EA delays NBA Elite 11, will release NBA Jam separately

This year’s entry in EA’s rebranded NBA series has slipped; in order to look out for “the best interest of our consumers, our company and our shareholders,” NBA Elite 11 is now likely a 2011 title.

No actual new release windows have been revealed, but work on the title will continue “until we’re certain we can deliver a breakthrough basketball experience,” EA Sports’ president Peter Moore says.

“As with all of our titles, we continue to evaluate and improve the code right up until launch. Feedback from consumers is a very important part of the process. NBA ELITE had the benefit of play-testing, a demo and a lot of our own research. All that feedback revealed some concerns about gameplay polish, so we’ve listened to your feedback, and made a judgment that the game would benefit from more time in development.”

Basketball aficionados will still get their fix though, albeit in a different form; the arcadey NBA Jam will be released as a stand-alone game for all systems. The PS3/360 versions were previously set to ship on the Elite game disc, but will now be sold separately along with the Wii version; the Wii version will launch on the October 5th, the others “in time for the holidays,” EA promises.

More information on NBA Elite 11 is “coming soon.”