NBA Live 13 is going the way of the dodo. Actually, it would have to exist in the wild first in order for it to go extinct. Therefore, NBA Live 13 is going the way of the unicorn, as in “it doesn’t exist.” EA has officially pulled the plug on the troubled game, announcing that resources will instead be funneled into making the next iteration in the series the best it can possibly be.

The announcement was made official earlier today via a posting on the EA Sports website.

“After a lot of consideration, we have made the decision to not launch NBA Live 13,” said EA’s Andrew Wilson. “I’m disappointed that we have not yet met our high expectations with NBA Live, but I remain motivated about where we’re going. We’re committed to delivering new innovation in online, and our progress in the visual presentation of the game continues to take big strides. We also know that a great game starts with great gameplay, and this remains a huge priority for us.”

It was announced during E3 2013 that NBA Live 13 would be getting pushed back to make room for some additional development time. Instead, it looks like the game requires a bit more effort than some final polish, and what has been done so far will serve as a foundation for an NBA Live game to be released next year instead.

“Making great games is not easy, and we’re just not there yet on NBA Live 13,” Wilson said. “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.”

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