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Sonny Corinthos
02-23-12, 04:55 PM
Kyrie Irving, the NBA's No. 1 overall draft pick for 2011, appears to have outed EA Sports' intention to return to the NBA Live name when it publishes a simulation basketball title this fall for the first time in three years.

"In Orlando for #AllStar checking out the #FutureOfBasketball with @EASPORTSNBA. Get to see the new #NBALIVE13!" Irving tweeted about 90 minutes ago. EA Sports' official account then retweeted that picture above of Irving playing the game.

Reached by Kotaku, EA Sports confirmed both the name and the game's release later this fall. "This fall we'll launch an all-new experience that captures the future of basketball with NBA Live 13," a spokesman said. "More to come soon."

A subsequent tweet from Irving said more details will be coming from EA Sports' NBA Facebook page on Monday.

NBA Live was rebranded as NBA Elite for its 2009 edition, which ended disastrously when the title was scrapped with one week left before release. EA Sports had attempted to reinvent its basketball simulation, which had lagged behind 2K Sports' NBA 2K series, particularly on this console generation, but instead delivered a glitch-filled effort.

EA Sports then chose not to publish in 2011, citing the need to shore up the project, which was moved from EA Sports Canada to its Tiburon studio in Florida. An NBA lockout that wiped out the first month of the season also likely influenced the decision.

The embarrassment associated with 2009's aborted launch may be why the series is moving away from the NBA Elite label. Also, today "Elite" may also be more associated, in gamers' minds, with Activision's Call of Duty service, too.

http://kotaku.com/5887735/ea-sports-confirms-a-return-to-the-nba-live-name?utm_campaign=socialflow_kotaku_facebook&utm_source=kotaku_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

nickdawgy
02-23-12, 06:21 PM
:lol:

We'll see if they get it right this time. Live hasn't been good since the early 90's.

It's weird how EA sucks at making basketball and football games (ok maybe not suck, but definitely not as good as the 2k series was) but their hockey and baseball games are considered the best.

jamespoo
02-23-12, 07:07 PM
i do really love nba live but to me all the games are the same

fujishig
02-23-12, 07:07 PM
They have a baseball game? I thought the best was considered to be Sony's game.

I know people have problems with 2K, but i don't see how they can beat them at a basketball sim at this point...

NiCK Crush
02-23-12, 10:23 PM
They have a baseball game? I thought the best was considered to be Sony's game.

I know people have problems with 2K, but i don't see how they can beat them at a basketball sim at this point...

they USED to have a baseball game. The Triple Play series that later evolved into the MVP series. They lost the rights to MLB and released once NCAA Baseball game under the MVP banner before just calling it quits.

nickdawgy
02-24-12, 03:24 AM
Well the deal with 2k runs out this year, so the rumor is due to slow sales of 2k baseball, they'll pass on renewing it, and that would open the door for another MVP Baseball.

But the last MVP game like the last 2k Football game is considered to be one of the best.

But we'll see.

jdpatri
02-24-12, 03:15 PM
they USED to have a baseball game. The Triple Play series that later evolved into the MVP series. They lost the rights to MLB and released once NCAA Baseball game under the MVP banner before just calling it quits.

And I really liked that NCAA game. Loved the tweaks they made. It was the first baseball game that felt relatively fresh in a long time.

Maxflier
02-24-12, 03:46 PM
I look forward to getting another basketball game to try because 2k is frustrating the hell out of me with the CPU cheating and overall scripted feel of the games.

Jam Master Jay
02-24-12, 05:12 PM
NBA Live 2003! That's the last time I really remember enjoying a NBA Live title.

Daryl
02-24-12, 09:59 PM
I'd be more excited if someone announced a new college basketball game.

jdpatri
02-24-12, 10:26 PM
I'd be more excited if someone announced a new college basketball game.

Yep. NCAA was Also the last basketball game I put any significant time into. 2K11 was cool, but I didn't spend more than ten hours with it overall. And most of that was just screwing around on dunks.

DJariya
02-27-12, 12:23 AM
Hopefully taking a 2 year break will help out. The NBA Live series was my favorite on the Sega Genesis and PS1. They just can't seem to get it right with the XBox 360.

I'm probably in the minority, but I enjoyed NBA 2K12. I am interested in seeing what EA comes up with in this newest edition.

I still have my NBA Live 10, which I haven't touched for several months.

:lol: I still get a kick out of the Youtube video of the NBA Elite demo that featured the Andrew Bynum halfcourt Jesus bug.

TheKing
02-29-12, 03:57 AM
:lol:

We'll see if they get it right this time. Live hasn't been good since the early 90's.

It's weird how EA sucks at making basketball and football games (ok maybe not suck, but definitely not as good as the 2k series was) but their hockey and baseball games are considered the best.

It took EA years to get baseball right. Triple Play devolved into a piece of crap. They finally handed the title to a new team, gave it a new name (MVP Baseball), and it became the best baseball game hands down. I really hope EA gets back into baseball next year.

I'm not saying they'll make a comeback in basketball, but EA has managed to rebuild a sports franchise before.

Matt
08-06-12, 11:46 AM
Who's still excited for NBA Live 13? :lol:

Deadspin: For NBA Live, An Uncomfortable Silence Speaks For Itself (http://deadspin.com/5932022/for-nba-live-a-dead-silence-speaks-for-itself)

Let's be candid. As a licensed sports video game, when your series hasn't been on shelves in three years—a gap not seen since the days games were played on cartridges—you really face just one expectation and it's a pretty low bar: Just come out. Launch. Release on time. Somehow, over the past week, NBA Live has left the dreadful message it could suffer the same embarassing fate as its NBA Elite ancestor, canceled in 2010 a week before it was due in stores.

Maybe NBA Live is put under a different lens by gamers because of what happened two years ago, or because it's published by Electronic Arts. But considering the legacy left by Elite, letting any doubt about the game's viability go unanswered, even in the enthusiast press, would seem to be the one pile of dog doo this game's handlers should have avoided at all costs. And now, they've stepped in it.

Two weeks ago, Operation Sports—the Sporting News of sports video gaming—noted the total silence from EA Sports about its NBA product since a disastrous E3 appearance. Tuesday, in a conference call with investors, no mention was made of NBA Live releasing in the final three months of 2012. Wednesday, word spread this game might have a fully digital release suggesting a lower price point, and feature set, than a traditional $59.99 retail sports video game. The response from NBA Live spokespersons was that the game "continues to drive toward beta."

EA Sports has aggressively pushed the talking point that NBA Live 13 isn't coming off a three-year development cycle, and that's reasonable. Elite represented an entire year of wasted development. The project was reassigned to a different studio, and the new team had to tear it down and understand what it was working with. That accounted for a lot of 2011.

But this isn't Duke Nukem Forever or Half-Life 3. The release date of a simulation sports video game is predictable years in advance. If NBA Live 13 misses that date, for any reason, the reaction will be swift and merciless. It'll be as good as failing to launch.

When I inquired about Live's omission from the publishing calendar, I was told it was a technical decision made by the company's investor relations division. There's still no formal release date assigned to this product, even though the NBA usually sets it for the first Tuesday of October. Following up, I asked if "at this stage," could EA Sports say whether its NBA simulation game would release on that date, or on any date before the season tipped off Oct. 30.

"At this stage, yes," was the reply.

EA Sports was plenty happy to announce the return of NBA Live back in February, and through a pre-alpha phase when hard questions really weren't being asked of it. But the honeymoon ended at E3, and so did EA Sports' communication.

What I saw in a guided, hands-on preview in Portland, Ore. at the end of May isn't what people saw in a closed-door demonstration at Los Angeles, or what a handpicked group of NBA Live community members played at a private event that week, either. The game at E3 showed startling deficiencies. Some had an excuse—a bug in the rebounding logic required them to turn off some collisions in that build. OK, but other gaffes had no explanation. For example, I saw an AI-controlled Dwyane Wade running back-and-forth, repeatedly, from the perimeter to the high post while the opposing guard held the ball.

It was enough to make me ask if I was looking at a different build. I was, EA Sports said, but it was a later build than the one shown to me at Portland. Whether that spawned new glitches, who knows. They chalked it up to bad demonstrations—spontaneous manifestations of bugs when the spotlight was on. Demos with celebrities in the room went much better, I was told. At the time, there was talk of showing a build of this game to press-myself included—in late July.

"You guys need to show this to your community before you show it to me again," I said.

Give credit where it's due. Roundly disparaged as a PR stunt and a rubber stamp, NBA Live's advisory council, a group of gamers convened in multiple expenses-paid trips, has honestly held this game's feet to the fire. After the hands-on in June, they flatly told EA Sports they shouldn't even have brought it to L.A. It's my understanding they're no happier with it today. Rumor, reported by ESPN, is that NBA Live was pulled back from EA's Summer Showcase this past week; the Advisory Council's disapproval likely figured in, though I can't say for sure. A no-show in British Columbia two weeks before may also be because the council wasn't giving a thumbs-up.

Granted, the council isn't made up of ordinary video gamers, or even ordinary sports video gamers. They understand both sport and game on an extremely technical level. One of them played overseas professionally. I heard him counsel an animator on the differences between Derrick Rose's and Kendrick Perkins' jab-step. In my preview, I might have been looking just for signs of life, or examples that the game could deliver on conceptual promises. They were looking for something that behaves like the league they watch every day. They didn't see that, and the fact this was a pre-alpha work in progress was no excuse.

Regular sports video gamers may not care so deeply but their suspicion that NBA Live is in trouble is just as founded, given the silence from EA Sports once things started going badly. These are the paying customers who really need a definitive statement that the game is on schedule—if that statement can be made.

I was told back in early June that NBA Live had major announcements coming—yes, plural. But considering it has not named any cover star, nor formally declared a release date, nor shot down rumors it won't have a retail version, I'd be surprised what kind of reveal could take precedence over the basic messaging expected of a sports video game two months before its presumed release.

Kedrix
08-06-12, 01:10 PM
Who's still excited for NBA Live 13? :lol:

Deadspin: For NBA Live, An Uncomfortable Silence Speaks For Itself (http://deadspin.com/5932022/for-nba-live-a-dead-silence-speaks-for-itself)



And the crowd goes...MEHHHHHHHH -rolleyes-

DJariya
09-27-12, 04:14 PM
http://www.easports.com/nba-live/news/article/nba-live-13-update

NBA Live 13 has been cancelled. They will make another attempt to do it next season.

cruzness
09-27-12, 04:20 PM
I'd be more excited if someone announced a new college basketball game.
:thumbsup:
Yep. NCAA was Also the last basketball game I put any significant time into. 2K11 was cool, but I didn't spend more than ten hours with it overall. And most of that was just screwing around on dunks.
:thumbsup::thumbsup:
http://www.easports.com/nba-live/news/article/nba-live-13-update

NBA Live 13 has been cancelled. They will make another attempt to do it next season.

Sounds like the perfect opportunity to say bring back the college game.

fumanstan
09-27-12, 05:16 PM
I hope they stick with getting the basics right in an NBA game. I have zero interest in college basketball.

cruzness
09-27-12, 05:24 PM
How dare you sir.

LosingMyMind
09-27-12, 06:14 PM
The only one I've ever played and even own:
http://www.chronicgames.net/images/games/snes/snes-nba-live-95-box-front.jpg
I prefer:
http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_luqov0w1hb1qzgghfo1_400.jpg

The Dude
09-27-12, 06:19 PM
Wow, Live '95 used to piss me off so bad. You'd have to shoot 80% from the field to even have a chance at winning any of the games, it was just ridiculous.

Drexl
09-27-12, 06:31 PM
http://www.easports.com/nba-live/news/article/nba-live-13-update

NBA Live 13 has been cancelled. They will make another attempt to do it next season.

Can we get a thread title change?

"EA Sports Confirms the Return of NBA Live's Cancellation"

cruzness
09-27-12, 07:10 PM
:up: