EA Sports invited quite a few YouTubers and media outlets to their NBA Live 18 event in New York last week. The embargo was lifted today as some video footage and an interview from SLAM Online with Producer, Mike Mahar are now available.
For the most part, each video shows the same gameplay footage. Unfortunately, none of them saw any raw 5 on 5 footage. It also sounds as if we will hear more about a new feature the team calls “The One”, during EA Play later this week.
Check out the videos below, along with the interview (some snippets below), and post your thoughts.
SLAM: What can we expect to see with NBA Live 18?
Mike Mahar: We’ve taken our time to really focus on two key aspects of the game. One is our core gameplay and control, animations, fluidity, a lot of control around the rim, contact and physicality. A lot of the player nuances and customs that the players have in the game. The other aspect we took a lot of time to focus on is The One, which is our new way to play. It’s all about you and your path through the NBA and the streets. We’re really excited to show a little sneak peak of that. We think it’s a pretty big differentiator between what we’re offering as a player experience and what other sports games have.
SLAM: What was different in developing the game this time around?
MM: There’s a lot of significant differences. We really took some time to rebuild our core, some of our core gameplay technologies. We took a lot of time to redesign our modes so we can build around The One. Those are really the two areas what was different about our development plan was. We had to really start from scratch in both of those areas in order to get where we are now.