The NBA Live franchise is dead, officially - that according to a teaser earlier this week on the official Facebook page later confirmed by Kotaku.
We knew it was time to leave the past behind. We have exciting and significant changes coming to our NBA game this year that will usher in the future of basketball videogames - EA
One of the big new featured of the rebranded basketball game is 'realtime physics'.
First, canned moves are being phased out in favor of real-time physics. This addresses a major concern for both critics and the development team. Where you used to be committed to an action's entire animation as soon as you punched a button, NBA Elite 11 gives you the ability to interrupt and intertwine actions on a whim. If you're driving toward the basket and a defender cuts you off, you won't awkwardly run into or around him; you can slow your roll and interrupt your movie with a flick of the left stick.
Of note is the addition of David Littman - credited for the turnaround in the NHL series - to the NBA Elite 11 development team as Creative Director.