NBA Live 19 will finally let players create a female character and take them into The One mode, but they still won’t get exactly the same treatment that their male counterparts will get.
Developer EA Tiburon recently debuted a trailer unveiling the new female create-a-player feature, starring Los Angeles Sparks power forward/center Candace Parker. Players will be able to create a female basketball player in The One and play with them online or in the Streets World Tour half of the game’s now-standard career mode.
However, one thing that players won’t be able to do is bring their female create-a-players up into the big leagues of the WNBA.
When asked why, creative director Ryan Santos told Game Informer that the developer simply “ran out of time.”
“In the original designs, we wanted to have a professional path for the female characters to go into the WNBA,” Santos said. “But we took on a whole new mode and all this other stuff, and we just ran out of runway to get to that mode. But it is in our future plans. It’s something we want to deliver on ideally in the next version or after that.”
Last year’s iteration took a baby-step forward in introducing WNBA teams to standard Play Now exhibition matches without going so far as to, you know, run a WNBA franchise or even play WNBA games online. Still, the fact that players can now create a WNBA prospect, even if they can’t actually play for the league this year, can at least be taken as a good sign of things to come, even if we will have to wait an entire year for some inexplicable reason. Best of all, according to a recent blog post, there are “no differences in these limits for female players vs. male players, so everybody will have equal options when setting their player’s physical attributes.” Good on you, EA Tiburon.
NBA Live 19 launches for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on September 7th.