NBA Live 13 Is Delayed, But This Trailer Suggests It Hasn’t Been Cancelled

NBA Live 13 Is Delayed, But This Trailer Suggests It Hasn’t Been Cancelled

NBA Live 13 is delayed indefinitely. While EA Sports may say the game isn’t delayed because, technically, it was never given a release date, the publisher today said today it’s giving the NBA Live development team more time to shore up a game that left E3 roundly panned and had gone AWOL in the three months since.

The release of that trailer above, however, at least pushes back speculation that the entire project would be scrapped, the fate that befell its predecessor, NBA Elite 11 back in 2010. But EA Sports provided no guidance on when this game would release, whether that would be in the month of October or even 2012. A release on October 2, the day NBA 2K13 hits shelves, would seem to be off the table.

An EA Sports spokesman also would not comment on rumours that the game would be released as a download-only version over Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Store.

“The team is making steady progress, and we’re continuing our work on NBA Live,” Andrew Wilson, the executive vice president in charge of the EA Sports label, said in a statement. “We remain focused on rebuilding this franchise for the future.”

Another statement from EA Sports acknowledged that customers had been anticipating an October 2 release but “our plan is to release at a later date. We will share more information in the future.”

Questioned by Kotaku, an EA Sports spokesman refused to discuss release format, time frame, or the game’s anticipated feature set. Asked why this series, which has been off shelves for three years, couldn’t hit an October 2 release date with a 70-man team in place for a year, he said:

“We’re not going to get into that level of detail with this announcement. In early April, you saw where we were with this project and how ambitious it was, that they had to take down the code of Elite and rebuild it. Its easy to surmise that also took time, in the development cycle, to get the whole thing up to speed. It was an ambitious project and it is a challenging game to create.”

Asked if anyone from the NBA Live team had lost his job, Kotaku was told — apparently as a prepared statement — that EA Sports had “no announcements regarding staffing.”

NBA Live 13 was moved to EA Sports’ Tiburon studio in early 2011 after NBA Elite 11, the successor to NBA Live 10, was canceled one week before its release in 2010. Much of the first year of development was spent tearing down the last version of the game and salvaging its parts. The current development team didn’t hit full strength until about a year ago.


  • This sounds exactly like what happened with Elite 11. The Live series was being left behind by 2K in the leadup to the 11 release; 2K blew them away with 2K11 while EA abandoned Elite.

    I humbly suggest that EA needn’t waste their time on an NBA game if it resembles anything like the most recent Live releases, the Elite 11 demo or what we’ve seen of Live 13.

  • I agree with Andrew and Hyperthx… 2K Sports are just blowing EA out the water. Give up EA. Like a lot of basketball fans I grew up playing NBA Live but nobody cares about a new version any more.

  • There must be money in NBA games or they would have already given up after Elite 11… I doubt they can complete with NBA 2K for at least another few years (if ever), but it must be worth investing in…

  • My how times have changed, I started out a Live fan back on playstation like almost everyone has. When Dreamcast arrived with the NBA 2K series I loved it because it was different than live. (Especially the free throw shooting with the green arrows) My friends didnt even want to play 2K back then because Live was the household name, now in 2012 its 2K

    Long story short as a ps3 owner I stopped playing 2K and picked live back up because I beleive that Live is more suitable for the playstation in my opinion, I loved Live 10 especially the online play but if Live 13 is in anyway NBA Elite version 2.0 I WILL NOT BE BUYING IT!!!!!

    • They did already and I had that game, it was basically a poor man’s Madden only you could hit someone over the wall at the right angle.

      EA in my opinion just need to stop making basketball games if Live 13 is anywhere near NBA ELITE. Its bad enough they shelved the NCAA series but to put up with ELITE is even worse. It seems like EA’s teams are focusing on NCAA football, Madden and FIFA more because of how popular the sports are growing to be and are just forgetting about the college and NBA basketball fans completely.

  • EA has no idea how stupid they look right now. Alot of people have been waiting for Live 13 because 2K has way to many glithes and online problems and these clowns (EA) can’t get it together in almost 3yrs. I think its time to start making heads roll at EA starting at the top, because truth be told Madden 13 not that good neither!!!!

  • Let it go EA, just let it go.

    You’ve got the exclusive to the NFL. Might as well give NBA to 2K by default. That’ll teach you to ignore the Dreamcast. Karma is a bitch.

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