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EA Sports is 'still committed to basketball,' says Frank Gibeau

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EA hasn't forgotten about basketball

EA Sports is "still committed" to basketball despite the fact the developer has not released a new installment in the NBA Live series since 2009's release NBA Live 10, said president of EA Labels Frank Gibeau during the company's financials call, as reported by CVG.

Gibeau referenced successful sports titles FIFA 13 and Madden NFL 13 as examples of when "a spectacular core product sets us up for big opportunities with online services." He added that this year's planned release of NBA Live "did not meet that test."

NBA Live 13 was scheduled to release this year before being canceled. Its cancellation was first announced in September, following a statement from head of EA Sports label Andrew Wilson that explained the company concluded "we're just not there yet on NBA Live 13. ...It's clear that we won't be ready [to launch the game] in October."

"EA Sports is committed to basketball," said Gibeau in the call. "And we will publish a basketball game when we can match the quality of franchises like Madden NFL, NHL Hockey, Tiger Woods PGA Tour and FIFA Soccer."

Microsoft's Major Nelson recently confirmed the canceled NBA Live 13 was planned as a downloadable title, stating on Oct. 3 "NBA Live 13 was supposed to be today's XBLA title, but EA made the decision not to launch it today."

The NBA Live franchise will return next year.