In a not so surprising manner, after just releasing a trailer two weeks ago, and even receiving news of what we could expect, EA just shot off a press release stating that NBA Live will not be making any triumphant return this year. No digital downloads, no disc, no more trailers; just disappointment.
If it wasn’t enough to remain silent the entire time of production and a week before launch of NBA 2K13, it seems like EA Sports fans have been shot down yet again. This might as well be the nail in the coffin for the NBA Live Series.
Andrew Wilson, Executive VP of EA Sports states: “When we started the process of bringing back NBA LIVE, we knew it was going to be a long journey. We started by moving the game to a new studio. We brought in some of the best new technology that has helped fuel innovation in our other games. We launched an even deeper level of engagement with our community to gather more feedback directly from fans. And we built a whole new development team to bring it all to life. We felt like we were on the right path.
We also made a commitment to deliver a high quality experience — this is what our fans expect and what we demand of ourselves at EA SPORTS. But making great games is not easy, and we’re just not there yet on NBA LIVE 13. Having continued to look at the game over the past few days, it’s clear that we won’t be ready in October. And rather than launch midway through the season, we’re going to sit out the full year and stay focused on making next year’s game great. This decision puts us on the right track for success well into the future in a rapidly changing industry.
I’m disappointed that we have not yet met our high expectations with NBA LIVE, but I remain motivated about where we’re going. We’re committed to delivering new innovation in online, and our progress in the visual presentation of the game continues to take big strides. We also know that a great game starts with great gameplay, and this remains a huge priority for us.
This wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s the right one for our fans. I hope you’ll agree when you’re able to play the game next year.”
With this happening yet again and nothing being published since the demo of NBA Elite 11 and the production of NBA Live 10, it makes you wonder what went wrong? NBA Live was “literally” neck and neck with 2K Sports. They may have been dragged through mud for plastic players, but the loyal fans never strayed.
We’re quite curious to know what you guys think as of now as NBA 2K13 will yet again hold the crown for the best NBA title for 2012, simply because it’s the only basketball game you can get your hands on. Apparently “someone” is making bad descisions year after year and driving the franchsise into the ground.