The NBA Live 18 release will give Xbox One and PS4 gamers a second way to play as their favorite basketball teams this fall.
NBA 2k18 is the go-to game for many players, but Electronic Arts is promising new features, experiences and refreshed rosters for NBA Live 18. The One is a new mode that lets gamers create their own player and focus on his career. The decisions they make off the court change their player’s prospects and reputation. Another mode, called The Streets, lets gamers use their custom character against real-world NBA stars at real-life courts.
NBA Live 18 launches soon. Here is everything else we know about the upcoming basketball game.
NBA Live 18 Release Date, Details & Features
- NBA Live 18 Release Date
- NBA Live 18 Gameplay
- NBA Live 18 Features
- NBA Live 18 Pre-Orders
- Free NBA Live 18 Demo
- When We’ll Hear More About NBA Live 18
NBA Live 18 Release Date
We don’t know the NBA Live 18 release date. EA only showed the game at this year’s EA Play event. The company did not reveal any launch details. The game’s website doesn’t make any references to a release date either.
Some gamers believe that the NBA Live 18 release is this September. NBA Live 18 does compete with 2K Games’ NBA 2K18, and that game launches on September 19th. That Electronic Arts would want to persuade fans to buy Live before they place their NBA 2K18 pre-order seems logical. We also know that a free NBA Live 18 demo launches in August. Free demos arrive days before the games they promote, usually.
NBA Live 18 Gameplay
A video from this year’s EA Play event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo provides a brief look at what EA has planned for the entire game. It begins with brief looks at The One, The Streets and The League. A few glory shots of dunks and dribbles give you a taste of the game’s graphics. We see some player customization, play style and skill options at the end.
Gamers that attended EA Play recorded footage of NBA Live 18 that’s just surfacing on YouTube. Shakedown2012’s video showcases the graphics and mechanics for The Streets. A brief look at Archetype, Traits and Unlocks reveal some of the game’s character customization.
We know NBA Live 18 has improved one-on-one controls, a refreshed dribble system, improved player movement and better transitions. A YouTube video that focuses on Drew League Gameplay showcases these features. Drew League gives gamers a place to test their skills without playing an official NBA team.
If you don’t like what you see in these gameplay videos, know that some things could change before the NBA Live 18 launches. These videos don’t show final gameplay, according to Shakedown2012 and Electronic Arts.
NBA Live 18 Features
NBA Live 18 has new features for single player and multiplayer lovers.
The One is EA’s name for the new career system. This area has two modes of its own, The Streets and The League. Gamers get single and multiplayer gameplay within the mode, but it focuses on each player’s custom character. Gamers can customize their character’s gear, traits, play styles and abilities.
The Streets is for unofficial pick-up games. These pickup games have 5 players on each team taken from real-life NBA teams. Because they aren’t league games, sessions in The Streets take place outside league arenas. Court locations include California’s Venice Beach and New York City’s Rucker Park. A Pro-Amateur Mode in The Streets lets players compete against professionals for lower-stakes than league games. Popularity in The Streets influences how a custom character gets treated in The League, EA says.
NBA Live 18’s cooperative play, single player and online multiplayer have Live Events. Competing in Live Events gets gamers rewards for their custom player. EA will hold Live Events all year.
Franchise Mode lets gamers draft and trade their favorite athletes to get the best squad possible. It’s not clear how deep the customization goes beyond that.
For the first time ever, the WNBA will feature heavily in an NBA Live title. NBA Live 18 will have every WNBA team in a dedicated experience, called WNBA Play Now. This mode lets gamers play online against each other with the league’s current teams. EA says that it has started scanning the WNBA’s biggest stars for inclusion in the game, just like it does NBA players.
NBA Live 18 Pre-Orders
NBA Live 18 pre-orders aren’t available at GameStop, Best Buy or Target yet. Because pre-orders aren’t ready, the final price and edition lineup are unknown too.
Expect EA to announce NBA Live 18 editions and prices before the game’s demo arrives in August.
Free NBA Live 18 Demo
A free NBA Live 18 demo will give everyone with an Xbox One or PS4 that wants to try the game an opportunity to play on August 11th, EA says.
It is safe to expect this demo to act as an introduction for The One. Progress from the NBA Live 18 demo will transfer to the final game. There’s no reason for EA to commit to that if the demo only offers a look at the game’s multiplayer modes.
When We’ll Hear More About NBA Live 18
Expect Electronic Arts to reveal the NBA Live 18 release date and discuss how each new feature works in July or August. The company will want gamers to know what their money gets them before the NBA Live 18 demo arrives.