We know all about the troubled history behind the doomed NBA Elite 11, which was recently delayed into a possible 2011 release. But now even that’s looking unlikely, thanks to news that the game has changed development hands following recent layoffs at EA Canada — in the 100+ count.
EA director of communications Jeff Brown stated, “As you know, seasonal roll-offs that follow game launches are common and vital to maintaining a healthy business,” he told us. “Because so many of our games ship in the holiday quarter, the team size adjustments tend to follow in the same timeframe. However, EA is growing and several of our studios are looking to hire talented people.”
So no officially confirmed count, but, yeah, EA Canada has seen better days. Word has it that NBA Elite is now in the hands of EA Tiburon, the developers behind the Madden NFL games, and that the game may not even see a 2011 release. Ouch.
On the bright side, at least NBA Jam comes out next month…