EA Cancels NBA Live 13

by: Dan -
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A couple days ago, John posted that NBA Live 13 was going to be delayed because the game didn’t look good enough.  Well, yesterday in an inconspicuous blog post, Andrew Wilson, Executive VP of EA Sports announced that EA was flat-out cancelling NBA Live 13 because the game wasn’t going to be ready for an October launch.  The post mentions that the game was not meeting expectations for a high quality experience, and rather than launch mid-season, EA felt it was better to sit out the year.  Here is the full wording of Wilson's post:

NBA Live Announcement
After a lot of consideration, we have made the decision to not launch NBA LIVE 13. I'd like to give you a bit of perspective.

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.

Maybe Wilson just wanted to get flopping out of the game just like the NBA does, but who knows.  But it sounds like the game will be built with an eye toward next year, making me wonder if they plan to redevelop it with a plan to release it on new hardware from Microsoft, Sony as well as the Wii U.  The biggest concern is that the development teams was struggling this much to resuscitate a game that has been on the shelf for at least three years and still wasn't ready.
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