With NBA Live 16, EA Sports is looking to bring the drama of the co-op and competitive scene right to your living room over the waves of PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold, but those looking to fire up a couch co-op Live Pro-Am may be left wanting. Pairing that online functionality with the myriad of improvements to the core game, Executive Producer Sean O’Brien stresses that the team at EA Sports has been, and will continue to actively listen to community feedback.
The all-new Live Pro-Am mode is centered on delivering a thrilling online environment for players to cooperate toward their goal of being kings of the park, or take on other teams in 5 on 5 matches across courts dotting the country.
“LIVE Pro-Am provides an opportunity for our fans to compete WITH their friends online,” O’Brien said, “. LIVE Pro-Am is inspired by Pro-Ams all across the country and the idea that regular basketball players can compete with NBA superstars on any given night.”
Live Pro-Am is the star of NBA Live 16 letting players customize everything from their Jordan’s to tattoos, and even importing their own face via the NBA Live companion app for Android and iOS. Taking the core of what makes Pro-Am events around the country such a phenomenon in the current landscape of basketball and making NBA Live 16 share that core. O’Brien said,
The amazing part about basketball right now is that this is what is happening in Pro-Ams all summer. There are no egos.
Parks from the real world mesh with the virtual in courts like Hoop Dome, Seattle Pacific University, Brooklyn Park, Kezar Pavilion, Rucker Park, Venice Beach, and Jordan’s own Terminal 23.
O’Brien says the magic and hype of a real-world Pro-Am is exactly what EA Sports is shooting for with NBA Live 16. “It’s just players playing the game because of the love and passion they have to play and compete and that is the environment that we hope to create with NBA LIVE.”
EA Sports is also using valuable feedback from an internal program called GameChangers to improve the NBA Live experience from headband to high top.
“we have an unbelievable group of basketball and sports gamers that volunteer their time to be a part of our GameChangers program at EA Sports,” O’Brien explained, “We bring these guys in multiple times throughout our development cycle to help bring to fruition the features that players see in the finished product.”
In itself this would be a big step toward getting the real-world feel of not just the NBA and Pro-Am circuit, but the experiences of the NBA Live fan base piped in, but EA Sports isn’t content with just group feedback.
“We have community managers and developers on the game team speaking to our fans throughout the year listening to feedback and suggestions on how to make our game better,” O’Brien stressed, “we listen to what fans want and we attempt to deliver what they want. It’s that simple.”
NBA Live 16 makes its fast break on September 29, 2015 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4