NBA Live 14 executive producer Sean O’Brien posted an open letter last week apologizing for the state of the game, promising to address several specific complaints with EA’s first new basketball game in years.
“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 wrote in an open letter posted on EA Sports’ official NBA Live 14 page. “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.”
Concerning the game’s steep learning curve, O’Brien said EA Sports is “working on improving the way the game teaches the controls and on-boards new users.” In the meanwhile, EA is producing a series of Twitch Live Streams geared toward teaching players how to play NBA Live 14.
O’Brien also said that they plan on addressing the game’s disappointing graphics and animations, promising “drastic and immediate improvements.” According to O’Brien the graphical quality of NBA Live 14 was sacrificed in favor of gameplay.
“We felt authentic gameplay, control and the connected experience would provide the best foundation for the future,” O’Brien wrote. “As a result, game visuals and animation polish suffered.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” O’Brien concluded. “I’ve got a lot of work to do. It started 12 months ago, and continues until we build this franchise bigger and better than it ever was. This is just the first chapter in the NBA Live comeback story.”