NBA Live 2018 will be a groundbreaking game in its own way. It will be the first NBA game that will give players the opportunity to play WNBA. All twelve teams will be present in the roster, including New Youk Liberty, Chicago Sky, Atlanta Dream, and the L.A. Sparks. You’ll be able to take the court with all major athletes from the WNBA, such as Nneka Ogwumike, Elena Delle Donne, and Sue Bird.
After years and years of basketball games, the WNBA will finally be represented in NBA Live 2018. This is a pretty important development for everyone involved. It’s about time for women athletes to get some kind of representation is large sports games, and this will certainly garner a wider market for EA sports. All twelve WNBA teams will be in the game, and some of the major players had motion capture sessions.
The executive producer of the NBA Live series, Sean O’Brien, is proud of this new development. He confirmed his delight in an official statement (via Eurogamer):
We are extremely proud to partner with the WNBA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) on this groundbreaking occasion. 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.
President of WNBA, Lisa Borders, mirrored Sean O’Brien’s sentiment, saying:
We are delighted to collaborate and make history with EA as NBA Live 18 becomes the first video game to feature the WNBA’s full roster of teams and players.
You can see the NBA Live 2018 WNBA announcement trailer below. Those that want to give the game a spin will be able to do so on PlayStation 4 and Xbox one starting August 11th, when the demo will start.