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NBA Live 15 will offer a demo — but not before the game launches

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

NBA Live 15, delayed three weeks to Oct. 28, is getting a demo after all, but it won't arrive before the game's launch.

The demo will be available on Oct. 28 on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Xbox One gamers will get the same six-hour trial that is promised to subscribers to the premium EA Access program, exclusively on that console. The EA Access trial begins on Thursday and it spans all modes of the game.

PlayStation 4 gamers will get a more limited experience. One mode is an imagined NBA Finals matchup between Serge Ibaka and the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers of Anderson Varejao. The second is an on-boarding tutorial starring Portland's Damian Lillard, taking players through the game's basic controls and moves.

Save files and progress made in the Xbox One preview will be transferrable for those who buy or download the game on Oct. 28.

NBA Live 15 is EA Sports' second stab at reconstituting its beleaguered pro basketball franchise. For more on this year's edition, see this preview and this interview with executive producer Sean O'Brien from Friday.