NBA Elite 11 was to be the 2010 and first installment in the NBA Elite series (formerly NBA Live), developed and published by Electronic Arts. It featured current Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant on its cover and had a release date of October 5, 2010.
On November 2, 2010, the game was cancelled.
In NBA Elite 11, the controls have been completely revamped. There is now a right stick-centric control scheme. The animations have been changed from what they were in past games. The dribble moves have been changed so there are new and more animations than there have been in past games. Shooting the ball involves more skills than in the past, because the right stick is now used instead of a button. Some are comparing this to NBA 2K.
In this year of NBA Elite 11, a new Commentary team will take the place of Marv Albert and Steve Kerr. The ESPN crew of Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mike Breen will be in the Booth in this year of Elite.
Become Legendary Mode
On August 9, 2010, EA Sports unveiled Become Legendary Mode. It is a singleplayer career mode similar to EA Sports' NHL and FIFA Be a Pro Mode, and Madden's Superstar Mode. This is the first time a mode like this has been in an EA Sports basketball game.
Bonus NBA Jam Game
On August 3, 2010, EA announced that NBA Jam, which was originally announced to only be for the Nintendo Wii, would be released on NBA Elite 11 as a one-time code for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. There are three modes that can be played using the code: Play Now, Classic Campaign, and Online.
Development and cancellation
The developers of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions aimed to completely change the game's control system, but were pressed for time with an eighteen month development cycle. A demo was released while the game was being finalized. The demo was plagued with glitches that were much publicized, including one involving a player freezing in the middle of the court, stuck in a T-pose (also called the crucifixion pose). Developers were aware of an animation bug, but intended to fix it before release. After internal review of the game, EA found the product to be unsatisfactory and canceled the game.
However, some copies, especially for the PS3, made it into circulation.
The iOS version is criticized for all the rookies having the same generic look. most players are depicted as bald, regardless of how much hair they may have. In Season Mode, which runs the same schedule as the NBA, all the home and road games are reversed. (The Nets opened the actual season at home against the Pistons, but in the game, they open in Detroit)
- All-Star Kevin Durant Named Cover Athlete of EA Sports NBA Elite 11
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- NBA Elite 11 Gets New Announce Team
- "Become Legendary" Mode Unveiled For NBA Elite 11