After almost a whole two year’s worth of trying to put together a new basketball product from EA Sports, the team has decided to not launch the highly-anticipated NBA Live ’13, marking another year in which 2K Sports has complete monopoly over the NBA video game world.
The world has not seen an NBA simulation game made by EA Sports since 2010. In 2011, the team was unveiling a new way to play basketball games with a new passing control in the re-branded NBA Elite 11. Elite featured Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant on the cover but it did not make its way to markets due to enormous bugs and animation glitches. However, since then EA Sports revived the NBA Jam series which is mainly an arcade-type 3-on-3 version of the game.
EA Sports Executive Vice President Andrew Wilson released this statement on the EASports.com NBA Live blog:
“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.”
As you may expect, fans of the NBA Live series are extremely unhappy. There were differences in the NBA Live series from the 2K series that made NBA Live a lot better. However, with the absence of NBA Live and EA Sports from the NBA world, 2K sports has made its game one of the best basketball games of all-time.
This year, NBA 2K13 will feature the Olympic Dream Team and this year’s Olympic Team so gamers could battle one another. More legends and legendary teams will also be featured in the game as well with an updated “My Player Mode.”
When NBA Live does get back to the consoles, it will surely be something great.
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