According to GamesIndustry International, NBA Live 14 will be exclusive to the PS4 and Xbox One, meaning the title will not be released on the current generation PS3 and Xbox 360. Sean O’Brien, executive producer of NBA Live 10, the last game in the franchise that actually shipped blamed EA’s attempt to rewrite the game’s underlying code which created major issues and basically made NBA 2K the only basketball game in town. EA made some half-hearted attempts to release a new version of the game in a couple of different years but each time it ended up being cancelled. To try to give the franchise a fresh start, EA has decided to skip this current generation and go hard on the next generation consoles. The game will be using EA’s new Ignite Engine and it will be running on the latest hardware but is that enough for NBA Live to make a comeback?
Personally, I don’t think so. There will always be folks that are nostalgic for the NBA Live franchise but the truth is that it wasn’t very good the last few years that it did get released and then the debacles that followed only hurt the franchise more. Unless EA puts some SERIOUS marketing muscle behind the game (which they have failed to do in the past) and have legitimately made significant improvements to the franchise I don’t see them ever seriously challenging NBA 2K, they’ll simply be playing for second.
NBA Live 14 is in development at EA Tiburon.
Source: GamesIndustry International