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Owen Good at Polygon penned a great article this weekend talking about the future of the NBA Live series. Sean O'Brien, the executive producer of NBA Live 15, has several very interesting quotes within the article which speak directly to the future of the franchise.

The most interesting quote comes in the first parts of the article where O'Brien answers Owen's question on whether there will be an NBA Live 16 or not, "Guaranteed. We've already started development on 16. We're staffing up. We're actually increasing investment on what 16 and 17 look like."

This is especially good news since EA is in its final year of its agreement with the NBA. If indeed Live sticks around, time will likely lead it into a pretty good direction in the future. Much of the article was spent downplaying NBA Live 15's potential though.

Some quotes from O'Brien:

"Part of me wishes people could hear the conversations I'm in. I wish I could snap my fingers and it would be two years from now."

"We're a work in progress."

"It's a long term strategy. Building a high-definition game is not easy. I think the game we're creating is dfferent, and I think as we mature as a product, you'll see that difference come out more and more."

What do you think of O'Briens quotes and the linked Polygon article?

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# 1 youvalss @ 10/19/14 08:02 PM
Nice read. What I take from it, is that Live 15 is a WIP game, and something like "don't expect too much, but next year we will give you a great game, and the following year - even better".

Not sure it helps to market 15.
 
# 2 Walt Frazier @ 10/19/14 08:36 PM
Yes....strange way to promote a game being released in a few days.

Basically saying "game is not so good...missing tonnes of stuff...but, wait until 2017 and see what we do then!". Ummmm...you are charging full price for a WIP?
 
# 3 youvalss @ 10/19/14 08:38 PM
I understand their 3-year plan thing (not a fan, but understand), but it seems like every year is the first year of this 3-year plan...
 
# 4 DirtyJerz32 @ 10/19/14 08:51 PM
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I understand their 3-year plan thing (not a fan, but understand), but it seems like every year is the first year of this 3-year plan...
I think it's becuase they keep having people leave before the 2nd or 3rd year.
 
# 5 CAMPBLACKMAMBA24 @ 10/19/14 08:53 PM
I'm not feeling this at all

Basically he's saying this game is not what it should be which to me says this game is not gonna be very good. Just my .2

EA has to quit making excuses. Why put out a half-baked product and want the consumer to spend $60??

Cut the price down to $39 would be fair imo. Well if it turns out to be average or below the price drop will happen sooner than later anyway
 
# 6 Rockie_Fresh88 @ 10/19/14 09:15 PM
live 16 in development already
3 weeks delay included polish on ball defense against ball handlers
increasing investment for 16 and 17
 
# 7 wdh6325 @ 10/19/14 09:26 PM
Yeah, it did sound a bit disheartening. But with the disappointing state of Live 14, how much of an overhaul could they do in 1 development cycle? From most of the media outlets who have had an opportunity to play it seem to have come away with a positive feeling. Even describing it as having a solid foundation to now build on. I am optimistic.
 
# 8 Jano @ 10/19/14 09:45 PM
As bad as Live 14 was trust there's gonna be major improvement only way is up.... Hopefully lol

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# 9 The 24th Letter @ 10/19/14 09:47 PM
The honesty is cool, but this was a pretty rough interview...it's like he was asking people to invest in a kickstarter....
 
# 10 oneHova @ 10/19/14 09:58 PM
Honestly, this isn't anymore disheartening as it is remorseful. I truly believe he's been playing the underdog card for 15. All of this is a good sign because in reality EA is at a standstill till 15 is out. After reading this and listening to the podcast with him. I do believe his EA team is taking the same direction as the Madden team. Creating their base of next gen identity for the series future starts now with Live 15!
 
# 11 Haval93 @ 10/19/14 10:19 PM
Good interview. He isn't saying Live 15 will be a bad game or incomplete, it's a game that's building towards the future. It might not be the best game ever which is understandable, but it will compete and showcase what we can look forward to in the future. From a business standpoint, it's here is our product, we think it's solid and an indicator of what the future holds which we will continue to build upon it given more time. Of course he is going to say that Live 16 and Live 17 will be better games, it's common sense that the more time they have to build and spend the game will continue to become better.

Lets play Live 15 before we judge the game and comment the game won't be any good. Play the demo for yourself and make your own judgement, if you like it buy it or if you don't like it then don't buy; it is that simple and no need for a 100 reasons why EA is trying to take your money and soul away. I am not calling out anybody in this thread but these past couple of weeks have been comedy with all the tin-foil conspiracy about this game. Anyways, lets see some game play tomorrow.
 
# 12 The 24th Letter @ 10/19/14 10:25 PM
I'd say the blind faith and do no wrong posts have been just as much comedy, lol

The article is out there for interpretation...doesn't seem like anyone's making any judgements...just commenting on the article...I'm still going to check out the demo regardless..
 
# 13 Haval93 @ 10/19/14 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by The 24th Letter
I'd say the blind faith and do no wrong posts have been just as much comedy, lol

The article is out there for interpretation...doesn't seem like anyone's making any judgements...just commenting on the article...I'm still going to check out the demo regardless..
Lol ha ha. Do doubt. Wasn't commenting too much on this thread rather than threads that have gone on lately. Live doesn't have the benefit of the doubt with gamers and rightfully earned, but let's not go out and this say death to the series as some people have been saying. Checking out the demo and making a decision is the best way to inform yourself.
 
# 14 noshun @ 10/19/14 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by The 24th Letter
I'd say the blind faith and do no wrong posts have been just as much comedy, lol

The article is out there for interpretation...doesn't seem like anyone's making any judgements...just commenting on the article...I'm still going to check out the demo regardless..

Def lots of the underline coming from struggle Live apologists. Its sad that these apology blogs keep churning out whether its devs blogs or media reiterating devs interviews etc. Not one gameplay vid of substance without interruption has been shown from devs themselves.
 
# 15 Rockie_Fresh88 @ 10/19/14 11:14 PM
Funny part is I don't see one "apologist" post in this thread lol
 
# 16 King_B_Mack @ 10/20/14 12:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Rockie_Fresh88
Funny part is I don't see one "apologist" post in this thread lol
Funnier part is there isn't any "tin foil hat conspiracy" posts in this thread either. But I'll throw you guys a bone.

These kind of articles aren't helping this franchise at all. They won't show any sort of unedited gameplay of the game to this point and they're okaying articles that can be read as 'yeah, we're selling you a less than stellar game this year with the intention of giving you that stellar product two years from now.' Why is 17 even being mentioned in this article? Next year is the third year of this 3 year plan crap that they've been selling, don't start talking to us about Live 17.

I don't trust EA though man. I know guys are going to cling to him "confirming" that the series is here to stay, but EA Sports is the epitome of snake oil salesmen. Things change when sales numbers come out man and it's their jobs to tell you stuff like that. Elite was ready to be released and that didn't save it. Live 13 was "already in development" and that didn't save it. They told us that none of Live 13 was in Live 14 and we could see from the video of both games that that wasn't accurate. The honesty and candidness of the team is appreciated. But EA's word means absolutely nothing unfortunately.
 
# 17 da ThRONe @ 10/20/14 01:55 AM
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Originally Posted by King_B_Mack
Funnier part is there isn't any "tin foil hat conspiracy" posts in this thread either. But I'll throw you guys a bone.

These kind of articles aren't helping this franchise at all. They won't show any sort of unedited gameplay of the game to this point and they're okaying articles that can be read as 'yeah, we're selling you a less than stellar game this year with the intention of giving you that stellar product two years from now.' Why is 17 even being mentioned in this article? Next year is the third year of this 3 year plan crap that they've been selling, don't start talking to us about Live 17.

I don't trust EA though man. I know guys are going to cling to him "confirming" that the series is here to stay, but EA Sports is the epitome of snake oil salesmen. Things change when sales numbers come out man and it's their jobs to tell you stuff like that. Elite was ready to be released and that didn't save it. Live 13 was "already in development" and that didn't save it. They told us that none of Live 13 was in Live 14 and we could see from the video of both games that that wasn't accurate. The honesty and candidness of the team is appreciated. But EA's word means absolutely nothing unfortunately.
So if you don't trust EA that much why even bother? I knew what I was looking for with 2K15. Now that I realize I'm not getting what I want I don't post or really go into that forum. You truly seem convinced that Live 15 won't deliver the "goods". So why still come here investing time to follow up and spreading more doubt? I have my doubts because of some of the marketing tactics and lack of exposure. However instead of speaking about the game without knowing either way. I'm reserving my judgment until I have something more tangible to form an opinions about. Especailly because all the few things they have shown has looked really good to me.
 
# 18 King_B_Mack @ 10/20/14 02:47 AM
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Originally Posted by da ThRONe
So if you don't trust EA that much why even bother? I knew what I was looking for with 2K15. Now that I realize I'm not getting what I want I don't post or really go into that forum. You truly seem convinced that Live 15 won't deliver the "goods". So why still come here investing time to follow up and spreading more doubt? I have my doubts because of some of the marketing tactics and lack of exposure. However instead of speaking about the game without knowing either way. I'm reserving my judgment until I have something more tangible to form an opinions about. Especailly because all the few things they have shown has looked really good to me.
Here's an idea. Read what I wrote and not what you want to believe I wrote. Where in that entire post do you see me saying that 15 won't deliver the goods? Where am I speaking about 15 without knowing about the game? Where am I not reserving judgement about the game? I'm speaking strictly about this article that's been posted. And not that it's your business or anybody else's for that matter, but I "bother" because I still want to see Live become great again. As someone that grew up playing Live, it physically pains me to see what the series has devolved into and rather than sit around yes manning everything they do good or bad and blindly being led to the slaughter every year like so many seem to be all to ready to do every year now around here, I'm going to call things like I see them. There's a pattern with this franchise that's been going on for years, every single year and it actually boggles my mind that people continue to want to just wait it out and see the same signs fly in their faces and then want to wait it out to see if the same movie has suddenly gotten a new ending.
 
# 19 noshun @ 10/20/14 02:56 AM
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Originally Posted by King_B_Mack
There's a pattern with this franchise that's been going on for years, every single year and it actually boggles my mind that people continue to want to just wait it out and see the same signs fly in their faces and then want to wait it out to see if the same movie has suddenly gotten a new ending.

Its this scene from a classic King...


 
# 20 Rockie_Fresh88 @ 10/20/14 07:11 AM
Either way we'll know about the game in a few days they can't hide forever . Might as well release some gameplay now smh
 

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