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NBA Live 13

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Genre: Sports
Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Tiburon
Release Date: October 2012

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'NBA Live 13' (ALL) Gets Axed, Maybe Next Year

by Rainier on Sept. 27, 2012 @ 1:58 p.m. PDT

The NBA Live franchise returns with innovations to core gameplay, presentation and online experiences that connect you to your friends and to the real world of basketball all season long.

NBA Live 13 delivers the excitement of authentic NBA basketball with smart and spectacular gameplay.

Featuring an all-new Playmaker Engine leverages animation technology that delivers unprecedented feel, responsiveness and authenticity to NBA Live 13, while also fully integrating ESPN broadcast package, bringing the gold standard of televised NBA games to the franchise.  Your favorite NBA players are brought to life with photorealistic heads, authentic body types, signature moves and emotions.  With best-in-class online technology, NBA Live 13 provides gamers with a meaningful and progressive online experience that gives gamers and friends the ability to connect and compete. So hit the hardwood and start creating your highlight reel with NBA Live 13!

Earlier this year we had the chance to see NBA Live 13 at E3 2012, but alas it seems that the basketball franchise that has been sidelined since 2009, will yet again not take the court this year.

EA Sports Executive VP Andrew Wilson issued the following statement:

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.


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