Electronic Arts and EA Sports today announced that the entire roster of WNBA teams and players will be joining NBA Live 18 when it launches this Fall. The womens' league will be available in the WNBA Play Now mode, with teams and players balanced for the unique playstyle of that league. This is the first time that the WNBA has been available in a game.
Like the NBA players, the team behind NBA Live 18 did head scans of major players, including Maya Moore, Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles, Sylvia Fowles, Alisha Gray, Chelsea Gray, Jonquel Jones, and Alyssa Thomas. 2017 WNBA Draft first pick Kelsey Plum did the motion capture sessions.
"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." "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," said WNBA president Lisa Borders. "With EA's expertise and ingenuity, the game will provide a terrific platform to showcase the players and the league, enabling fans to experience the WNBA in a new, exciting way."
NBA Live 18 will available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this September. There will be a demo available on August 11, 2017, with progress carrying over to the full game.