Just as NBA 2K continues its surge to the top of sports — and not just basketball — video games, NBA Live is officially cancelled yet again.
The simulation game's publisher Electronic Arts recently confirmed the unfortunate development in a statement, explaining that "Instead, we're expanding our vision, leaning hard into the new leading edge platforms, and taking the time to ensure we deliver against the opportunity for our players."
Despite the relative success of NBA Live 19, which allowed gamers to create a female player and had Philadelphia 76er Joel Embiid as cover athlete, the franchise has been shelved for the fourth time this decade.
NBA Live 20 was reportedly delayed until late 2019, before news of the season break broke. Still, EA CEO Andrew Wilson assured the game's fans that they're working closely with the league and NBPA to come up with a new design that could be available in upcoming consoles like the PlayStation 5 or next Xbox.
"We're excited by what we've built so far, and yet we know the world is changing," Wilson said. "New platforms are coming that will bring social connection, accessibility and player creativity to the fore. In a future of new possibilities, players shouldn’t be content with a game built for today's realities and based on what we know to be possible, we feel we can go so much further with the new design."
To be honest, we would rather wait for a solid NBA Live release, than settle for a wonderful wreck like WWE 2K20.