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NBA Live 19 Will Not Use Frostbite Engine - All Modes Getting Love, But Gameplay is the Focus

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NBA Live 19 Will Not Use Frostbite Engine - All Modes Getting Love, But Gameplay is the Focus

The new executive producer of NBA Live 19, Seann Graddy stresses gameplay will be the priority for this years game, in a recent article at Game Informer. The article also mentions NBA Live 19 will not feature the Frostbite Engine, but it will share feature-related technology at EA Tiburon that could make feature sets easier to share in the future.

Graddy also tells Kotaku, all of the modes will get a little bit of love at some level.

“We tried to address at least a couple [of criticisms] regardless. Our focus is to still do things differently; we want to build a game for a younger, new demographic.”

We should hear quite a bit more about NBA Live 19 as we approach EA Play, which starts on June 9.

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  1. Makes me wonder about the future of NBA Live. Are they testing sales and feedback for this year before deciding to use Frostbite engine? I hope I am wrong.
    I am glad they are concentrating on game play.
    Frostbite is not very important. They are doing the right thing here and focusing on enhancing a good base. It took about 3 years but they finally put out a product with good mechanics overall. Let's hope EA Play shows the big improvements
    Here's the direct quote from that Game Informer article, and to me it seems a bit misleading in regards to this.
    "Although NBA isn't on the Frostbite engine like Madden, the franchises now share feature-related technology at EA Tiburon which could make the sharing of feature sets easier in the future."
    This just seems believable to a certain extent for me. Like why not say" NBA Live" or "Live" instead of just "NBA"? How's it considered "feature-related technology" if they aren't on the same game engine technology? Maybe the devs on Live 19 are now influenced by Madden devs on features? Even tho they'd still be on separate engines that's what I'm getting from this.
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    oneHova
    Here's the direct quote from that Game Informer article, and to me it seems a bit misleading in regards to this.
    "Although NBA isn't on the Frostbite engine like Madden, the franchises now share feature-related technology at EA Tiburon which could make the sharing of feature sets easier in the future."
    This just seems believable to a certain extent for me. Like why not say" NBA Live" or "Live" instead of just "NBA"? How's it considered "feature-related technology" if they aren't on the same game engine technology? Maybe the devs on Live 19 are now influenced by Madden devs on features? Even tho they'd still be on separate engines that's what I'm getting from this.
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    Hopefully they copy the following features from Madden 19:
    Full Roster Editing
    Roster Share
    Create & Share Draft Classes
    TecmoZack
    Interesting. Frostbite is for outside elements right? Shading, shadows etc?
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    It is a graphical engine. So yeah, purely for graphics.
    Gameplay being the number one focus is huge. Expanding on the one makes so much sense too. I can’t wait to see more.
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    Rockie_Fresh88
    They are implementing “real player motion “ from madden 19 and FIFA 18? into live 19.
    https://www.polygon.com/2018/5/26/17398954/madden-nfl-19-nba-live-19-preview-e3-2018

    This quote from the article doesn't sound good...."Our focus is to still do things differently; we want to build a game for a younger, new demographic.”
    I hope I am wrong but sounds like Franchise mode is not a priority again with this statement. Sound like more gimic modes will be area of concentration.
    “We tried to address at least a couple regardless. Our focus is to still do things differently; we want to build a game for a younger, new demographic.

    This scares me.
    Yup that “younger new demographic” comment can’t be good. Hope I’m wrong but that seems like an  ultimate team and competitive online driven statement.  
    Not worried about Frostbite. The graphics and lighting are already great in this game.
    What I am pumped for is that it's getting "Real Player Motion"
    With concentration on gameplay and RPM, I'm pretty excited.
    tfcfan4life

    This scares me.

    "Our focus is to still do things differently; we want to build a game for a younger, new demographic."???
    This is kinda a weird statement seeing the demographic that plays these sports games are already younger people. Does he mean they are trying to make the game to kids? Cuz if so then they are totally trying to go a more "arcade-ish" route. I sure hope that is not the direction they are heading.
    tfcfan4life

    This scares me.
    Indeed it does.
    I'm my mind, that means more Orange & Bape clothing. I understand this move but I don't want the NBA portion playing second fiddle again. Time will tell.
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    Im an old Live fan. I just want the Nba portion of the game on point. We need Live season mode back, kindof like the Nba today on the other game. For play now games, we need stats and commentary to match the current season.
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    Trying to base the game on a younger demographic makes sense to me and I'm 31, but you have to realize most people that support Live support it from playing it back in the day when we were the young demographic, as of lately Live has been the trash basketball product compared to 2k for this new young demographic so they are just trying to get that crowd over to their game now, since the guys like myself will most likely support the game anyway just to keep it afloat.
    It will be the same youth movement Madden has had for the past handful of years. Where Madden got all kinds of training modes and a whole lot of auto everything. That is all fine and dandy as long as you have the option to turn that stuff off. So if you been playing Madden the past handful of years, you know what the youth movement will be about.
    Makeufamous NDZ
    "Our focus is to still do things differently; we want to build a game for a younger, new demographic."???
    This is kinda a weird statement seeing the demographic that plays these sports games are already younger people. Does he mean they are trying to make the game to kids? Cuz if so then they are totally trying to go a more "arcade-ish" route. I sure hope that is not the direction they are heading.

    If they're going in an arcade-style direction they might as well give up. Nothing they do will ever be better than NBA Jam or NBA Street, two games that everyone looks to when they want arcade basketball.
    They had a great foundation last year, so if they're completely changing course this year then it must be a last ditch effort to keep the series alive.
    But, they could just be making it an NBA version of Fortnite since that's the direction everyone else seems to be going.
    More animations, more signature styles, and access to the park venues in practice and exhibition game modes.
    That's all I want. If you can do that without Frostbite, I'm in.
    BA2929
    If they're going in an arcade-style direction they might as well give up. Nothing they do will ever be better than NBA Jam or NBA Street, two games that everyone looks to when they want arcade basketball.
    They had a great foundation last year, so if they're completely changing course this year then it must be a last ditch effort to keep the series alive.
    But, they could just be making it an NBA version of Fortnite since that's the direction everyone else seems to be going.

    I don't think that necessarily means going in an arcade-style direction. I think they will try and grow the one and LUT to draw in more youth. The other game is HUGE with the younger audience. Both my kids play it. They love MyTeam and My Player.
    Not sure where the "arcade-style" assumptions are coming from, I'm pretty sure the younger demographic these days couldn't point out an arcade if you led them to it.
    I don't have a problem with it and expected it.
    I'm not a graphics hound anyway. As long as it looks decent and plays smooth, I'm good. As long as they work on face scans and body types, I'm okay with the graphics.
    But I'm glad to hear gameplay is main priority. If they work on core gameplay and add RPM, than game will play alot smoother
    cthurt
    Trying to base the game on a younger demographic makes sense to me and I'm 31, but you have to realize most people that support Live support it from playing it back in the day when we were the young demographic, as of lately Live has been the trash basketball product compared to 2k for this new young demographic so they are just trying to get that crowd over to their game now, since the guys like myself will most likely support the game anyway just to keep it afloat.

    Funny reading this because I'm 31 like you, and like you I grew up playing live on the sega genesis and playstation back in the day. We're old now I guess lol.
    Fist Of Kings
    Funny reading this because I'm 31 like you, and like you I grew up playing live on the sega genesis and playstation back in the day. We're old now I guess lol.

    LOL I like to call us seasoned gamers.
    cthurt
    LOL I like to call us seasoned gamers.

    I’d like to call it “guys that never lost hope” despite live going downhill
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    BA2929
    If they're going in an arcade-style direction they might as well give up. Nothing they do will ever be better than NBA Jam or NBA Street, two games that everyone looks to when they want arcade basketball.
    They had a great foundation last year, so if they're completely changing course this year then it must be a last ditch effort to keep the series alive.
    But, they could just be making it an NBA version of Fortnite since that's the direction everyone else seems to be going.

    They brought in alot of community players and youtube guys to see the game recently. They are very vocal about what the game needs so I dont believe it will be all arcade.
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    rockchisler
    They brought in alot of community players and youtube guys to see the game recently. They are very vocal about what the game needs so I dont believe it will be all arcade.
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    Those youtubers pre-visits are garbage. We all know better that by now.
    They all comeback and YouTube there little vids....”Live is back”, “watch out 2k”, “game is lit this year”.
    Live comes out.....you don’t hear from them again......
    Mintsa
    Those youtubers pre-visits are garbage. We all know better that by now.
    They all comeback and YouTube there little vids....”Live is back”, “watch out 2k”, “game is lit this year”.
    Live comes out.....you don’t hear from them again......

    Some of those guys of been down there before.
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    rockchisler
    Some of those guys of been down there before.
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    Yes I know that.....I’m just saying. They talk up a storm pre-release and then go silent after release. Then talk up a storm come August/September and then go silent again. Rinse/repeat.
    Mintsa
    Yes I know that.....I’m just saying. They talk up a storm pre-release and then go silent after release. Then talk up a storm come August/September and then go silent again. Rinse/repeat.

    The only YouTuber that goes down there that I will listen to is KSpade. He'll give it to you straight and plays some Live every now and then. Everyone else, I agree: talks it up and you'll never hear/see from them again.
    MDSavageBeast
    The only YouTuber that goes down there that I will listen to is KSpade. He'll give it to you straight and plays some Live every now and then. Everyone else, I agree: talks it up and you'll never hear/see from them again.

    I met Spade at EA Play and hung out with him, put a bug in his ear and had a great long convo. He's a real dude.
    Same with Shakedown, we hung out right at the kiosk watching others play after we did for awhile and he was even calling out suggestions on the spot... don't think anyone was writing stuff down though.
    At least those 2 give it to you straight. IKC was there too and im sure he did as well, but we didn't talk long so i have no guage on him but he didnt seem fake either.
    OH and HipHopGamer was there with his belt lol. He was just whelmed. He could tell it needed more work.
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