No plans to bring back Def Jam, NBA Street, says EA Sports boss

Thursday, 13th October 2011 08:54 GMT By Johnny Cullen

New EA Sports boss Andrew Wilson has admitted there’s no current plans to bring back the Def Jam or NBA Street series’ following recent reboots of FIFA Street and SSX from the company.

When asked about bringing back both IPs, Wilson merely noted “not right now” to The Guardian.

“We’re always looking at when the right opportunity may happen. We launched NBA Jam at the end of last year and we’ve launched NBA Jam: On Fire Edition on PSN and Xbox Live this month. Fifa Street is coming back for the first time in three years and SSX is back for the first time in four,” he said.

“We never say never, but it has to be at a time where we have a team that’s passionate about the property. What we’ve found is that passionate teams build great game. If we have that sort of team and we think the time’s right to make that sort of product, we’d jump right back in there.”

The last Def Jam game was Icon for PS3, 360 and PSP back in 2007, while the last installment in the NBA Street series was the excellent Homecourt for PS3 and 360 in the same year.

EA Sports announced the SSX reboot late last year, and is currently prepping it for a January 2012 launch on PS3 and 360. FIFA Street’s return was announced at gamescom earlier this year, and is down for a March release on the same platforms.



  1. K-V-C

    i really loved the def jam series except !!! def jam icon was such a let down. gonna miss it aggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :(

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Clupula

    Always thought the Def Jam series was ridiculous. I mean, I know rap lends itself to that sort of silliness, but rappers going around beating the shit out of people like they’re real-life badasses? A little too over the top for me (don’t even get me started on the 50 Cent games). My friends and I used to make fun of the concept by talking about a hypothetical sequel that used Norwegian black metal bands.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    I don’t see a big difference between rappers and Norwegian black metal bands.

    The Street series had a lot of potential, especially NFL Street. The fact that NFL Blitz hasn’t been properly handled since the 90′s screams to high heaven, but with EA handling the licence and needing to please the bureaucrats in the NFL, I don’t see how that’ll happen.

    “It’s a family game” – Yeah…

    #3 3 years ago

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