Yesterday the first Content Update for NBA LIVE 14 went live on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. I wanted to provide a bit of context for what it does and how it sets the table for both small changes now and big changes down the road.
The most important piece that we’re adding is a change to our technology around our LIVE Update system. This is the first step in our plans for NBA LIVE 14. Many of the changes in this update are things you won’t actually see – technology additions that will pave the way for the additions to come. This will allow us to update and add content such as gameplay tuning, new animations, audio and visual assets directly to you as they become available. This applies to cosmetic changes like new uniforms, shoes, accessories and so on, but also allows for ongoing gameplay and graphical improvements.
While new technology is a big part of what we’re releasing, there are other, immediately apparent improvements that players will notice right away. We’ve tuned shooting so that nailing the timing for a jump shot is a bit easier, as well as cutting down the number of blocked jumpers on the perimeter. These enhancements should make both mid-range and long-range shooting more realistic, and will make it more fun to play as a stretch 4 or a sharpshooting guard.
In addition, we also fixed a crowd audio issue in BIG Moments within our LIVE Season game mode, as well as changing the camera used during single player challenges. We’ve also made some tweaks to make online games more enjoyable by adjusting the shooting window. A number of other fixes and tweaks should help create a smoother overall online gaming experience.
Now, I’m sure you’re also looking for an update on some of the bigger projects we told you last month we’d deliver – improving the way the game teaches the controls and on-boards new users, and more visual improvements. We continue to work on all these items and will update on progress early in the New Year. However, we will use this new LIVE update system to enhance your experience as we make improvements to the game.
It was important to get this first Content Update in place, to not only provide fans with new content and game improvements as we head into the holidays, but to also put in place the pieces of technology we need to roll out some of the new additions that will be coming next year. We’ve promised to deliver an improved experience, and feel this is the first step down that road. Rest assured there is still more to come, and we’ll have more info to share in the coming weeks.
Thanks and Happy Holidays!