EA Sports has posted a major update on the future of the NBA Live series, via another open letter from Executive Producer Sean O’Brien over on the game’s official website. The announcement reveals that NBA Live 17 will not ship in the Fall of 2016 as usual, but instead the game will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2017. A new version of NBA Live Mobile will be released later this year.
Hey LIVE fans:
I want to share some important updates on what’s next for NBA LIVE and give you an overview of where we’re going with the franchise over the course of this year.
It’s important that you know that we are committed to NBA LIVE in the console space. While we won’t be shipping a product this Fall, we will be back on the courts with something new and exciting for you to experience in early 2017.
Our focus this year is to deliver an amazing, high-quality basketball game to a global audience. The best way to do that is through the fastest growing, largest, and most accessible gaming platform…mobile. As a team, we’re really excited about taking the franchise to new places with the worldwide release of our mobile game later this year.
More details to follow in the coming months!
Executive Producer, NBA LIVE
While the move is certainly risky, and not the news that NBA Live fans were necessarily wanting to hear, hopefully the additional development time will allow the game to finally make a strong comeback, with the depth and quality that we’ve been hoping for since the reboot. We’ll certainly be discussing our thoughts on the announcement and what it means for NBA Live 17 in more detail in this week’s Episode of the NLSC Podcast.
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