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New in NBA LIVE 19: Gamers can create female players

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 file photo,Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker (3) gets inside Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) to drive to the basket during the second half in Game 4 of the WNBA basketball finals in Los Angeles. Parker was named Player of the Week. Parker averaged 25.3 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists to help the Sparks go 2-1 this week, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
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Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker (3), driving past Minnesota’s Rebekkah Brunson, will be among the WNBA players EA Sports featured in NBA Live 19.

For the first time, basketball video game users will be able to create female players in “NBA LIVE 19,” EA Sports announced Friday.

Using the game mode, “THE ONE,” players will have the ability to create female game characters to take around the world on global challenges and access the same skills and progression as their male counterparts. Men and women can also play together on the same team.

The move comes after last year’s introduction of full WNBA rosters into the NBA LIVE franchise. This year, new “Icon Abilities” modeled after some of the best women basketball players in the world have been launched, including Candace Parker, Elena Delle Donne, and Brittney Griner.

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According to EA Sports, the inclusion of female players will provide gamers increased opportunities to express their individuality and create a reflection of themselves while playing the game.

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Along with this year’s addition, female gamers can scan their faces using the NBA LIVE companion application on iOS and Android to import them onto their customized player.

The game will be available worldwide starting on September 7 for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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