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EA canceled NBA Elite because it 'was going to be a bad game'

In a refreshingly blunt statement, EA admitted that its latest basketball project, NBA Elite, was canceled because it "was going to be a bad game."

Restricted to a tight schedule, NBA Elite was supposed to reinvigorate EA's long-running basketball series previously known as NBA Live. However, faced with production problems and differing ideas of where to take the series, EA stopped talking about it and eventually made the decision to pull the plug entirely.


Above: A game you'll never play

This ended the publisher's long history of annual basketball sims. 2K Sports was probably pretty happy with that, leaving its NBA 2K11 as the only realistic basketball game on the market for 2010. The people at EA, obviously, were not as thrilled.

Andrew Wilson, an executive at EA Sports, said the company could have put out NBA Live. It probably would have sold enough to turn a profit, too. However, no one over there was happy with the product, and it didn't make sense to delay it as the "2012" series of sports games will be under development soon. So...

"Ultimately, it was just going to be a bad game," said Wilson, adding, "We're proud that we made the choice to not just put something out there that wasn't good."

Wilson also admitted it was too lofty a goal to completely redo the NBA Live franchise without missing a year. I guess in hindsight it's what they call in sports lingo "a rebuilding season."

Maybe next year, Kevin Durant.

[Source: IGN]

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6 comments

  • jmcgrotty - November 24, 2010 10:16 a.m.

    That reason is only half-true. Sure, they knew the game wouldn't be well-received but that is just because NBA Jam already was released, so there was already and perfectly exact basketball game out there. They should have just said the full truth: We can't compete with the note-perfect sim NBA Jams
  • FauxFurry - November 24, 2010 3:59 a.m.

    At least the NBA Jam remake(s) came out of the NBA Elite development process so it wasn't a complete failure. That and the fact that a game company told the unvarnished truth for a change definitely makes it all worth it...unless one works at EA.
  • bball42242442 - November 23, 2010 10:28 p.m.

    if you don't care then why even comment? oh cause u want to be 1st, moron
  • SwaggerPancakes - November 23, 2010 8:45 p.m.

    That really is unfortunate for Kevin Durant he seemed to really want this.
  • Baron164 - November 23, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    At least they're honest :-)
  • braydog92 - November 23, 2010 7:50 p.m.

    Don't even care

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