EA's NBA Live 13 was set to be the first release in the series since 2009's NBA Live 10, but now it's been cancelled, apparently over quality concerns.
EA Sports' Andrew Wilson wrote on the official EA Sports blog, "Having continued to look at the game over the past few days, it's clear that we won't be ready in October. And rather than launch midway through the season, we're going to sit out the full year and stay focused on making next yearâ€™s game great."
This is the second time in recent memory this has happened; in 2010 EA attempted to reinvent the series as NBA Elite 11, but that game was cancelled literally a week before its release, and elements of it were reportedly carried over to NBA Live 13. From Wilson's post, it appears that what exists of 13 will carry over directly into the next game (which will almost certainly be dubbed NBA Live 14). At least it's just this game that's cancelled, and not the whole series.
"I'm disappointed that we have not yet met our high expectations with NBA LIVE, but I remain motivated about where we're going," Wilson wrote.
Do you think they're doing the right thing by not releasing a subpar game, or should they have just gotten it out the doors and fixed whatever they could with post-release patches?