For the first time in video game history, WNBA teams will be playable in a top-quality sports game as EA Sports announces that the women's pro basketball league's teams and players will be included in the upcoming NBA Live 18 video game.
The WNBA will be available in WNBA Play Now, and EA Sports says teams and player skills have been specifically balanced to reflect the unique playstyle of the league and skills of its players.
“We are extremely proud to partner with the WNBA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) on this groundbreaking occasion,” said NBA Live Executive Producer Sean O’Brien. “The WNBA is home to some of the most incredible athletes on the planet, and we’ve been working hard to integrate them into our game in an authentic and meaningful way. This is only a taste of what we have in store, and look forward to working with the league on more great integrations in the franchise in the future.”
In order to incorporate the league’s teams and players, the NBA Live 18 team conducted head scans of star athletes like Maya Moore, Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles, Sylvia Fowles, Alisha Gray, Chelsea Gray, Jonquel Jones, and Alyssa Thomas, and held motion capture sessions with 2017 WNBA Draft first overall pick, Kelsey Plum, among others. Additionally, game creators fine-tuned player ratings and skill moves in order to present the league and its stars in the most authentic way possible. Fans will be able to experience the best of the WNBA when NBA Live 18 launches this Fall.
"On behalf of the players, we believe that combining technology and entertainment is a powerful way to not only recognize and value our brand of basketball but to also increase fan connectivity and engagement,” said Nneka Ogwumike, WNBPA President/LA Sparks.
NBA Live 18 is developed by EA Tiburon and will be available worldwide this September for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.