EA Sports Defers Release Of NBA Live 20 To Late 2019

Posted: Jul 31 2019, 9:55am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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EA Sports defers release of NBA Live 20 to late 2019
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EA is pushing back the release of the highly anticipated basketball game from its originally planned September launch.

Electronic Arts will launch “NBA Live 20” in the third quarter of the company’s 2020 fiscal year, which means the basketball game is slated for release between October 1 and December 31.

The console game was initially expected to hit stores in September, during the same week as last year's “NBA Live 19.” A representative for EA Sports said the upcoming installment of“NBA Live” will feature a "different approach," but it is unclear if that is the reason for the delay of the title’s release.

"We're planning a different approach to NBA Live this year, and will have more to share in the quarter ahead," a company spokesperson told Polygon.

During a July 30 earnings call, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said the company remains committed to making basketball games, adding that EA’s“NBA Live” series is “getting better with each new installment.” Wilson also acknowledged rumors that “NBA Live 20” will be a free-to-play title, but he did not confirm or deny anything, according to Gamespot.

Meanwhile, “NBA Live” competitor “NBA 2K20,” developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports, will debut on September 6. Last year, both “NBA Live 19” and “NBA 2K19” launched in the same week.

EA’s next big release is “Madden NFL 20,” which will be available worldwide on Aug. 2 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Origin for PC. After that, “FIFA 20” is set to launch globally in Sept. 27 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Electronic Arts will also release “Need for Speed,” “Plants vs. Zombies” and “Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order” for console and PC in late 2019.

EA on July 30 also announced the Apex Legends Preseason Invitational, an esports tournament featuring the largest collection of competitive talent for an Apex Legends event. The event, which will be held from September 13 to September 15 in Kraków, Poland, will see 80 teams from around the world competing in a bracketed tournament to win a prize pool worth $500,000.

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