NBA Live 15, the latest entry in EA’s basketball franchise, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 7, executive producer Sean O’Brien has announced.
O’Brien hopes that the game can improve on two major areas where NBA Live 14 fell short. “5-on-5 gameplay didn’t have the depth and polish of an EA SPORTS game and our visuals just weren’t up to expectations for a next-gen title. We’ve been laser-focused on making sure that this isn’t the case with NBA LIVE 15 and I’m really excited with our progress in those two areas,” he said.
“We’ve scanned a majority of the league, and the new player heads, combined with refined player models and new lighting, makes our characters look really amazing,” he added.
The development team has also made a lot of progress with gameplay since NBA Live 14 to make the experience more realistic and fun. “We want teams to play just like their real-world counterparts, and to that end we’ve spent a lot of time this season talking with NBA coaches to better understand their schemes and philosophies, which we can then implement in-game,” O’Brien explained. “Another equally important area of focus is improving flow and responsiveness in every area where you touch the ball, and we feel that shooting, passing and dribbling all feel much better this year.”
O’Brien promised that the team would share the first gameplay details about the game in July, with more news to follow in August and September.
“Last but not least, I want to take a moment to thank all of our loyal fans who continue to believe in us,” he concluded. “Your feedback, encouragement and positivity is genuinely appreciated and has helped further motivate our team to make really big strides this year. You all are the heartbeat of this franchise, and I can’t wait to share with you how far we’ve come. It’s going to be a great year, and we can’t wait to get back out on the floor.”