By Rick Horrow and Karla Swatek
September 14, 2012
EA Sports announced it’s delaying indefinitely the release of “NBA Live 13,” the company’s troubled basketball title. The delay is the latest in a series of setbacks for the franchise, which has been on a two-year hiatus since they cancelled “NBA Elite 11” last year. No release date has been given, but it’s extremely unlikely “Live” will hit store shelves on or before October 2, the day rival basketball game & critically acclaimed NBA2K13 is released.
Both EA Sports and 2K Games renewed their NBA licenses last year, giving them exclusive rights to use teams, players, and arenas. Since that time, however, the 2K game has had unprecedented success, while the EA game has been undergoing a complete redevelopment. NBA2K12, released during the league’s lockout, sold more than 4 million companies. This year’s 2K game will celebrate and feature the 1992 Dream Team.