The feeling across the board for awhile now was that NBA Live 13 was dead in the water (see links at the bottom). I didn’t believe it, and after some of the gameplay leaked I was partially excited. NBA Live was making a comeback as NBA Elite 11 was canceled. This was after NBA Live 10 was one of the best in the series and it easily competed with NBA 2k. I for a fact was one of the big NBA Live 10 fans and bought it day 1 and skipped 2k for the only time this generation.
So little to say, but I was pumped. The gameplay leak from awhile back is hard to find on the web now, EA constantly gets it pulled. It was solid though, the foundation of the game was the Elite 11 animations (that sucked), but the presentation was spot on and looked like a dead replication of the NBA on ESPN. If you’ve played FIFA 13 you’ll get the idea as it was a very similar deal and if you haven’t played it yet stay tuned for my review.
EA announced this afternoon that they have decided to cancel NBA Live 13 and work on next years game. Sorry for those of you excited for a new Live, and one that was planned to release via Digital Download for a fairly low price. Here’s the press release from Andrew Wilson, Executive VP of EA Sports:
“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.”
Executive Vice President, EA SPORTS
In my opinion it’s time to just walk away from NBA Live, do NBA Jam and find a new sport to go after. We’ve heard 2k won’t be back for the MLB next year, so why not take that team and work on a new Baseball game.
- NBA Live 13 delayed, no release date in sight (joystiq.com)
- Report Says NBA Live 13 Will Be a $20 Digital Download [Rumor] (kotaku.com)
- NBA Live 13 Delayed Out Of Early October (g4tv.com)
- NBA Live 13 footage leaks, shows basketballs are still full of air (joystiq.com)
- NBA Live 13 footage leaks: 10 minutes of gameplay revealed (vg247.com)
- NBA Live 13 Has Not Been Secretly Cancelled (kotaku.com.au)
- NBA Live 13 Is Delayed, But This Trailer Suggests It Hasn’t Been Cancelled (kotaku.com.au)