Sports fans will be without another basketball title from EA for the third year in a row as they have decided to cancel NBA Live 13 after facing stiff competition once again from the NBA 2K series.

After much speculation over the last few weeks and not launching a basketball title since 2009’s NBA Live ’10, it’s been confirmed that NBA Live ’13 has been cancelled. Here’s the letter to the fans straight from Andrew Wilson, EVP of EA Sports:

“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.

Andrew Wilson
Executive Vice President, EA SPORTS”

I really feel for fans of EA’s NBA series as I know how devastated I would be if I got a game dangled in front of my eyes that I thoroughly enjoyed only for it to be taken away. The only good news in this situation is that EA is not releasing a sub-par product and that NBA 2K13 is still looking like a stellar replacement.


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