NBA Live 14' Producer Addresses the Game's Multiple Issues and Head-Stretching Graphics, Promises Improvements
As we already know by now, NBA Live 14’s isn’t exactly what we all hoped it would be, while there’s top dribbling mechanics there doesn’t seem to be anything else. Good news, for those who haven’t sold their copy, your cries have not gone unnoticed. Executive Producer, Sean O’Brien wants players to know the development team has heard the feedback and has a plan to “make NBA Live 14 a better game as quickly as we can.”
In an open letter on the EA Sports website, O’Brien addressed recent criticism of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One basketball game,
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. Looking at your feedback, we have laid out a plan to make NBA Live 14 a better game as quickly as we can.
One of the many complaints is that the game is unnecessarily too difficult to learn, as a result the developers are “working on improving the way the game teaches the controls and on-boards new users.” For those still struggling with the game’s mechanics, fear not for the developers will conduct a series of Twitch stream to teach players. Until then you can check out the Controller Guide, Perfecting Your Style and Levels of the Dribble post for help.
As for those completely baffled by the game’s low-grade graphics (like me), apparently graphics weren’t a priority, their goal was to simply have a game available this year. However, O’Brien explained that EA also plans to make “drastic and immediate improvements.”
He went on to explain,
In order to get gameplay up and running this year we had to prioritize. We felt authentic gameplay, control and the connected experience would provide the best foundation for the future. As a result, game visuals and animation polish suffered. Improvements on these fronts are also in development now for NBA Live 14. You will notice in the coming weeks and months that the game’s visuals and animation will improve significantly.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson also addressed NBA Live 14 on the company’s official site, reiterating the desire to improve the game.
I do think we have built a strong foundation, so we’re accelerating a number of game updates to address your biggest issues, including improving the way the game teaches the new gameplay controls. We promised to get back to top form with NBA Live, and we’re committed to delivering on that. We are in this for the long haul.
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