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EA Sports Officially Cancels NBA Live 20


Today, EA Sports broke news that some expected for months: NBA Live 20 has been cancelled and will not be released. The future of the series is now in major doubt, as EA told Polygon the game wouldn’t be revisited until the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett hit the market. Here is everything we know about NBA Live 20’s cancellation.


This summer, EA Sports announced that NBA Live 20 would be delayed until at least “late 2019,” which led experts and fans alike to doubt a release would ever come.

Amid today’s developments, EA released the following statement.

ImageIt’s an extremely vague and troubling message from EA. Phrases like “putting in reps” and “we’ll be on the grind” say almost nothing, and nowhere in the statement does EA guarantee a new NBA Live game in the future.

“We’re not launching a new NBA Live HD product this season. Instead, we’re expanding our vision, leaning hard into the new leading-edge platforms, and taking the time to ensure we deliver against the opportunity for our players,” EA chief executive Andrew Wilson told Polygon.

The simple fact is that NBA Live has never been able to recover since the NBA Elite 11 fiasco, and NBA 2K has controlled the market ever since. NBA 2K20 has dominated the  video game market this year, as the NPD Group announced recently that 2K20 is currently the best-selling video game in 2019.

It is possible EA will use the resources from NBA Live and put them towards a possible NCAA Football game. Earlier today, the NCAA voted to begin paying college athletes for use of their name and likeness, meaning a new video game could be on the horizon.

You can read more about NBA Live 20’s cancellation here.

What do you think of today’s news? Were you expecting NBA Live 20 to be cancelled, or were you looking forward to playing the game next year? What does this mean for the future of the NBA Live franchise? Let us know in the comment section below, and don’t forget to subscribe to SGO.

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Lorenzo T. Neuzil
2 years ago

They are focusing on NCAA releases on ps5

Greg Scott
2 years ago

Jason Black

Jason Black
2 years ago
Reply to  Greg Scott

Greg Scott Nooooooo…. Oh the humanity!!!!

Rafael Salazar
2 years ago

NBA LIVE Is Going To Focus On Next-Gen Console. #PS5

Neil Ellis
2 years ago
Reply to  Rafael Salazar

Rafael Salazar I hope it’s epic. I’m going through withdrawals

Chris Rudd
2 years ago

I’ll still play Nba Live 19 over getting 2k20. 2k been weak last 3 games. Live 18 and 19 were better in my opinion.

Neil Ellis
2 years ago

Seriously? I love that game

Adam Zaleski
2 years ago

Matthew Kwasnicki