If this sounds familiar to you well that’s because it should. EA cancelled its version of NBA Live 12 (NBA Elite is what they called it) last year and they’ve decided to cancel NBA Live 13 this year. I’m glad they killed the Elite name which just so happened to have been the beginning of the end for their NBA franchise.
I was perhaps amongst the few who really enjoyed the NBA Live series before EA decided to revamp the whole thing and take it back to the PS2 days. There was no need to change the name to Elite and definitely no need to destroy all that had become a very reliable sell.
My suggestion is that you just concentrate on making NBA Jam better each year EA. You obvioulsy have the wrong people in place to rebound from the nightmare that was NBA Elite. If you need help though, I’m available 24/7 because I really enjoyed the NBA Live series and I wouldn’t mind seeing it again one day. However, right now the direction you’re going is full of fail.
“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”