EA is yet to release NBA Live 15, and the company has NBA Live 16 already under development. It’s not surprising because publishers and developers have their own development cycle in place for annual titles.
Reportedly, Electronics Art has next year’s installment of their NBA Live franchise in development and not only that, the company also has plans for NBA Live 17 in place.
In an interview with Polygon, producer Sean O’Brien stated the following:
We’ve already started development on 16. We’re staffing up. We’re actually increasing investment on what 16 — and 17 — look like.
NBA Live has struggled to compete against the hugely popular NBA 2K franchise over the years but still the company is committed to make better games.
Over the years, fans have lost their trust with the quality of NBA Live. Sean O’Brian realizes that and refrains himself from making any promises the game can’t keep upon launch, but he does guarantees that NBA Live 15 will be better than NBA Live 14.
The last thing this franchise needs is another disappointing launch, and it would have been a good idea to test the game by releasing a demo of it. Why there isn’t a demo? O’Brian has the following to say on the matter:
The three-week delay this year, embarrassing though it is, basically means the game can ship with a bunch of stuff that would have to be polished in a day-one patch anyway.
That’s probably why there is no pre-release demo, which is rightfully held against the game, but it’s not a statement of no confidence from the developer. It’s just an admission the thing needs all the time it can get before release.
By no means NBA Live 15 is in a position to compete against NBA 2K15 but if the devs are committed enough, we will see the franchise improve over time and be in good shape to give some healthy competition to its rival.
NBA Live 15 will be available in a few days starting October 28 for all major platforms.