E3 2018: NBA Live 19 Drives to the Hoop on September 7

The next iteration of EA's semi-annual hoops game will be released late this summer.


At its annual EA Play not-E3-but-sort-of-E3 conference, EA announced an early September release date for NBA Live 19 on Xbox One and PS4. 

NBA Live 19 looks to continue EA's well-received tradition of including a story mode in addition to exhibition games, online play, and other features designed to let players dial in the series' simulation elements exactly to their liking.

EA has a bevy of new features planned for this year's installment of NBA Live. "Players will be invited to take their game around the world, facing opponents on new courts in Paris, Brazil and the Philippines, with each court and tournament offering unique rules and challenges specific to those courts," per a press release sent to Shacknews. "NBA LIVE 19 also marks the introduction of Real Player Motion (RPM) Tech into the franchise, introducing thousands of new animations and smoother gameplay than ever before. The game offers more choices for clothes, shoes and gear, and a new progression-system modeled after some of the sport’s greatest icons."

One change on the technical side is that NBA Live 19 will not run on EA's Frostbite engine. In an interview with Game Informer, executive producer Seann Graddy said that EA Sports titles will be sharing tech going forward. That could meant that NBA Live will be using Real Motion Technology. We'll likely learn more about the game's underpinnings this week during E3.

NBA Live 19 joins a solid lineup of other sports titles due for release later this year, including Madden 19 for PC, marking the franchise's return to the platform after a 10-year absence.

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David L. Craddock writes fiction, nonfiction, and grocery lists. He is the author of the Stay Awhile and Listen series, and the Gairden Chronicles series of fantasy novels for young adults. Outside of writing, he enjoys playing Mario, Zelda, and Dark Souls games, and will be happy to discuss at length the myriad reasons why Dark Souls 2 is the best in the series. Follow him online at davidlcraddock.com and @davidlcraddock.

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    June 9, 2018 11:48 AM

    David Craddock posted a new article, E3 2018: NBA Live 19 Drives to the Hoop on September 7

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      June 9, 2018 2:26 PM

      how is this game still alive when its consensus that nba2k is superior for like 18 straight yrs now

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        June 9, 2018 2:31 PM

        NBA Live 18 was alright and NBA 2K18 was super gross about their virtual currency. I'm definitely interested in Live now.

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        June 9, 2018 5:21 PM

        Because 2K does shit like kill their servers, thus making single player character progression reset. I don’t think I’ll ever buy another 2K sports game after logging into NBA2K17 and finding MyCareer progress had reset. Fuck that noise.

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      June 9, 2018 3:38 PM

      why does this come out right after basketball season ends? weird

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        June 9, 2018 5:34 PM

        maybe they thought lebron would make it at least 5 games

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