After three years of absence, the NBA Live series made a return this
year, and it didn't turn out that well. Executive producer for the game,
Sean O’Brien, recently posted a letter online responding to the
criticism, and promising better games in the future.
"I’m not going to lie; it’s been a rough week. As you can imagine, this isn’t exactly the NBA Live comeback story we were hoping for this year," O’Brien says in the beginning of the letter, which you can read here. You can check out our review of the game here, where we gave the game a four out of 10. The game currently sits at a 45 out of 100 on Metacritic.
In the letter O'Brien goes on to say, "We hear loud and clear that some of you are disappointed in various aspects of NBA Live 14, and I’m sorry if the game doesn’t live up to your expectations. Looking at your feedback, we have laid out a plan to make NBA LIVE 14 a better game as quickly as we can." The developers have plans to expand the game's tutorials so it will be easier to learn, as well as host Twitch streams for more education on best play practices. O'Brien also says that you can expect to see updates that will help with the games visuals and animations soon.
O'Brien finishes up the letter saying, "For those of you who have supported us throughout this development cycle and continue to have our backs now, thank you. We’ve got a lot of work to do; I’ve got a lot of work to do."
It's always good to hear game developers taking criticism to heart – even if it's not easy. NBA Live has a lot of catching up to do to the 2K series, but it sounds like EA and O'Brien are up for the challenge.