Last quarter, Electronic Arts released FIFA 20, Madden NFL 20, and NHL 20, NBA Live was noticeably absent. That was for a reason because EA confirmed that it would be canceling the game.
“We’re not launching a new NBA Live HD product this season,” EA chief executive officer Andrew Wilson said during a conference call with investors. “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 players.”
The publisher has actually cancelled 4 games in the last several years, which include NBA Elite 11, NBA Live 12, NBA Live 13, and NBA Live 17.For now, EA wants to focus on their launch of the next-generation consoles to finally put an end to the struggles.
“We’re excited by what we’ve built so far, and yet we know the world is changing,” Wilson said. “New platforms are coming that will bring social connection, accessibility, and player creativity to the fore. In a future of new possibilities, players shouldn’t be content with a game built for today’s realities and based on what we know to be possible, we feel we can go so much further with the new design.”
What remains unclear is if this means NBA Live as a brand will continue or will be retooled entirely.