In crafting a unique online multiplayer mode for NBA Live 16, EA sports knows that for players to identify and truly care about their avatar, customization is a must. Executive Produce Sean O’Brien talked exclusively with Examiner about how NBA Live 16 and Live Pro-Am are delivering on allowing the player to realize their online presence with deep customization.
“We’re letting you customize everything from what you are literally wearing to how you express yourself on the court;” O’Brien explained, “all elements from how you dribble the basketball to how you celebrate a big play, and everything in between.
Seen screenshots from the NBA Live 16 site, players can pick and choose their own tattoos in addition to the expected clothing options, as well as import their own faces via the mobile NBA Live companion app for Android and iOS devices.
O’Brien explained that the team at EA Sports was looking to not only grant the player an “enormous amount of customization”, but also carry player progress through the entirety of NBA Live 16.
“for the first time we have created a global XP system that allows your created player to progress throughout LIVE Pro-Am and Rising Star.”
O’Brien summarized from an XP and progression standpoint,
Whatever your preferred way to play, you’re always growing and improving your player.
NBA Live 16 is also aiming for realistic movement and really nailing that feel of a realistic basketball game with “Live Motion”, a system designed to keep the player in control of movement in an effort to “never feel stuck in a scripted animation” according to marketing materials for the game. NBA Live 16 also touts redesigned passing and catching systems, as well as a new shooting system to boot, putting at ease those that think sports games truly don’t change or iterate from year to year.
NBA Live 16 hits the hardwood on September 29, 2015 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.