Things likely aren’t rosy within the massive halls of Electronic Arts since the company has officially put the kibosh on NBA Live 13. After announcing the game would be delayed, possibly into early next year, EA has officially decided to cancel the game all together; resulting in the 2nd straight year in which EA has failed to ship a NBA game despite having one in active development.
This news comes as an obvious financial blow to EA as it’s another blunder for the company and a slap in the face more or less to gamers hoping for an alternative to the NBA 2K series from Take Two. EA Sports Executive Vice President Andrew Wilson was the one to announce the demise of NBA Live 13 and of course such dire news was spun into a positive light despite the internal stake burnings that are likely going on right now. “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,” said Wilson regarding the cancellation of NBA Live 13.
Perhaps most of us knew that NBA Live 13 wouldn’t be a massive success if it hit retail, but it’s kind of embarrassing for EA to send yet another year of development time and money down the drain since the product they were developing was either inferior or downright bad. I have a feeling EA and whichever dev team gets a stab at the series next will have to do some massive soul searching and conceptualizing if they ever want to release a NBA sim game that can stand up to the NBA 2K series since Take Two’s NBA offering keeps getting better with every passing year.
The news of NBA Live 13’s cancellation obviously means gamers will have to wait until next year, and the potential launch of the next-gen Xbox, to see an EA basketball game. I don’t know if having another year and another list of development don’ts will be enough as I’m of the mind EA should just scrap the Live series all together and go back to the fan favorite NBA Street franchise. It’s been way too long since we’ve seen a NBA Street game, at least a proper one, and revitalizing the series would at least make use of EA’s NBA license instead of letting it languish and further accumulate a financial loss of what has to be north of $80 million at this point.
Will the third attempting at rebooting the NBA Live series be the charm for EA or will the company finally wise up and bow out gracefully? It’s honestly hard to tell what will happen, but I have a feeling things will be extremely silent for a long time before we have an answer either way.