NBA Live 19 introduces female created players for first time in series history
For the first time ever, NBA Live 19 will include full customization for female created players, EA Sports announced Friday.
On Thursday, Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker teased a special announcement regarding NBA Live 19. She and EA Sports revealed the surprise earlier this morning:
Gamers will be able to use the created players in NBA Live 19’s THE ONE game mode. In THE ONE, players can take their game not only to the hardwood but also the streets on a number of famous outdoor courts.
“We wanted to make sure that our females were on the same footing as the males,” NBA Live 19 producer producer Mike Mahar said in an interview with espnW’s Katie Barnes. “They can play online in our head-to-head circuits, as well as in Pro-Am.”
Those who wish to create themselves in NBA Live 19 can scan their faces and upload the images to the game through the NBA Live companion app.
Friday’s announcement is another step toward improving female representation in NBA Live. The series introduced the WNBA to NBA Live 18, with WNBA teams available to use in Play Now mode. Fans could finally pit the league’s best players against one another in the virtual realm.
It’s not yet known whether the WNBA’s presence in NBA Live will grow further with the next edition.
Given the league’s general secrecy regarding player salaries, expecting some sort of general manager mode that spans multiple seasons may be unrealistic. A mode in which users can play out the 2018 WNBA season would likely be more attainable.
Barnes wrote that adding the WNBA license and then including female create-a-player is part of a “multi-year game plan to provide girls and women with adequate representation” in the NBA Live series. EA Sports appears to already be planning for its next innovation in NBA Live 20.