10:06 PM - August 28, 2007 by Steve_OS
EA SPORTS TO CAPTURE NBA STARS GO-TO MOVES FOR NBA LIVE
NBA LIVE 08 Cover Athlete Gilbert Arenas Hosts Paul Pierce, Josh Howard, Monta Ellis, Shawn Marion and Randy Foye This Week at EA Canada
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – August 28th, 2007 – Fire up the Hibachi! Electronic Arts Inc(NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today NBA LIVE 08 cover athlete Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards) will host the NBA LIVE Summer Camp taking place at EA Canada in Vancouver, BC on Wednesday, August 29. Along with Arenas, NBA stars Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics), Josh Howard (Dallas Mavericks), Monta Ellis (Golden State Warriors), Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns) and Randy Foye (Minnesota Timberwolves) will be on hand to have their go-to moves authentically represented in NBA LIVE through motion capture.
NBA LIVE Summer Camp, open to the media but not to the general public, will provide the NBA players the opportunity to get their first look at NBA LIVE 08, give feedback to the development team, and get them on the court for a little friendly competition. As an added bonus, Arenas will pull out the hibachi and grill lunch for his guests.
“One of our biggest goals has always been to develop the most authentic sports games on the market,” said Jordan Edelstein, Director of Marketing, EA SPORTS™. “Bringing in some of the NBA’s best athletes to EA for motion capture gives us the means to create a basketball experience as realistic in the videogame as you see it on the court.”
During the motion capture session, the NBA players will be dressed in a custom fit suit with reflective markers. Cameras – each with their own light source – surround the floor and record the point of light reflecting off the markers as a dot on the screen. The “bones” of the game character are pulled around by the dots in the same manner a string would pull a marionette’s body around. This data is transferred into the game and enables the development team to realistically represent that player’s movement as a videogame character. EA Canada is home to the largest motion capture studio in the world pumping out more than a half-million seconds of animation delivered each year with 200+ shoot days.
All six players attending NBA LIVE Summer Camp will be paired with kids attending the event from Burnaby KidSport during their friendly shoot-around in the gym. This locally-based not-for-profit organization raises and distributes money for kids in Burnaby, B.C., aged 5 to 17 who would not otherwise be able to participate in organized sports due to financial barriers. This will be led by EA Canada’s Community Relations program, EA™ Cares, which has a strong tradition of supporting the community.
EA SPORTS™ is the leading interactive sports software brand in the world, with top-selling titles and franchises including Madden NFL Football, FIFA Soccer, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® and NASCAR® racing.
NBA LIVE 08 will be available in early October for the PLAYSTATION®3 and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment systems, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), Xbox 360™ video game system from Microsoft and the Wii™. NBA LIVE 08 will ship to retailers on PC in late October. NBA LIVE 08 has been rated 3+ by PEGI and “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB; visit www.esrb.org or www.pegionline.eu for updated rating information. For more information, log onto www.nbalive.com. This event is open to the media and not open to the general public.