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NBA Live 14 hasn’t “gotten the kind of early feedback we had hoped for,” improvements on the way – EA

Friday, 22nd November 2013 21:12 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

NBA Live 14 hasn’t “gotten the kind of early feedback we had hoped for,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said, adding that the development is “accelerating a number of game updates” to address issues such as improvements to the gameplay controls tutorial and more.

Speaking in an open letter on the EA Blog, before pointing to a post from the game’s executive producer Sean O’Brien, Wilson said the team has “built a strong foundation” for the franchise.

“Plain and simple, we haven’t gotten the kind of early feedback we had hoped for on this game,” he wrote. “I do think we have built a strong foundation, so we’re accelerating a number of game updates to address your biggest issues. “We promised to get back to top form with NBA LIVE, and we’re committed to delivering on that. We are in this for the long haul.

“Gamers deserve great experiences when playing our games, and everyone here at EA will continue working tirelessly to make sure that happens.”

O’Brien said his team has laid out a plan to make NBA LIVE 14 a better game as “quickly as we can.”

“First, you’ve told us that the game is too hard to learn, and that the only way to figure it out is through frustrating trial-and-error,” he said. “As a result, we are working on improving the way the game teaches the controls and on-boards new users. We realize that every single one of you is a new user and know we need to make the game easier to understand and simpler to pick up and play.

“We’re also conducting an ongoing series of Twitch Live Streams to teach the skills that will help make your game experience a better one. We have our producers and designers online seven days a week to answer your questions and to offer other helpful game advice. Additionally, we’ve posted Controller Guide, Perfecting Your Styleand Levels of the Dribble blogs on the NBA LIVE website which we hope will help you with basic offense, defense, play calling and more.”

O’Brien said those disappointed in the graphics and animations, will be pleased to know the team is making “drastic and immediate improvements.”

“In order to get gameplay up and running this year we had to prioritize,” he said. “We felt authentic gameplay, control and the connected experience would provide the best foundation for the future. As a result, game visuals and animation polish suffered.

“Improvements on these fronts are also in development now for NBA LIVE 14. You will notice in the coming weeks and months that the game’s visuals and animation will improve significantly.”

The team will continue updating LIVE Season with new BIG Moments and NBA Rewind games every single day of the season, and “some big announcements and major additions coming down the road.”

NBA Live 14 is now available on PS4 and Xbox One, as is a demo.

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8 Comments

  1. Djoenz

    There never seems to be positive EA news. Filthy screw ups.
    MT’s ftw.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. GK

    now is 2014,not a 2005

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Ryu2388

    I swear that I have been seeing nothing but good reviews for this game? Maybe it is just me.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Kabby

    There are 2 NBA games out.

    NBA Live 14. EA.
    NBA 2K 14. 2K Games.

    Consensus is that the EA one sucks.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Francis O

    EA, your game sucks, and it bombed at retail on the PS4. Less than 23K for that piece of crap

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Ryu2388

    @4 Gotcha!

    #6 1 year ago
  7. The_Red

    I feel terrible for team behind this game (the actual devs). They were forced by EA to revive the series, in a rushed manner AND had to make it to the launch of new and untested consoles.

    Now their are getting bad reviews and bad sales. EA will probably blame them, disband the team and get another bunch of unlucky artists and devs to work on this.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Astral Frost

    Riiiiiiight…

    Are they gonna fix the animation and awful graphics too? This is a next gen exclusive and yet it looks like sin.

    #8 1 year ago

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