It can’t have escaped anyone’s attention that NBA Live 13 news has been scarce since E3, with the most recent developments being the release of the first official trailer and confirmation that the game isn’t slated for release on October 2nd, both coming last week. Since there has been much speculation about the game’s status, I thought that I’d reiterate that as far as we know, the game is not cancelled and will be released at some point, though the actual release date remains unknown at this time.
As far as the future of the series is concerned, recent job listings on EA’s website are advertising a handful of positions on the NBA Live Development Team at EA Tiburon. This would seem to suggest that EA is intending to continue the series next year with NBA Live 14 despite speculation of its demise, which has come about as a result of the uncertainty caused by the lack of information and negative reactions to the preview media seen so far, both leaked and officially released. Look out for more discussion on this in the next episode of our Podcast, which will be out very soon.
Finally, Leftos has noted a Tweet from Ronnie 2K mentioning that “affiliations to other games” are preventing 2K Sports from revealing overall ratings for certain players as part of the hype for NBA 2K13. LeBron James and Deron Williams are two notable stars whose ratings have not been mentioned in 2K’s updates, with Williams appearing on the cover of Majesco’s NBA Baller Beats. This may suggest that LeBron James does indeed have some involvement with NBA Live 13, as heavily rumoured.
That’s about all we know at the moment, hopefully it clears up a few questions I’ve been seeing. Right now there’s more speculation and rumours than there are facts, but we’ll be doing our best to bring everyone concrete info as soon as we can get it. In the meantime, feel free to continue the discussion in the comments below, as well as in the NBA Live 13 section of the NLSC Forum.