View Full Version : Jordan on cover of NBA 2K11 and NBA Live=NBA Elite

05-28-2010, 09:30 AM
As the upcoming off-season's class of unrestricted free agents shows, there's no shortage of star athletes in today's NBA. Despite that, ESPN reports that 2K Sports is saving the cover of NBA 2K11 for a storied star from a previous era, Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

The sports network (which is featured annually in Electronic Arts' competing NBA Live series of games) cites "multiple sources" as having confirmed that 2K Sports has landed Jordan to be the game's spokesperson. The report also includes speculation that Jordan could be playable in the game, allowing gamers to step into his Air Jordans to re-create the biggest moments of his career. Even less solid is the story's assertion that 2K Sports is in negotiations to include Jordan's teammates and other players from the era to more accurately depict those moments; that bit of information is attributed to "whispers."

One problem that would arise from such a gameplay mode would be the need to negotiate individual deals with all of the retired players. While a logistical headache, it's a task 2K has handled before. When 2K Sports created All-Pro Football 2K8 without the NFL license, it included more than 200 retired players, each of whom needed to be negotiated with individually.

2K Sports having to pursue all the other players while already having Jordan under contract would reverse a long-standing problem publishers had with the star. For much of Jordan's playing career, he had a licensing deal separate from the one that included the rest of the NBA. As a result, Jordan was conspicuously absent from most NBA games over his career, appearing instead in vanity projects like his own Super Nintendo action game, Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City

Jordan cover story (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6263928.html?tag=latestheadlines%3Btitle%3B4)

It seems changes are afoot for the NBA Live series. A post on sports gaming blog Pasta Padre claims that the long-running hoops series from EA Sports will undergo a name change--from NBA Live to NBA Elite. The post also claims that the game will be "heavy on analog controls" though no specific details were available.

EA is staying mum on the issue as of now, though various official EA Sports Twitter feeds are pointing fans to the EA Sports Facebook page, promising more details this week. When contacted about the name change, here's what an EA spokesperson had to say, "We knew it was time to leave the past behind. We have exciting and significant changes coming to our NBA game this year that will usher in the future of basketball video games. We look forward to releasing information on exactly how we’ll be doing that over the next few months."

So, what are you expecting from NBA Live 11...err NBA Elite?

NBA Live name change (http://www.gamespot.com/news/6263906.html?tag=latestheadlines%3Btitle%3B6)

05-28-2010, 09:57 AM
I think it's time for the NBA/sports affiliates to move on. I am a bulls fan, but with organizations like 2K going back and putting Jordan on the cover, it just seems like they are trying to recapture the greatness of the NBA 10-15 years ago. I think its time for a makeover for the NBA and the first move would be to address Jordan as a great former player and not in this kind of light.

05-28-2010, 09:58 AM
From 2k I expect a progression on last years game. From Elite I expect it to be broken with many issues. Instead of them improving on what was a decent game last year they start from scratch every year and come up with something different. Where's the consistency. If they take this new engine and run wit it for a couple of years things will get competitive again.

05-28-2010, 10:01 AM