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IndustryGamers recently chatted with EA's Peter Moore (formerly EA Sports label president) about the challenge ahead for EA Sports basketball games.

Quote:
We’re focused on building a great game for next year. The team has got the time to be able to look at everything that we need to do to make sure that we bring quality back up and be competitive. So we can go over the whole story again from last year - it was unfortunate, but we’re a brand and a company and a label that is very focused on building quality and we’re not just going to walk away from it; we’ve got a very, very talented team that’s already got stuff up and running even though it won't ship this year, it'll go next year. So we’ll be back.

It’ll take a while to get back, yeah. It’ll take us a few years maybe, but if that’s what it takes, that's what it'll be. We’re in our 20th year as a label... We’re not a short term player. It’s not going to happen overnight, but we’ll sit here 3, 4 years from now and hopefully we’ll be talking about what a great battle NBA 14 or 15 is versus their 14 or 15," he concluded.

Member Comments
# 1 Alfro0925 @ 08/30/11 06:07 AM
With it being sooo long between titles there's no reason this game shouldn't be leaps and bounds beyond live 10 and elite. It's a shame how so much goes into the NHL FIFA and MLB games and the NBA game seemed to become more watered down year after year. For example, the superstar abilities could've worked had they continued to build on the concept and not scrap the whole idea. The all star weekend was removed, wtf, made no sense to get rid of that they should've atleast kept it in the dynasty mode.

I hope they look into the message boards and see some of the things we want in the game and get it in there. Live 10 had a great atmosphere for each arena and if they add the ability to have stadium sounds it would blow 2ks atmosphere out of the water.
Give us the ability to use the camera for our caps like in fight night. Keep the wide variety of shoes, give the players new models that differentiate the size of say Dwight and javale McGee. Give us a halftime show, I know for a fact that the consoles are more powerful nowadays and we had a great show w/ chris berman in espn NFL 2k5. We could easily get a 0:45-1:00 Kennys pictures. Give us some eye candy, (madden 12 looks fantastic I'm seeing scrapes on the helmets) can we get Kenny and Ernie on commentary, hell get Shaq too if Charles doesn't want to be a part of the game. I have more ideas but I'm rambling and this isn't even a wishlist board
 
# 2 dragon4thQ @ 08/30/11 09:34 AM
All-Star Weekend feature was removed because the current version they had was stale and had some bugs in it. There was plans to bring it back not long after Live 10 but revamped and improved.
 
# 3 Mintsa @ 08/30/11 12:02 PM
EA should release a demo of this "work in progress" I'd love to try it out. Maybe even package a code or something with the new NBA Jam and let people who buy it beta test what they have so far with the new NBA Sim ????

Hey, it would be worth a shot.
 
# 4 xlatinoheatx @ 08/30/11 04:28 PM
Could? Could?!?!?!?!??!
 
# 5 Money99 @ 08/30/11 04:39 PM
Let's face facts.
The reason EA is on top of the sports heap is because they have more money than anyone else and can throw truck-loads of resources on their sports game.
But the minute another company comes in and equals their efforts, they lose.

There are STILL people playing NFL2K.
I still own NHL2K10 and NHL2K3 is the greatest hockey game ever made.
EA had to toss tonnes of cash on their Triple Play series (turning it into MVP) in order to compete with other games.
FIFA was getting killed by WE until they finally kicked in a few more $$$ and buy the rights to the majority of the real leagues and players.

Unless 2K rests on their laurels, I don't see EA getting ahead for quite a while. Take-Two seems determined to be the big dog on the court.
EA's name alone will help, but they better come with something ultra special to take down Goliath. Skill-stick dribbling ain't gonna cut it.
 
# 6 Behindshadows @ 08/30/11 05:27 PM
Maybe they will understand supply and demand....we are demanding a secondary title and they aren't supplying us with one.

Eventually that demand will fade and the world will be pro-2k...Meaning expectations are even going to be higher. And if their title even has the slightest glitch, EA will pay for it dearly with backlash.

Making us wait another year is just plain stupid and bad for business, now they speak of a 14 and 15 title...Just completely forgot about 12,13! So basically they are saying the heck with PS3 and 360, we'll focus on Next Consoles.

I appreciate it, but no thanks! Release 12,13 on PC and let us mod it, we'll get your game to 2k standards on our own.

You took NCAA Basketball from us, and now pulling the NBA from us too, and making up more excuses about time. Not interested! They will kill their fan base before they release another game.
 
# 7 Whaaaazuuuuup @ 08/30/11 06:52 PM
im sorry, but LIVE is finished!! it hurts me to say this, but its true. they're better off focusing on the other titles...
 
# 8 Money99 @ 08/30/11 07:16 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Behindshadows
Maybe they will understand supply and demand....we are demanding a secondary title and they aren't supplying us with one.

Eventually that demand will fade and the world will be pro-2k...Meaning expectations are even going to be higher. And if their title even has the slightest glitch, EA will pay for it dearly with backlash.

Making us wait another year is just plain stupid and bad for business, now they speak of a 14 and 15 title...Just completely forgot about 12,13! So basically they are saying the heck with PS3 and 360, we'll focus on Next Consoles.

I appreciate it, but no thanks! Release 12,13 on PC and let us mod it, we'll get your game to 2k standards on our own.

You took NCAA Basketball from us, and now pulling the NBA from us too, and making up more excuses about time. Not interested! They will kill their fan base before they release another game.
Excellent points. I never thought of them pulling the plug on this generation of consoles.
Chances are you're right and they're really focusing everything on next-gen and hope to get ahead of 2K before they lose the race completely.
 
# 9 BiggD @ 08/30/11 08:17 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Behindshadows
Maybe they will understand supply and demand....we are demanding a secondary title and they aren't supplying us with one.

Eventually that demand will fade and the world will be pro-2k...Meaning expectations are even going to be higher. And if their title even has the slightest glitch, EA will pay for it dearly with backlash.

Making us wait another year is just plain stupid and bad for business, now they speak of a 14 and 15 title...Just completely forgot about 12,13! So basically they are saying the heck with PS3 and 360, we'll focus on Next Consoles.

I appreciate it, but no thanks! Release 12,13 on PC and let us mod it, we'll get your game to 2k standards on our own.

You took NCAA Basketball from us, and now pulling the NBA from us too, and making up more excuses about time. Not interested! They will kill their fan base before they release another game.

Well said, they have had more then enough time to make NBA live/elite 12 "competitive" no more excuses EA!!!!
 
# 10 jhawk826 @ 08/30/11 10:00 PM
So will Peter Moore accept responsibility for the Live franchise being in the state that its in now? These changes happened under him.
 
# 11 Sparkles @ 08/30/11 10:11 PM
i hope it turns out to be a good product. definitely not better than 2k but decent enough to make a good sales year
 
# 12 kjjnesb @ 08/30/11 10:15 PM
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Originally Posted by jhawk826
So will Peter Moore accept responsibility for the Live franchise being in the state that its in now? These changes happened under him.
Under Peter Moore EA sports really went down the tubes this gen imo the only series that really flourished was FIFA.
 
# 13 PRAY IV M3RCY @ 08/30/11 10:34 PM
Yea honestly with the way 2k basketball has evolved u can't help but imagine they would be top dogs in basketball and football if the NFL haven't of went exclusive. Just because you r a company thats been around the longest has the most money doesn't.necessarily mean you r capable of creating the best video game. This is secretly a cry for NFL 2k to come back because Madden has had too many chances to catch up
 
# 14 Tpitt85 @ 08/30/11 10:43 PM
this makes me laugh... this reminds me of what rebuilding NBA teams do nowadays ownership knows that the franchise or product is garbage so what they do is tell everybody that we are in "REBUILDING" mode so that they will have an excuse for not being good. me personally i think LIVE/ELITE 13 will still not be as good as Live 10 because the person who made live 10 good IMO ( Mike Wang ) is now playing for the other team.
 
# 15 DaveDQ @ 08/30/11 10:53 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Money99
Let's face facts.
The reason EA is on top of the sports heap is because they have more money than anyone else and can throw truck-loads of resources on their sports game.
But the minute another company comes in and equals their efforts, they lose.

There are STILL people playing NFL2K.
I still own NHL2K10 and NHL2K3 is the greatest hockey game ever made.
EA had to toss tonnes of cash on their Triple Play series (turning it into MVP) in order to compete with other games.
FIFA was getting killed by WE until they finally kicked in a few more $$$ and buy the rights to the majority of the real leagues and players.

Unless 2K rests on their laurels, I don't see EA getting ahead for quite a while. Take-Two seems determined to be the big dog on the court.
EA's name alone will help, but they better come with something ultra special to take down Goliath. Skill-stick dribbling ain't gonna cut it.
It gets said so often, but the NBA Elite dilemma is absolute proof that competition can be so beneficial in the world of sports gaming. NBA Elite was a wake up call because of the competition. Without the competition NBA Elite still gets released, and even if the game bombs, the consequences aren't so harsh. In fact, NBA Elite never is because without competition, there's no reason to change the name from Live to Elite. But you include the competition (NBA 2K) and you have EA pulling the plug on Elite because across the way another game will expose their effort. So badly that they are willing to take millions in hits.

But for all those crying foul when EA buys up a license with the intention to own the market, this is the crier's redemption. No exclusives, just develop a basketball video game. And all you have to do is take a look at Live/Elite and you sit back and think, "They couldn't do it." The competition beat them.
 
# 16 truintellectplaya @ 08/30/11 11:25 PM
No disrespect but there will probably never really be competition again. You quit, and that is going to be held over your head. You have to be better than 2K basically out the box whenever you come back or people are gonna say we waited this long for this? I think they should try to focus on MVP baseball and bringing it back, maybe do a college basketball game since 2K left the market. Direct competition with 2K basketball is not good for EA and I would not doubt that the case would be the same if they did not get the exclusive in football. Just look MLB 2K baseball it is okay but I think someone else could do better, exclusives are not the answer for the fans and direct competition in basketball video games is not what EA wants with 2K, but it is good that EA is kinda facing reality, somewhat.
 
# 17 SwagDoc101 @ 08/30/11 11:36 PM
what i think alot of dont realize is that u cant build a game that can compete with 2k11 in 2-3 years it takes 10 years with alot of trial and error to get the right mixture when creating such a great game ...theres still peices from the original 2k that i notice in 2k11 ...EA has a tough challenge ahead of them and maybe they wont be aable to compete untill nextgen consoles are out...and to be honest it wouldnt be fair to ask them to be as good as 2k with an entire revamp of their game..only way they can compete out of the box is by completely ripping 2k off... i'll look forward to playing their game in about 5 years
 
# 18 Alfro0925 @ 08/30/11 11:43 PM
We should have some type of game by now I'd be happy if they ported live 10 to the pc this year
 
# 19 SeerMagicX @ 08/31/11 01:37 AM
I guess I'm the only one not happy with the current 2k basketball games.
 
# 20 khaliib @ 08/31/11 02:01 AM
I would love to see what a 2k College Basketball would look like.

Interesting Moore doesn't mention anything about a College Basketball seeing as they have the Exclusive.

Why not build a College game were you don't have competition and build up your fan base that you lost and are losing from your Football side.

What's so funny about Moore and individuals like him, is that they try and word things as the folks can't read in-between the lines.

In all he said, he basically is trying to cover up their hussle on gamers.

We won't be able to compete with 2k for a couple of years (next console system release), but we will release a game next year at the same $60 price tag nowing it's will not be at the same level as 2k.

What a hussle!!!
 

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