zzcoolj21 wrote:I was hoping we would see something in the last few weeks. Not sure why they would go into 2017 with a quarter 1 release date and no information on the game at all.
mp3 wrote:I hope we hear something soon, iam starting to wonder if to save money they just do direct download copy only instead of x - amount of hard copies made up and they do still actually release in early Feb then go hard for Live 18.
I think it was Ben on the podcast that suggested they use Live 17 as a beta to work out all the kinks of the new game engine so that Live 18 has time to work out any issues.
I keep trying to get into 2k17 but the offline gameplay just frustrates the crap out of me, Live 16 had its faults but I enjoyed the gameplay alot more and the controls too.
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"news on the future of NBA Live"
I don't like that phrasing.
Hoping for something in 1st quarter.
Andrew wrote:On one hand, that's a bad look. At the same time, there were people questioning the point of releasing something in the first quarter of 2017 anyway. Whichever way they went, they were going to catch heat and criticism for it. Either way, they would've been in the wrong in someone's eyes.
If this is the case, then the upside is that they will have had a much longer time to work on NBA Live 18. This was the problem after NBA Elite 11's cancellation; they didn't actually have "all that time" to work on NBA Live 13 (or NBA Live 14), since time was spent revamping the team (a couple of times), and trying to rebuild from scratch (a couple of times).
Earlier this month, a listing for a game called The Drive to NBA Live was spotted on the Korean ratings board. It now appears that EA has effectively canceled that title and pushed back the next NBA Live to the fall, where the publisher would be more likely to release a game under the title of NBA Live 18. The series faces tough competition in 2K Sports’ NBA 2K franchise, which is perennially one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed sports games in the world.
“We have been on a journey with NBA Live,” said Wilson, making an oblique reference to the series’ troubled development history, “and want to deliver something that’s truly innovative and disruptive in the marketplace.” Wilson went on to say that when EA higher-ups got their hands on the game that was scheduled to launch in early 2017, they felt that “in all honesty [...] it’s really, really good — really fun.”
According to Wilson, EA has decided to “double down on [the game], add to it, and launch it as a full beat later this year.” The company feels that it will have a better chance of succeeding with an NBA Live game that debuts in the traditional fall window, shortly before the NBA season begins.
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