EA Sports has confirmed what journalists and gamers alike have suspected: The latest installment of EA’s troubled basketball sim will not release October 2, 2012. The publisher’s announcement doesn’t give a definite release window.
According to EA press release, “Many fans have been anticipating an early October launch, but our plan is to release at a later date. We will share more information in the future.” A trailer was released along with the announcement (see below). I’m assuming the trailer is supposed to soften the blow but, instead, it really only shows why the NBA Live team needs more time.
This scenario should seem familiar to basketball fans. NBA Elite 11 experienced a similar delay right before its scheduled release. That game never came out and EA has not released a basketball sim since NBA Live 10. The irony here is that game didn’t draw horrible reviews. It wasn’t as good as NBA 2K10 but was a step in the right direction.
You might think a two-year hiatus should be plenty of time to put a game together. The complete NBA Live development team wasn’t in place until November 2011. I don’t know if the publisher could recover from another year without a basketball sim. Yet another delay has already increased skepticism about whether NBA Live 13 will ever hit the shelves.
These problems have been painful to watch unfold. It’s hard to believe this is the same company that delivers Madden NFL and FIFA Soccer annually to positive reviews. We really could be seeing the end of basketball at EA Sports.