Along with announcing James Harden as the cover athlete today, EA also revealed that NBA Live 18 is releasing on September 15 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Instead of early access, pre-ordering NBA Live 18 saves you $20 off the $59.99 USD regular price. As GameStop shows, this $20 savings applies to both the physical and digital versions.
The “groundbreaking” NBA Live 18 demo launches tomorrow, August 11, for PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live members. All progress made in the demo will transfer over to the full game. According to players in regions where the demo is already out, it’s 13GB on PS4 and 20GB on Xbox.
Here’s what to expect from the demo:
In the NBA Live 18 free demo, players will experience The Rise, the prologue section of The One – an all-new way to pursue your legacy, centered on the player and defined by your choices. Progress made in The One during the free demo can be carried over into the full game, so players jumping in early can continue their experience when the full game launches.
Players in the free demo will also be treated to specially-timed Live Events – limited-time activities with special rules, rewards and characters, only available in The One. Rewards earned in weekly Live Events will also carry over into the full game, giving players reason to regularly come back and check out the new events in order to earn new rewards.
The free demo rounds out with a Play Now experience between the NBA Finals rivals Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. The NBA Live 18 demo is available to all players with Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus.
Xbox One owners with an EA Access membership will save an additional 10% on a digital copy of NBA Live 18.