If you were holding out hope for an EA basketball game this year, bad news. EA has announced they're pulling the plug on NBA Live 20.
The game already received a significant delay earlier this year, with EA announcing that the game was getting a delay back in July. Rumors began to swirl that NBA Live 20 would transition to a free to play title. However, now it seems EA has pulled the plug on the project. Andrew Wilson, EA's chief executive, said the following to investors:
We’re not launching a new NBA Live HD product this season. Instead, we’re expanding our vision, leaning hard into the new leading-edge platforms, and taking the time to ensure we deliver against the opportunity for our player
So what are the plans for here? While NBA Live 20 is dead, it seems like EA is still on track for a new basketball game next year. Furthermore, it sounds as if their plans are to target the PlayStation 5 and whatever Microsoft's next console is. If the extra year of development can help the series is unknown, but it's interesting to see EA try.
The NBA Live series has had a notorious amount of canceled projects. The rather infamous story of NBA Elite 11, which was going to serve as a total reboot of the series, was canceled after a demo of the game launched to extremely poor reception thanks to a very high number of glitches, including one where player Andrew Bynum would get stuck in the middle of a court in a T-pose. This caused the series to spend years in development, with NBA Live 13 also getting canceled in the process, before NBA Live 14 came out as a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch title, to extremely negative reviews. After that, NBA Live 17 was purposefully skipped, and now NBA Live 20 is being canceled.
NBA Live 20 has been canceled, but you can currently grab NBA 2k20 on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
How does this make you feel? Were you excited about NBA Live 20? Just wanted to see someone compete with NBA 2k20? Let us know in the comments below!