Along with announcing James Harden as the cover athlete today, EA also revealed that NBA Live 18 is releasing on September 15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. NBA Live 18 is all about creating your own identity and making your mark on the league, and I can definitely relate to that.
There will also be a demo version of the game available starting on Friday in the Playstation Store and via Xbox Live, according to Good.
Follow no one. Be the one. A mobile version of "NBA Live'" came out a year ago and has done very well, but it remains to be seen whether the series can pull itself up off the ground on consoles and avoid the fate that several other sports game franchises have faced over the last decade of contraction within the genre. "If anybody knows about creativity it's me", Harden said about the partnership.
In the demo, players can become familiar with The Rise, the prologue to a new mode known as The One.
The free demo also includes "specially-timed" Live Events to complete, with special rules, rewards and characters available only in The One. The rewards for participation in those weekly events carry over to the full game, as well. Excelling at these activities will reap big rewards, so grabbing the demo and beating the first crop of Live Events is a great way to get a head start.
We'll see how NBA Live 18 fares over the next few weeks. In a franchise first, all progress and unlocked content coming out of the experience will carry over into the full game when it launches on September 15th. Play Now mode sees the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors, the same match-up that played out in this year's NBA Finals.
They won't have to wait too long after that to see how the final game fares, as EA Sports has also confirmed that the game will be releasing on September 15 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, a little earlier than when National Basketball Association 2K18 is set to arrive (September 19).