Yesterday Andrew Wilson, the executive vice president in charge of NBA Live 13, announced that NBA Live has been cancelled once again. This is the second time in three years that the troubled title has been shot down. Wilson announced the cancellation in a statement on NBA Live‘s official website:
“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.
“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.”
According to Kotaku, the game fell under heavy criticism by an advisory council of gamers. The council berated the game for its poor quality in private demonstrations and it was recommended by a majority of the council that the game not be released. It’s a bit peculiar that a company as big as EA would allow a game to fail not once, but twice in a row. It’s beginning to appear as if EA Sports no longer has the capability to build a functional realistic basketball simulation game.