NBA Live 13 Cancelled / IGN says 2k13 “might be best sports game of all”
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IGN just released a glowing review of NB2k13 and said
It’s both scary and exciting to think how good a game we might get if NBA 2K actually had a serious competitor pushing it to new heights. But even when left with a clear, unobstructed path to the basket, 2K13 throws down a monster jam with this year’s edition – probably the last one developed solely for this generation of consoles. It’s obviously the best hoops game out there, and it might even be the best sports game of all, period.
If the countless awesome viral videos and welcomed news by 2kSports wasn’t enough to make EA Sports kill the NBA Live franchise then this IGN review is the killshot and nail in the coffin.
Yesterday on the EA Sports website, the Executive Vice President of EA Sports posted an update viewed only 535 times (as of Friday morning) announcing the death of the once loved king of hoop games. He also gave some “perspective” on why.
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
I was actually looking forward to seeing NBALive make its return and I really do hope they try to come back next year but every year they stay out of the game the harder it’s going to be to get back into it.