‘This was a hard decision.’
Last year’s entry into the basketball sim genre by EA Sports was NBA Live 14, and it was fucking awful. Of course, that has never actually stopped EA, and we are getting another one from them this year. However, in what might be a sign that EA actually cares a teensy bit about the product they push out this year, they have announced that NBA Live 15 will be delayed by just a little, with its new release date being October 28.
“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,” EA said.
“The team took on an incredible amount of work this year literally touching every single system in gameplay, focusing on providing improved control and responsiveness, as well as animation that both looks and feels great. That will be our calling card moving forward.”
My hope is that this picture- that the game has actually been developed with high standards in mind, and some minor hindrances to said perfection being discovered at the last moment- is what happened, rather than the product being an unsalvageable wreck, and EA trying to save what it can before it inevitably pushes it out the door anyway. Se’ll see.