Def Jam Icon was garbage bring that fight for ny or vendetta def jam back!

  • Boyce1381

    A 2nd NBA game!?! They can’t get the 1st one out! LOL J/K

  • Greg

    EA should just give up on making ANY type of Basketball game!

    • CSaint1994

      Well the thing is… NONE of their street basketball games sucked

  • Dalibor

    Two things that are completely missed in this article

    1) EA does a lot of focus testing at their various offices. They focus test BioWare games in Vancouver, but that doesn’t mean that EA Vancouver is making the next Dragon Age.

    2) “New concept” could be anything. What if NBA Live is going to have Ultimate Team or they want to try a new career mode mechanic?

    Considering how anyone can join the EA Game Ops for focus testing, I doubt they’d share something like a second NBA game to the public like that. Did anyone care to notice that in that same newletter they mention a non-sports title…omg! Let’s start tossing out more rumors.

  • predator

    Ea-sports is the big bully on the block. People need should not purchase their watered down games. They’re only interested in making money rather than making money “and” producing a great product.

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