If a recent report is to be believed, EA Sports plans to release NBA Live 13 not as a full-fledged retail release but instead as a $20 digital release. The game hasn’t had a new installment since 2009 and now according to IRB Gamer, when the game does release it won’t be in the form that many of us expected. The news apparently came by way of the GameStop Expo in San Antonio, TX where an EA representative revealed that the game would be dropping in October as a digital release for XBLA and PSN.
Since getting some not so positive response to a hands-off demo back at E3, EA Sports has been completely silent on the title since. If this turns out to be true, let me say that I think EA Sports may as well not release anything. Could they pick up some decent sales by marketing it as an arcade title, sure, but I think anything than a top-notch full-fledged release will irreparably harm the NBA Live brand which isn’t strong as it is. If you bring it out as a digital release, it will forever lower the quality of the entire franchise in a lot of people’s eyes. If EA is smart, if they have to choose between going digital and skipping another year then they should just skip another year.
To be fair though, this report may not be accurate so we have to put this new info into context even though there have been several indicators over the last few months that this would be the case. For EA’s part they have said that they do not comment on rumors.
So there you have it folks and while EA might not comment, we know you have an opinion. Hit up the comments or our Facebook page and let us know what you think EA should do with NBA Live.