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Bad news for any NBA Live fans still out there. EA Sports announced today via a post on its website by its Executive VP, Andrew Wilson, that NBA Live 13 has been cancelled. This is the second time EA’s NBA basketball video game has been permanently shelved with NBA Elite 2011 (which was supposed to replace the NBA Live series) being delayed just week before its scheduled release back in the fall of 2010, before being outright cancelled.   According to Wilson’s statement, NBA Live 13 just wasn’t up to snuff, so far, and wouldn’t be in time for its scheduled October release.

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.

The last version NBA Live to make it into stores was NBA Live 2010, released in 2009. As for NBA Live’s direct competitor, NBA 2K13, a star studded launch party for the game was held last night at the 40/40 Club with Jay-Z serving as host and a performance by Meek Mill.

NBA 2K13 is out October 2. As for NBA Live 14; your guess is as good as ours.


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