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The following is a list of frequently asked questions about NBA Elite 11. If you would like to ask a question to be added to this list, please feel free to use the Discussion page.


When was NBA Elite 11 originally scheduled to be released?

NBA Elite 11 was originally scheduled for release October 5th 2010 in North America.

Why was NBA Elite 11 cancelled?

NBA Elite 11 was delayed following extremely negative reactions to the demo, released on September 20th for the Playstation 3 and September 21st for the Xbox 360. Its cancellation was then confirmed on November 2nd 2010.

Is this the end of EA Sports' sim basketball franchise?

No, NBA Elite 11 was not the end of the NBA Live series. The series is now produced by EA Tiburon rather than EA Canada, and returned with NBA Live 14.

Was NBA Elite 11 going to be available for the PC?

NBA Elite 11 was slated to be released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 only.

Why doesn't EA Sports release their basketball games on the PC anymore?

EA Sports have previously cited "serious business challenges" as the reason many of its prominent titles are currently not being released for the PC. The current speculation is that a combination of the increase in piracy, decrease in sales and competition in the console market has firmly established consoles as EA Sports' platform of choice.

Will NBA Live ever come to the PC?

As of November 2019, it is unknown if EA will ever release another NBA game on the PC platform.

Were Legends going to be included the game?

No, Legends were not set to be included in NBA Elite 11.

Were the Dynamic DNA updates going to be free? Will they be free in the future?

Dynamic DNA updates would have been provided free of charge in all new copies of the game while second-hand copies would have required the user to purchase a subscription from the Xbox Live Marketplace or Playstation Store. It is likely that this arrangement will continue through EA Sports' partnership with Synergy Sports.

Was NBA Elite 11 going to use EA Sports Online Pass?

Yes, NBA Elite 11 would have made use of EA Sports Online Pass, which requires a valid activation code. Beginning with the 2011 season, brand new copies of EA Sports titles include a complimentary code and will not have to pay any fees to play online (excluding Xbox Live fees for Xbox 360 users). Second hand EA Sports titles without a valid Online Pass activation code require the user to purchase an activation code at a cost of $10/800 Microsoft points.

Was NBA Elite 11 taking the place of NBA Live 11?

Yes, NBA Elite was an attempted re-brand of NBA Live by EA Sports. They have since reverted to the NBA Live name.

Why did EA Sports change the name from NBA Live to NBA Elite?

The change was a marketing decision intended to freshen the brand and reflect major changes to the game, including real-time physics and Hands-On Control. Following the negative reception to the demo and cancellation of NBA Elite 11, EA has gone back to the NBA Live brand.

Was presentation going to be different in NBA Elite 11?

NBA Elite 11 intended to make greater use of the ESPN license to replicate an NBA television broadcast with a new three man commentary team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson (the NBA on ESPN/ABC team).

Was there a single player career mode in NBA Elite 11?

Yes, Become Legendary was set to make its debut in NBA Elite 11. It has subsequently been replaced by Rising Star in NBA Live 14 onwards.

Was the option to use classic-style controls available in NBA Elite 11?

In addition to the new controls, NBA Elite 11 was also going to include an alternate control scheme that was basically the same as the one used in NBA Live 10.

Where is the NBA Elite 11 demo?

EA Sports have removed the NBA Elite 11 demo from the Xbox Live Marketplace and Playstation Store following the negative reception and the decision to delay (and eventually cancel) NBA Elite 11.

What is the situation with NBA Jam for the Xbox 360/Playstation 3?

A code to download three modes of NBA Jam was originally going to be included with NBA Elite 11. There were also rumours that downloadable content would be released at some point to unlock the Remix Tour and other features that were previously exclusive to the Wii version of the game. With the indefinite delay and eventual cancellation of NBA Elite 11 however, EA Sports released NBA Jam as a standalone game on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.