This isn’t exactly a surprise but EA seems to have officially confirmed NBA Live 13. The question as to whether the game would drop wasn’t as much of a question as what it would be called. As many of you know, NBA Elite 11 got the axe at the last second when EA Sports decided it didn’t cut the mustard. Most folks were interested to see whether or not they would keep the elite name, go back to Live or come up with something brand new. It looks like the game is going back to the brand that definitely has name recognition, though not all of it good. In fact, that’s the reason that EA Sports was going to change the name, they felt like the Live brand had taken too much of a hit over the past few years and was trying to start new. That didn’t work. The game has taken a year off and hopefully that year has done it a lot of good, especially with all the issues that NBA 2K12 has had with freezing in My Player mode, freezing during the launch of the game, and other assorted issues. The sad part about it was that this was supposed to be the year that NBA 2K put a firm grip on the NBA simulation genre, but the multiple issues the game has suffered has not only left the door open for NBA Live 13 to get back into the mix, the issues have also driven away loyal players.
As far as how we found out about the game, it wasn’t from a standard press release but rather from the most recent NBA #1 pick Kyrie Irving. Irving tweeted the news by saying
“In Orlando for #AllStar checking out the #FutureOfBasketball with @EASPORTSNBA. Get to see the new #NBALIVE13!”
After that I guess EA knew the cat was out of the bag and retweeted the tweet via their official EA Sports account. When Kotaku reached out to them for comment, EA Sports confirmed the return of the NBA Live brand and the game’s fall release window saying “This fall we’ll launch an all-new experience that captures the future of basketball with NBA Live 13. More to come soon.” Irving then followed that up saying that more info would be coming via EA Sports’ NBA Facebook page on Monday. For our part, we don’t think this is an accident, with all the excitement generated by this weekends NBA All-Star game it’s almost perfect timing for the announcement.