The upcoming basketball title from EA Sports NBA Live 14 will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One; reads an open letter from Sean O’ Brien, executive producer on the game.
It’s been well over four years since we last saw an NBA Live title. Brien addressed this in his letter stating that EA Sports is fully committed to rebuilding the NBA Live franchise.
“The great news for me is that EA Sports is 100% committed to rebuilding NBA Live,” O’Brien wrote on EA Sports website. “There is an enormous financial commitment to the development of the product on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, including the size of the team and resources required to give us every opportunity to make a great basketball game that can compete with such a solid franchise like NBA 2K.”
At E3 earlier this month EA Sports demonstrated the game’s new bounceTek technology; showcasing drastic improvement in ball handling and dribbling. It’s safe to say that this time around you actually get to feel the ball while running down the court.
Brien then proceeded to talk about their development plans, how the team was focused on capturing “the essence of half-court basketball, providing 1-on-1 isolation both in the perimeter and the post, the 2-on-2 chess match that is the pick and roll, while still offering the gamer the opportunity to push the basketball in transition and have the control required to get the ball into the lane to either take the ball to the rim or find an open teammate if the defense collapses”.
For this purpose alone, Gary Paterson was brought in the team, who previously designed FIFA’s physics engine.
“Gary felt that we needed to innovate with dribbling and that no game had truly captured the control required when the gamer was dribbling the basketball,” O’Brien wrote.
“I then had Gary work directly with Scott O’Gallagher, a former professional basketball player turned gameplay designer, and together they have designed an incredible ball handling system with NBA superstars and great ball handlers having their own set of dribble moves, animations and real world speed and skills that you’d expect.”
“I want to remove subjectivity from how we rate players and have that data provided by Synergy Sports to completely drive how the game plays,” he wrote. “I’m really excited about being able to update our game within an hour of something happening in the NBA. We’re going to be making an enormous investment into this connected experience. “
Everything sounds really promising. Fans should hope that the revival of the franchise proves to be good.
NBA Live 14 is scheduled for release later this year exclusively on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Source EA Sports