NBA Live 14 exclusive to PS4, Xbox One

Producer reveals upcoming basketball sim a next-gen exclusive; EA pledging "enormous financial commitment" to game.

NBA Live 14 will be exclusive to next-generation consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4, executive producer Sean O'Brien has revealed.

"There is an enormous financial commitment to the development of the product on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, including the size of the team and resources required to give us every opportunity to make a great basketball game that can compete with such a solid franchise like NBA 2K," O'Brien said in an open letter to fans.

Elsewhere in the note, O'Brien explained that his ambition for the NBA Live series is for the product to be an "authentic NBA simulation" that is "rooted in the sport and lifestyle of basketball."

To this end, O'Brien said the team at EA Sports has gone to great lengths to ensure that dribbling and ball handling, as well as half-court and transition play, have been fine tuned.

He also revealed that NBA Live will make use of data from statistic-tracking service Synergy Sports Technologies thanks to a new partnership with the company. This alliance will allow EA Sports to update NBA Live 14 "within an hour" based on something that happens in the NBA.

"We're going to be making an enormous investment into this connected experience. There has been a lot of talk the last few years about how great NBA Live was going to be," O'Brien said. "The 'talking' is over. The vision is a simple one: To create a great basketball game exclusively for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4."

NBA Live 14 is due out later this year running on the EA Sports Ignite game engine. Previous installments NBA Elite 11 and NBA Live 13 were both canceled at the 11th hour.

Competitor NBA 2K14 launches this fall for current- and next-generation consoles. It is 2K Sports' "biggest endeavor yet" and will feature Miami Heat star LeBron James on its cover.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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areial_ace
areial_ace

whilst i would like to see 2K challenged so they have to put some actual effort in releases now i really doubt NBA live being a success

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I hope they can pull it off. NBA 2K needs competition. Having two basketball games is good for us. After NBA 2K11, 2K has become lazy.

MikeMarquez
MikeMarquez

EA... like always, trying to build up hype for NBA Live just to get destroyed by NBA 2K.

tyeman64
tyeman64

Yes it does make sense. They had a chance to develop and release it for 360 and PS3 but they arent. 2K isnt exclusive to Next-Gen. It will be out on both Gens. You see the difference? I swear Im being trolled smh.

Ziggy-oo
Ziggy-oo

Personally I have always been a fan of playing Basketball video games since the one of the earlier version of NBA Live came out and I remember playing it on my PS2.

I am considering pre-ordering this one I reckon the game preview looks good

http://shopto.net/video%20games/ps4/PS4NB18-nba-2k14

d33pak001
d33pak001

Sadly(EA) I don't need this junk anyways!!!

CTR360
CTR360

i buy NBA LIVE 2014 on PS4

wwebster5
wwebster5

DAMN YOU EA! how can you return to making this garbage and not make NHL 14 for next gen. there is a reason you had to stop making live. nobody played it! the NHL franchise is regularly your highest rated sports game!

haze0986
haze0986

to everyone saying this will suck,, youve been praising 2k for the same game for years. but noone complains about their slam dunk contest controls???? its useless gimmicks that make 2k good to you people. ea might be the worst company but i found nba live alot more enjoyable than 2k. atleast in live i feel like i control everything in 2k its preset animation this that and the third, you guys dont like playing games you like watching them simple as that

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

Hopefully this game will make 2k have to finally put out a game better than 2k11

lowkey254
lowkey254

That's a terrible idea. They're ignoring a major install base. I smell a failure report for NBA live.

daniel_chacon
daniel_chacon

where's wii u version? poor wii u, nobody considers it a next-gen console...

jon_bone
jon_bone

YOU CAN NOW DRIBBLE THE BALL!!!

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

The only way EA can sell their games is by wrapping up the exclusive license, and staying as far away as possible from any mod or customizable platform. Like that, you are reliant on them for even mere roster updates.

They rely on customers who don't know any better. 

Every game they make, including FIFA, is generic garbage... every player and every team feel exactly the same. 

EA sucks at making video games. Period. 

huerito323
huerito323

If the NFL 2K series was still around, Madden would be right next to the NBA Live series, forgettable pieces of shit!!

BamaSlymm
BamaSlymm

Sorry, 2K is STILL going to rule the Basketball world, EA. You got passed up a long time ago and 2K has widen that gap year after year.

ATEoneATe
ATEoneATe

NBA Live was the hottest game out for years, and then they got lazy and passed up. Now just cause they havent been out people are talking shit and sleeping on them. Wake up and smell the fucking coffee, EA IS THE GREATEST!!!!!

TheLeftHandDoom
TheLeftHandDoom

considering how similar next gen hardware is to PC hardware, the failure to release any game for PC should be investigated by the FTC as violating anti-monopoly laws.

digits52
digits52

NBA Live... go home, your drunk.. NBA2K will remain supreme

kgallis21
kgallis21

2K has been kicking EA's ass now in NBA games for yrs. and if they got back the NFL license they would kick they ass like they did on the dreamcast years ago. I never liked madden I just play it because I have no choice

slimskelter
slimskelter

The first thing they need to do is fix the steal problem. It seems the same in every game, too many bs steals by the ai, no matter how you adjust the sliders. I'm curious to here any news on the next Fight Night or Top Spin/Virtua Tennis.

mont345
mont345

yes hopefully this huge financial commitment breaks E.A.'S BANK, after live gets trashed by 2k again and ea will be forced to give up the nfl license!!

holhardy
holhardy

So the gave up on 2 games and now the consoles of xbox and ps3 completely.


So

your in an good light now aren't you EA.

time to say "we got madden, ncaa, you can have nba 2k.

dman123_1
dman123_1

YES, no more difficult NBA2k. Now I can go back to doing 4 spin moves than dunk every possession.

d33pak001
d33pak001

You have Kyrie Irving as your brand ambassador thats so cool....but not cool enough....

Coz u see 2K has King James!!

d33pak001
d33pak001

@OurSin-360 Well if u played 2k13 ull know that it had alot of improvements mainly the movement and realistic passes...

You just cannot expect more especially when EA is releasing the same FIFA every year but only with the skight tweak of the cover from FIFA 12 to FIFA 13

haze0986
haze0986

@lowkey254 why ??? the engine wouldnt play right on this gen and thats obvious. if 2k puts out both then one will deff have major flaws, its common sense

haze0986
haze0986

@daniel_chacon lol how is wii u next gen when its got less than the graphics my ps3 or even my old 360 has??? nintendo thought they were smart, noone wants that thing its bigger than a tablet is!! people saying yea new mario new zelda new this and that but ummmmm how is that new??? they complain about uncharted because of longevity but flock to zelda and its f*ckin 30 years or wutever????? i played zelda once i turned it off and gave it to a friend, that game sucks , and honestly who wants donkey kong??????????

haze0986
haze0986

@jon_bone with extreme precision, dont downplay the mechanic if you havent used it. i see what you tried to do but sorry a smart man will tell you to try it first

haze0986
haze0986

@GSGuy321 i hate ea aswell, but i cant deny that fifa isnt a great soccer game hense being the choice of almost every gamer and soccer fan, ea just wants money we all get that, but if that were the case with nba live then why hasnt there been years of the franchise?????? they wouldnt put out a subpar game that should tell you something, they might suck but they know what sells

haze0986
haze0986

@huerito323 you really liked that game? the game that sold for 20 bucks new?????? and dont say oooo its cuz they wanted to sell more that game and any 2k game ive played barring nba 2k12 and mlb 2k7 (which still had major issues) was terrible. see how many games you can get thorugh in nba without the ball being stolen 1000 times or how about play the heat or the celtics when paul peirce makes 95 percent of his 3s and lebron can shoot from anywhere. anything 2k makes is a farce and when you all realize it youll save money 

kungfuj0
kungfuj0

@huerito323 I used to make it a point to rent both games (Madden and 2K, and even Live and 2K) back in the day.  I played both and gave each one a fair shot every year and I bought the one I liked the best.  Madden always won.  It is that simple.  I have no favorites.  I hate EA as much as anyone, but they made the better playing football game, and it is pretty much that simple.  Now they got their asses handed to them in basketball, but for football, the asskicking was returned.

kgallis21
kgallis21

I agree I'm sorry madden is overrated I loved NFL 2k. EA got that license exclusively because they knew 2k would of ended their franchise. Microsoft and EA seems to have a lot in common no wonder they teamed up for the Xbox one.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

@huerito323 2K5 was never anywhere close to Madden in popularity.  2K5 was like $20 and it still didn't sell well.  If anything, NBA 2K would have been such a hit and NFL such a constant flop no matter how good it was that we'd still be where we are now: NBA Live and NFL 2K not existing.

haze0986
haze0986

@BamaSlymm nba 2k looked like a port from this gen to the next while live looked amazing, stop hating on a company and look at the games smfh losers i swear 

o016945
o016945

@ATEoneATe lol...and the game will receive mediocre reviews or EA will back out from releasing it a couple of weeks before release.

digits52
digits52

@ATEoneATe * yawn * speaking of sleep..

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

@TheLeftHandDoom They are afraid of mods. All EA has is the exclusive licenses.

They make garbage games. Period. With Mods, exclusive license is a non-factor, which scares them, because again their gameplay sucks.

haze0986
haze0986

@mont345 you cant break the bacnk of the number one selling publisher, its like saing dairy queen will die because of frozen berry, its just stupid to say

haze0986
haze0986

@holhardy so you want a next gen engine on this gen?????? your openly admitting youd buy a subpar game because of the outdated tech! what is wrong with gamespot i swear if your not all 13 year olds with no jobs and your parents money i dunno wtf you are!

kgallis21
kgallis21

U sound like someone who doesn't know how to play basketball 2k is a realistic simulation for real basketball fans ,only kids liked to play live.

huerito323
huerito323

@haze0986 @huerito323 Why does the price matter in this case? I played Madden from 2000-2005. 2K5 is better then all of them. The presentation is still the best in any sports game ever! The gameplay and player movement felt way more authentic, unlike Madden's arcadey feel. And don't even get me started on the graphics department, because every single 2k football game looked better than all the Madden games of that time. 

Many Madden fans tried 2K5 but gave up on it because they weren't used to the controls. It was much harder to play. I remember I played Madden 2004(my favorite Madden game) for months! When I went back to the 2K series, it was so hard to get into. But once you got used to it, it was the best football game ever! 

As for the NBA series, I can't speak on that because the last NBA game I owned was 2K8. 

CDWJUSTIN
CDWJUSTIN

@Senor_Kami @huerito323 nba live used to be on top too and they fell hard...  A narrow minded fool you are nba 2k took top because consistent improvement and your pea sized brain could understand that a PROVEN fact is competition brings the best out of things including games. 

You cant predict that NFL 2k woulda failed your not God your lass than an ant. Id be willing to bet that an ant like you wouldnt understand that if NFL 2k was around madden would be that much better because they would actually have to try to keep on top.

huerito323
huerito323

@Senor_Kami @huerito323 

Madden had the advantage with a larger fan base, because it's been around way longer than the 2K series. That's the only reason Madden would sell more, not because it was a better football game. 2K5 is still considered by many to be the greatest football game ever made. 

Madden has been garbage since 2006. The only reason people still buy it, is because it's the only NFL licensed football game. 

haze0986
haze0986

@kgallis21 sorry but im 27 and i prefer live. it looks to be the better game 2ks presentation didnt even look next gen it looked like a good ps3 or xbox 360 game. dont hate before you play 2k got stale no matter how you look at it