NBA Live 18 finally cements a release date with a discounted price

Posted August 10th, 2017 at 11:30 am

It’s unprecedented for an annualized league licensed sports game to hold back until one month out from release before making official the date, cover athlete, and opening up the ability to pre-order. That’s the case with NBA Live 18 though which waited until today to do just that.

NBA Live 18 will release on September 15 and at a discounted price of $40. The catch is that the price is only available to those who pre-order the game and it’ll move up to $60 after the 15th. The demo and EA Access trial period may provide enough confidence for some consumers to make that commitment. James Harden is featured on the cover.

The demo for the game will be out in North America on PS4 and Xbox One tomorrow and includes the ability to start (and carry over to the full game) The One career mode along with a Finals rematch of Warriors vs Cavaliers.

The WNBA makes its video game debut in NBA Live 18 which also includes the First Take duo of Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman for segments within the career mode.

  • Kemp Olajuwon

    Thanks for the info,do you know if the pre order discount is only for US or it will be available worldwide ?

    • I did get a UK press release that mentioned a discount. Don’t know the specifics on it though. So it seems like other regions will as well.

      • Kemp Olajuwon

        Thanks a lot

  • Jeff

    My only complaint is its to easy i just beat cleveland 101- 53 shot 13 of 15 with curry

    • MoneyMayweather

      Don’t sell your sell short man you been playing video games since NBA live 95 those long nights playing Live are finally paying off.

    • Dounte

      Dumbass was playing on ROOKIE!!! Smh..

      • Jeff

        All star dumbass. I can do the the same thing in 2k beat the cpu by 40 or 50 on all star

        • king

          But superstar is the highest level

  • Skopin

    Smart move to go in at a lower price point, although $40 might still be a little high considering the competition.

    Also Pasta, the demo is available in the New Zealand store on both PS4 and XB1. PS4 users can create a NZ account to download it, and XB1 users can start the download from here.

    • Dounte

      A little to high?? Just look the years of being ripped off by NBA 2K then open your pie hole!! That’s the dumbest shit I’ve heard all day…

      • Skopin

        So you’re saying 2k doesn’t have a stranglehold on the NBA market?

  • MoneyMayweather

    Holy shit! did the preorders go up on amazon and get sold out?

    it says NBA live 18 in unavailble.

  • Just a guy

    “The catch is that the price is only available to those who pre-order the game and it’ll move up to $60 after the 15th.”

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL Give me a break, EA.

    • Dounte

      NBA 2K is already asking for VC in that first trailer basically so save the jokes for those 15 patches!!

  • hungryandrew

    Using a similar 2k strategy here. Question is will it pay off?

  • BravesFan24

    I must admit, Live’s career mode doesn’t look bad. I’m interested to see how the integration of First Take looks. And lowering the price for those that pre-order is a smart move.

    With that said, I’ll still be buying 2K over this.

    • Dounte

      I knew you were cheap and stupid… I’ll never argue with you again!!

      • BravesFan24

        Good riddance.

  • The Great Leon

    Shame they don’t do that discount with Madden. Probably because they have zero competition and don’t have to they know the football desperate gamer has no choice.

    I skipped 2 last year, but will probably get it this year when I find it cheap.

    • Dounte

      Your not who they want to appease anyway so who cares… Who plays last years Madden’s game nowadays lol… Some people’s logic!! You have to be kicking in at 50 years old at least!!! 😒

      • The Great Leon

        Huh? are you the resident NBA Live lover now.

  • Kid Fleetfoot

    I plan on buying NBA LIVE 18 PS4 and NBA 2K18 PS3. I might even play Fantasy Basketball.

  • MoneyMayweather

    The game did something weird pasta

    It froze when I tried to go into the pause menu the whole game just got frozen I had to go back home I was trying to find out how to fadeaway stepback and trying to look into the manual but it froze.

    • I’ve had that happen to me once also after pausing.

  • jbstoner44

    Its amazing how people get duped into buying EAsports games every year only to get ripped off and disappointed. A guess there is a sucker born every minute. 2k18 will be blow it to smitherines.

  • ClubSteve

    i think $30 would have been a better idea imo…..let the game sell itself. if those that got it at $30 give it pretty good reviews, some might jump on board at $60 after the 15th. if 2K18 struggles, they could pick up some sales.

  • HeatFan786

    Cheaper price for a crap product, makes sense. The game plays like crap compared to NBA 2k17.