EA confirms new NBA Live, reveals new Need for Speed

By John Keefer, May 07, 2013 4:00pm PDT

Electronic Arts plans to be busy the next fiscal year, with 11 PC and console games and 15 mobile titles planned for fiscal year 2014, which ends March 31 of next year, the publisher said in its latest earnings call.

In addition to old standbys such as Madden NFL 25, NHL 14, FIFA 14, NCAA College Football 2014, Battlefield 4 and a new installment for The Sims, EA's Frank Gibeau confirmed the company's plans to get back into basketball with a new game in the NBA Live series, hinted at back in September after NBA Live 13 was cancelled.

"We're very focused on getting into the NBA business in a significant way this year," he said during the call (via IGN). He didn't elaborate on if it would be the "new NBA concept" an EA survey had revealed last month.

Gibeau also said a new game in the Need for Speed series is planned, but promised more details on both the NBA Live and NFS games in June at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo.

On the mobile side, in addition to the recently announced Plants vs. Zombies 2 coming in July, a new title will be coming from the Bejeweled team at Popcap.

Conspicuously absent from the lists was a game in the UFC franchise, which EA announced it had acquired at E3 last year. Also not mentioned was the new game coming from Respawn Entertainment, which is expected to be shown at this E3. A new annualized installment in the Tiger Woods PGA Tour series was also not mentioned. All three will probably come sometime later next year. If we're lucky, maybe something in the Star Wars franchise as well.

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