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New NBA Jam Downloading To HD Consoles This Fall

No Wii version announced. BOOMSHAKALAKA.

Development on the next NBA Jam is heating up. In a press release, EA Sports revealed NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, a proper follow-up to last year’s NBA Jam title for the Xbox 360 and PS3. In an ironic twist, EA has decided to make this one an actual downloadable game on both platforms--On Fire Edition will see releases on XBLA and PSN, just like its predecessor was supposed to before EA Sports scrapped NBA Elite 11 and turned Jam into a full retail release.

Just for a bit of reference here, NBA Jam for HD consoles was once a download attached to the purchase of NBA Elite 11, the long-awaited reboot of the NBA Live franchise. But when things went south for the new Elite and the project was canned, EA decided to drop NBA Jam on discs and then add in extra features via patch downloads. NBA Jam’s sole planned retail release was on the Wii, a platform the developer hasn’t mentioned at all in its On Fire announcement press release. 
  

  


As most sports sequels tend to promise, On Fire Edition will supposedly ship with tweaks and new features based on fan feedback. New AI that is based on the system used in the Fight Night games is, perhaps, the most important of the new features mentioned so far, but fans can also look forward to roster updates and a co-op “Road Trip” component that will have pals battling it out against legends and current stars in “a series of white-knuckle challenges” against each NBA team. Also, look forward to the usual NBA Jam trimmings: wild animations, secret characters, a scary announcer, and so on.

No word on pricing just yet, and as I mentioned, no word on a possible Wii release. I should also note that EA Sports doesn’t rule out a potential retail release for On Fire Edition either in this press release. 

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Posted by BradNicholson

Development on the next NBA Jam is heating up. In a press release, EA Sports revealed NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, a proper follow-up to last year’s NBA Jam title for the Xbox 360 and PS3. In an ironic twist, EA has decided to make this one an actual downloadable game on both platforms--On Fire Edition will see releases on XBLA and PSN, just like its predecessor was supposed to before EA Sports scrapped NBA Elite 11 and turned Jam into a full retail release.

Just for a bit of reference here, NBA Jam for HD consoles was once a download attached to the purchase of NBA Elite 11, the long-awaited reboot of the NBA Live franchise. But when things went south for the new Elite and the project was canned, EA decided to drop NBA Jam on discs and then add in extra features via patch downloads. NBA Jam’s sole planned retail release was on the Wii, a platform the developer hasn’t mentioned at all in its On Fire announcement press release. 
  

  


As most sports sequels tend to promise, On Fire Edition will supposedly ship with tweaks and new features based on fan feedback. New AI that is based on the system used in the Fight Night games is, perhaps, the most important of the new features mentioned so far, but fans can also look forward to roster updates and a co-op “Road Trip” component that will have pals battling it out against legends and current stars in “a series of white-knuckle challenges” against each NBA team. Also, look forward to the usual NBA Jam trimmings: wild animations, secret characters, a scary announcer, and so on.

No word on pricing just yet, and as I mentioned, no word on a possible Wii release. I should also note that EA Sports doesn’t rule out a potential retail release for On Fire Edition either in this press release. 

Posted by choffy21

Of course I bought the disc version. OF COURSE.

Posted by ghostofchode

Sounds good

Posted by buft

they should have left the first one downloadable, i would have bought it.

Posted by Hizang

I enjoyed the PS3 version, but not really enough to get another one, that game fills my NBA Jam fix
Posted by heatDrive88

Curious to see what features they will pack into this. I bought the disc version, and am satisfied with it, but I could see where it could use some tweaking, especially in the ease of blocking which is especially noticeable when using a character that has a low block rating.

Posted by ajamafalous

Seems like a strange choice for such a quick followup.

Edited by Kraank

Already bought the disc, 
BOOMSHAKALAKA

Posted by LordAndrew

Another NBA Jam already?

Posted by JohnPaulVann

Don't buy this shovelware. Don't even watch the previews. If you have to, play the 16 bit home version. 

Posted by Tesla

Too bad they didn't do this the first time around.  Better late than never I suppose, I would love to get an updated Jam but I'm not paying more than 15 bucks.

Posted by Metal_Mills

This is why I waited.

Posted by RecSpec

Had fun with the disc version, but something I wouldn't have bought.

Posted by Hailinel

Yeah, no.  NBA Jam doesn't strike me as a sports series that can sustain yearly iterations.

Then again, it's probably still going to be better than whatever NBA sim EA pulls out this year.

Posted by Daiphyer

Great, will save some MS points for this.

Posted by rmanthorp

I wish they got this right the first time around... I bought the disc version and I am now so buthert that I will definitely buy this thing and NEVER play the disc version again... 

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Posted by NMC2008

Glad I held off on the disc version.

Posted by jonnyboy

EA make up your fucking mind.

Posted by Sylinder

But...

Posted by RE_Player1
@NMC2008 said:
" Glad I held off on the disc version. "
Me too. If this is a fully featured $15 downloadable game I'll defiantly pick it up. 
Posted by MysteriousBob

Haahaha, so glad I held back.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85
@RE_Player92 said:
" @NMC2008 said:
" Glad I held off on the disc version. "
Me too. If this is a fully featured $15 downloadable game I'll defiantly pick it up.  "
Or it could be a games on demand thing. A fully featured 49 dollar game. But downloadable!
Posted by Malphye

Kept waiting for Jam to hit the 9.99 price point but now I'll end up getting this version instead.

Posted by Tuggah

I still play the disc NBA Jam all the time. Not sure if i will get this though.

Posted by JJOR64

And the milking begins.

Posted by Cheesebob

Well fuck.

Posted by GreggD
@Hailinel said:
" Yeah, no.  NBA Jam doesn't strike me as a sports series that can sustain yearly iterations.Then again, it's probably still going to be better than whatever NBA sim EA pulls out this year. "
They said it will get roster updates, so it won't be a yearly game.
Posted by Xpgamer7

EA. Stop being weird.

Posted by Diablochicken14

For some strange reason my friend and I play NBA Jam every single night and have a blast, so this is fantastic news! 

Posted by icytower38

This will be interesting, just hope EA doesn't really plan on milking this yearly. Every other year, or so, would be a better idea if they want to go this kind of road.

Posted by cikame

I was waiting for this, no way was i going to put a disc in every time i wanted a 10 minute session on Jam, it was supposed to be downloadable the second they thought about making it.

Finally, the game i've been waiting for.

Posted by Shane

Bought the disc version for €11 last week, which will probably be cheaper than the downloadable version

Posted by carlthenimrod

Should have been a downloadable game in the first place.

Posted by pavakah

What they should do is ship you a disc copy of the last build of NBA Elite 2011 with your purchase of NBA Jam.  This would accurately reflect the purchasing intent of many people who were going to buy that game last year, anyway.

Posted by Alphazero

Yep! I will buy a downloadable version. Thanks!

Posted by JJWeatherman

NBA Elite 11, the long-awaited reboot of the NBA Live franchise.    

How was it long-awaited? There was a Live 2010. It was just the next year's game... and it still sucked.
Posted by Sarkhan
@Alphazero said:
"
                Yep! I will buy a downloadable version. Thanks!
            "
Posted by thehuntsmen5434

Good. I didn't buy the retail version because I felt 50 bucks was way too much for a game that felt like a download title.  Glad I held out.

Posted by tourgen

countdown to Jam 2010 server shutdown 10..9..8..

Posted by FesteringNeon

Finally, I was waiting for this news before buying the game.
Now if only they'd price it at $20 instead of $40-50 which i'm guessing they'll do.

Posted by MormonWarrior

Here's hoping they update rosters and get FREAKING MILLSAP ON THE JAZZ! Why wasn't he there in the first place?

Also, Michael Jordan. And Muggsy Bogues.

Posted by scarace360

FINALLY!

Posted by Hot_Karl
@choffy21 said:
" Of course I bought the disc version. OF COURSE. "
Fucking A, right?

How about you fix the first goddamn version of NBA Jam instead of releasing an all new one, EA?
Posted by Diablochicken14

Hopefully they fix the online code because the online is broken as all hell!

Posted by Andorski

Good things come to those who wait.

Posted by drac96

This one better have Bill Clinton in it too.

Posted by BlatantNinja23

This really pisses me off.... I was perfectly ok with this until the "  but fans can also look forward to roster updates." Honestly for them to announce that they only going to do a roster update for the  iphone version, and then a couple weeks later say hey if you want the update on your console as well you can buy our stripped down version, is kinda bullshit. 

Posted by FiestaUnicorn

I wonder if you'll be able to shoot in this one.  In the last one any shot attempt that wasn't a dunk was blocked.
Posted by Metallus

Hmm, will probably buy this'n.

Posted by sins_of_mosin

I'll pass on this and pretty much any other versions they spit out.  They totally destroyed the AI and the game isn't fun to play at all.  Typical EA Sports cheating in a EA Sports game.