Well, my gut feeling is that NBA LIVE 13 is going tobe delayed for the upcoming 2013 season; and for how long would be the right question. The few things that have jumped out at me as of recent would be the negative feed back from the closed doors showing at E3 2012; the pictures and videos of the game leaked out onto the net (that got hammered by the bball communities); the absences of the NBA LIVE 13 title from EA's yearly fiscal anouncement list (which i will try and post); and finally, the anouncement of Jay-Z producing the sound track for NBA 2K13,(and what he said) below (how do you top that?):
"We are proud to announce Shawn “Jay Z” Carter as Executive Producer of NBA 2K13! He comments, “NBA 2K13 will be the next evolution in sports and basketball culture, and I’m ready to usher in the new era of the franchise.” Watch the announcement video voiced by none other than Michael Jordan.
Enjoy selections from JAY Z’s handpicked NBA 2K13 soundtrack here: http://2kgam.es/NBA2KJAYZ and use the hashtag #NBA2KJAYZ on twitter."
EA's Fiscal Year 2013 Announced Titles by Label and Platform
Q2 Games The Secret World(1) PC
Sports FIFA 13 Console Handheld PC
Madden NFL 13 Console Handheld
NCAA Football 13 Console
NHL 13 Console
Q3 Games Need for Speed: Most Wanted Console Handheld PC
Medal of Honor Warfighter Console PC
FIFA Manager 13 PC
Q4 Games Dead Space 3 Console PC
Crysis 3(1) Console PC
Maxis SimCity PC
Tiger Woods PGA 13 and NCAA13 are already passed in the Q1 section.
Years past, you would see NBA LIVE on this list; even last year they (EA) didn't even have LIVE on the list, as there was no release for them. As you see, there is no LIVE in the list; so that makes me believe they could be delaying the launch or cancelling the project as a whole.
Let's face it, the LIVE series has to come out swinging to have a chance against 2K; and with their recent news (2K), i think the devs at EA are really thinking about the latter of the two options on their project.
My thought would be to release NBA LIVE 13, but not at the sugg price tag of $60.00,but at a nice price of $30.00 which would be fair to all bball gamers, and actually give us a chance on purchasing both!
thoughts? As of Sept 27 2012, my gut feeling was absolutely correct. EA Sports cancelled NBA LIVE 13.