NBA 2K13: Competitor Holds Off On 2013 Edition

Just days before the release of their latest NBA game, amid glowing reviews of NBA 2K13, 2K Sports got even better news: EA Sports was halting production of the their own 2013 game and pulling out of this year’s basketball simulator market once again.

In a blog post on the NBA Live 13 official site, EA Sports’ executive vice president Andrew Wilson wrote the following:

“Having continued to look at the game over the past few days, it’s clear that we won’t be ready in October. Rather than launch midway through the season, we’re going to sit out the full year and stay focused on making next year’s game great. This decision puts us on the right track for success well into the future in a rapidly changing industry.”

For a company that has had to cancel the NBA Live series for two years running, this is another huge blow. Granted, they still have exclusive rights to Madden and the NFL in general, but the success of the 2K series in recent years is enough to warrant concern from EA’s side.

After problems transitioning to the newest generation of consoles (Xbox 360 and Playstation 3), EA attempted to remake their flagship basketball franchise with NBA Elite 11, but that was canceled just a few weeks before it’s scheduled release because of severe technical issues. Even after showing off demos of the game at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, Live 13suffered from a lack of progress.

With 2K Sports now having a three-year run of being the only basketball game for consoles, and stars like Jay-Z and Michael Jordan attached to their product, it’ll probably take quite a bit from EA’s 2014 edition to unseat them from the top of the virtual basketball world.

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