It had been quite a while since we saw something substantial from the NBA Live 14 team aside from the errant blog post. Today, after a week of rumored delays (with a release date slow to announce) and swirling news about rival NBA 2K14’s Crew mode and its perceived lack of delivery on the “Crew mode is back” promise, NBA Live 14 gets a juicy new trailer.
Billed as a “First Look Gameplay Trailer” featuring some 5-on-5 action, this was still a little more sizzle than some people had been hoping, but more content is on the way in the form of EA Sports’ usual developer diary playbooks. One point of interest is the playbook detailing NBA Live 14’s Connected Experiences mode, which one would expect to be an experience similar to Madden’s Connected Franchise or even NHL 14’s GM Connected (in which multiple players can take the ice together on the same team through a career mode).
Certainly since cynicism is sinking into NBA 2K14’s campaign with their social media follow-driven ratings reveals, somewhat disingenuous Crew mode detail reveal, and complete lack of Crew mode for next-gen consoles on which NBA Live 14 will rely, the NBA Live team a great deal of marketing opportunities to be excited about. Of course, as is the motif with this series over the past few years, potential and patience desperately needs to be delivered upon. We’ll bring you more details as they come.
Until then, we’ll still a few months away from NBA Live 14, which will launch only on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on November 19th.