NBA Jam Will Be out on PS3 and 360 In November

It looks like I wasn’t being liberal in my interpretation of Peter Moore’s use of the word “ship” in relation to NBA Jam on the Xbox 360 and PS3, because the game is getting a full retail release on those consoles on November 16. Yes, I said November 16, otherwise known as two weeks and four days from right now. And it’s going to cost $49.99 for a game that is only half-functional at launch.

EA basically admits in their press release that the game won’t be finished in time to hit that date. In their own words…

At launch, gamers will be able to take on all rivals playing Classic 2-on-2 online for the first time ever, measuring their success on Friends and Global Leaderboards. In December 2010, the online features for NBA JAM will expand significantly with several major online features being delivered through a free title update for connected gamers. In December, connected fans will be able to team-up locally and online to compete in Remix Games, including classic arcade hoop games like Backboard Smash, Domination Free-for-All, Elimination, and 21. Fans will also be able to make it a Jam Party online by inviting up to 3 friends to play. Plus, gamers will be able to take on the world in Online Progression, levelling up through a series of challengers and secret online JAM Challenges to unlock online exclusive rewards and hidden content in the ultimate quest for global bragging rights.

Interesting. Really, though, who plays NBA Jam online?

If you’re intrigued by this, you’ll want to check out Shawn’s review of the already-released Wii version of the game.

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