NBA Live 15 delayed to October 28

EA Sports has quietly pushed its basketball game back by three weeks.


Update: The EA Tiburon statement has been included.

The NBA season in the video game world was set to tip off with dueling NBA gaming franchises taking the court on October 7. However, while NBA 2K15 is still in line for its October debut, the other team has decided to stay in the locker room for another couple of weeks.

EA Sports has quietly delayed NBA Live 15 by three weeks, setting its release date to October 28.

Producer Sean O'Brien has updated the EA Sports website with his statement, citing that the game is being held off for additional polish.

"Considering all the work that’s gone in so far, we will be taking a few extra weeks to polish the game and make sure you get an incredible NBA experience from the moment you first boot up the title," said O'Brien. :This extra development time means we will be moving our launch date to October 28 to line up to opening night of the 2014-15 NBA season. This was a hard decision, but it’s the right one, as we are totally committed to delivering the highest-quality game we possibly can. You’ll be hearing a lot more from us over the coming weeks, starting with a brand-new gameplay blog that will give you the first details on all the ways we plan to deliver on our promises to build a better experience."

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    September 8, 2014 1:45 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, NBA Live 15 delayed to October 28.

    EA Sports has quietly pushed its basketball game back by three weeks.

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      September 8, 2014 2:44 PM

      lol that franchise

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      September 8, 2014 3:22 PM

      Its going to suck anyway compared to 2k.

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      September 8, 2014 4:25 PM

      Sounds a lot like the NBA Elite 11 delay. Back in late September 2010, NBA Elite 11 was delayed for an unspecified release date, which Wikipedia says was November 5.

      ...and then it got canned. Stephen Totilo interviewed John Riccitiello in a piece published in December 2010, which explained some of the behind-the-scenes reasons for the delay and ultimate cancellation:

      Riccitiello: "Somewhere in the July timeframe, they were flashing from Canada that the game was going to come in hot. In a way, they'd sort of bit off two years' worth of work that they could only get done in 18 months. So it was going to come in hot. But they were still signaling to us that it was going to come in good, that they were going to get it. The demo went on around the same time we were mastering the game [Editor's note: Meaning the game was just about done and ready to go in boxes headed to stores]. The report was — we had known a month earlier that the gameplay was great but that they didn't synch up well against the animations, which was what…."

      Totilo: [makes Jesus pose with hands] "This guy."

      Riccitiello: "Yeah."

      So then EA had moved the franchise to EA Tiburon, ultimately not releasing an NBA title in 2011, and announced NBA Live 13 in February 2012... only to CANCEL THAT ONE.

      NBA Live 14 gets released November 19, 2013 (was it delayed TO that date?), and gets universally slammed by reviews. This was bad enough that its executive producer, Sean O'Brien, publishes an apology:

      So here we are, once again, with the NBA game getting delayed to the NBA season opening... AGAIN... oh, and by the way, the former Executive VP of EA Sports is now the CEO of EA. Andrew Wilson, you got some splainin' to do!

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        September 8, 2014 4:56 PM

        [quote]Sounds a lot like the NBA Elite 11 dela/quote]


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          September 8, 2014 7:44 PM

          Can you elaborate on "Nope"?

          archvile's writeup is a much more detailed version of my initial reaction when I heard this news:

          "Oh, here we go again."

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