It’s fair to say NBA 2K has dominated the basketball genre for years. We haven’t seen a good NBA LIVE game since 2009. Consequently, NBA 2K has become a lazy, poorly made, microtransaction filled mess. After all, there’s no competition so why would Visual Concepts even try? Furthermore, any chance of some new competition this year has officially ended. NBA LIVE 20 has been canceled.
The official NBA LIVE Twitter account posted the announcement yesterday evening. It didn’t go into too much detail but it’s clear developers EA Tiburon didn’t feel that LIVE 20 was ready yet. To their credit, it’s positive to see a game developer delay a game rather than release a buggy mess to make some quick and easy money. Especially in the sports game genre, it’s a practice other titles could certainly benefit from.
We’re excited by our progress but remain hyper-ambitious – so we’re not going to release NBA LIVE 20 this season… We have our sights set on creating something fresh for the next generation of platforms… We need to earn our future every step of the way, so we’re taking time to get it right.EA SPORTS NBA LIVE, Twitter
In truth, many people already knew NBA LIVE 20 was canceled. This is by no means the first time something like this has happened. Many previous installments in the series have followed the same fate. However, there is a silver lining. Unlike older titles, NBA LIVE 19 showed legitimate promise as a basketball simulator.
Many basketball fans are crying out for a better game to play. I’m sure if EA released a basketball game that felt good, didn’t have dodgy business practices in and was well made, players would flock to it. Perhaps with that little extra development time, EA Tiburon can put together a legitimate competitor to NBA 2K.