It was bound to happen and I think most of the videogame sport community had an itchy feeling it was only a matter of time, but as of this morning EA sports once long running title NBA Live 13 has been official canned. After weeks of speculation around how exactly they would attack 2k Games Basketball dominance.The colossal sporting conglomerate has waved its white flag in defeat after leaked video and media hype at this years E3.
Read the official statement after the jump
In a statement from EA Sports Executive Vice President, Andrew Wilson
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
Very interesting to look back at the leaked footage and also interviews from NBA players that have been involved in the game and for them to pull the plug this close to the holiday season is a sign that 2k games are dominating the genre and also knowing that they would not be able to sustain another failure of a basketball game.