Titanfall 2 This Fall, NBA Live Arrives In Early 2017

by Mike Futter on May 10, 2016 at 11:11 AM

EA is mixing up its schedule, with two shooters landing this fall. Titanfall 2, developed by Respawn, will launch in the fall alongside Battlefield 1.

The publisher has also decided not to go toe-to-toe with 2K Sports. NBA Live has been bumped out of the calendar year. It will now launch sometime between January and March.

A statement from NBA Live executive producer Sean O'Brien explains the decision.

I want to share some important updates on what’s next for NBA LIVE and give you an overview of where we’re going with the franchise over the course of this year.

It’s important that you know that we are committed to NBA LIVE in the console space.  While we won’t be shipping a product this Fall, we will be back on the courts with something new and exciting for you to experience in early 2017.

Our focus this year is to deliver an amazing, high-quality basketball game to a global audience. The best way to do that is through the fastest growing, largest, and most accessible gaming platform…mobile.  As a team, we’re really excited about taking the franchise to new places with the worldwide release of our mobile game later this year.

[Source: EA]


Our Take
This is an interesting move for EA. With Battlefield 1 going back in time, it is in significantly less conflict with Titanfall 2 than it would be in a more modern (or futuristic) setting. Now, Titanfall 2 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare go head-to-head. Given the history between Respawn and Infinity Ward, this is interesting indeed.

As for NBA Live, I have to wonder if EA will make it a more arcade-style game. 2K Games was dominating the fall release window, but moving to the spring with something new or different might give EA a foothold in a place it's typically weak.