After not having a video game representation on the market since it’s inception, the WNBA will finally be included in NBA Live 18, as announced by EA Sports yesterday.
According to EA Sports, NBA teams will be available for single-game offline play or online PvP play. You won’t be able to have a franchise with a WNBA team — or play against NBA teams — just yet.
This follows EA Sports decision to included national women’s teams in NBA Live’s soccer counterpart, FIFA 17.
Part of the release, via Sports Illustrated:
“We are extremely proud to partner with the WNBA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) on this groundbreaking occasion,” NBA Live Executive Producer Sean O’Brien said, according to a release. “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.”
The new WNBA feature even got it’s own trailer, via Twitter:
— Lisa Borders (@WNBAPrez) August 3, 2017
Gaming media outlet Polygon says that EA hinted that you might be able to use WNBA players in the game’s The Streets mode of its “The One” single-player career after the game is released. Polygon also says that EA “didn’t rule out the possibility of mixed-gender teams competing later in NBA Live 18.”
NBA Live 18 is set for release in September on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.