NBA Live 14 gets release date, first screenshot, and trailer
It's been a rough week for other games to get much attention, given Grand Theft Auto 5's release. Despite the risk of being buried under all these GTA headlines, EA has still gone ahead with trying to get attention towards some of its own properties.
It's been a long time since there's been any developments with the NBA Live series, especially with 2K Games taking the basketball genre over since EA seemingly abandoned the series by cancelling the previous title, NBA Live 13. First rumored as a digital only release, it came to light that the studio wasn't exactly pleased with the game. It was later canceled and an apology issued to fans.
Then vice-president Andrew Wilson remarked, "...making great games is not easy, and we're just not there yet on NBA LIVE 13. Having continued to look at the game over the past few days, it's clear that we won't be ready in October. And rather than launch midway through the season, we're going to sit out the full year and stay focused on making next year's game great. This decision puts us on the right track for success well into the future in a rapidly changing industry...This wasn't an easy decision, but it's the right one for our fans. I hope you'll agree when you're able to play the game next year."
Shortly thereafter, right around the time of the Xbox One reveal, social media kicked back in, with the game's official Facebook account posting a picture of a basketball embroidered with the EA Sports logo, with a status update that read simply "coming to a court near you." Same goes for the NBA Live Twitter account, which asked fans what their favorite arenas are.
But now, the next addition is back officially, as EA has confirmed the game's release date, and has given fans a first look at the game via a screenshot (seen above), and more recently, a trailer (seen below).
Mark your calendars for November 19, because that's when the game is slated to for an exclusive next-gen arrival on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One according to the game's Twitter.
The trailer shows cover star athlete Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and also features the New York Knicks' Raymond Felton. The game features the EA Sports Ignite game engine the developer showed off at the Xbox One announcement earlier this year. We'll keep you posted as more information comes to light.