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NBA Live 13 cancelled by EA Sports

NBA Live 13 has been cancelled by EA Sports, according to a statement by EVP Andrew Wilson on the game's official website.

"After a lot of consideration, we have made the decision to not launch NBA LIVE 13," said Wilson. "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."

The franchise is expected to arrive once more with the release of NBA Live 14, although disappointed fans will need to wait at least one year for that to arrive.

Edited On 27 Sep, 2012

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shenmue4real 4 years ago
No loss IMO. The series has never felt right compared to the 2k series but at the same time competition is good. My guess is they will bring it back when the next XBox and PS launch.
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Bindiana 4 years ago
It seems strange for EA to let a franchise like this disappear seeing as it has been going since the megadrive days I presume the 2K games are far superior. I dont think the NHL series does that well over here either never see many copies of it around.
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Dead 4 years ago
No great loss, wasn't impressed by the last one I played, number 10 I think, and that was 3 years ago, so missing another year is nothing really. The worrying thing is that they've had 3 years already to make a decent game, and they still can't manage it.
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Oliver 4 years ago
Never played a NBA game but EA did this with their cricket series and now they haven't made one for years. ;(
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scourge 4 years ago
not surprised by thus at all, 2k's NBA series was always superior to EA's.

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