The lights are on
Another hoisted shot, another clank off the rim for the embattled NBA franchise from EA Sports.
Today Game Informer learned from multiple sources that EA has canceled NBA Live 13.
This marks yet another blow to EA's efforts to make a competitive NBA basketball game. In 2010, EA cancelled NBA Elite 11 over quality concerns, and moved the project from EA Canada down to EA Tiburon. Instead of diving into the project immediately, the studio took until November of last year to ramp up its development staff. That late start undoubtedly hindered the development, as the showing at this past E3 was panned by many for its poor animations and AI. Since that time, EA has kept the game under wraps.
Though EA is throwing in the towel this year, it is not ceasing development on the license altogether. In a post on the NBA Live website, EA Sports executive vice president Andrew Wilson wrote:
"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."
While many applauded EA for not releasing a game that didn't meet its standards the first go around, this second gaffe could drastically drain consumer confidence in an already diminshed brand.
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I think buying sports games are stupid. I enjoy watching sports on TV more.
2K looks great this year. EA just has not been able to compete with basketball titles
"While many applauded EA for not releasing a game that didn't meet its standards the first go around, this second gaffe could drastically drain consumer confidence in an already diminshed brand."
I'm willing to bet that the consumers who purchase EA Sports' video games don't overlap with the gamers who follow news online very much. Not being there isn't a cause for concern when they don't even know NBA Live exists. When EA finally pushes one out the door, they'll just see it at Wal-Mart or Gamestop and think, "Huh. EA put out a basketball game this year? Wonder if it's any good?"
You give gamers too much credit, Bertz.
Oh EA. Time to give up and move on to making other games.
Well, we all know that the 2K series is better anyway. Time to hang it up, EA.
I'm not surprised with the quality of basketball games EA has been releasing over the past few years. Still sad though.
Ha. What a group of failures.
they know they can never make as s good game as 2k can do. now if only 2k can get the license for nfl, ea will be doomed...2k forever!!!
I wonder if it will stop all together.
This is sad, hope EA can get it together.
man at less u had to make something new in one year for a game
This is embarrassing.
EA sports need to figure out how it make improvements. If EA sports needs to hire better game designers or uppgrade their gaming technology the do so. I cannot stand this 2K crap. NBA Live is the best basketball game of all time. EA Sports needs to get it together asap.