NBA Live 13 to land in the autumn

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives around Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake, left, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City,Gaming powerhouse EA Sports has confirmed it is to launch a new basketball sim later this year, the company’s first B-Ball offering in a number of years.

The game was outed by basketball star Kyrie Irving through Twitter earlier this week, but the studio has now officially announced that it is in development.

“We have a new studio and a new development team, and this fall we’ll launch an all-new experience that captures the future of basketball with NBA Live 13,” said EA.

“We’re looking forward to players giving us their feedback on the game, and next month we’ll welcome in fans from around the country to join in on the process of creating NBA Live 13 as well.”

The NBA Live branding was first used in 1994 following multiple rebrandings of the franchise. EA has not released a new instalment in the series for a home console since 2009.

The game is expected to arrive in October 2012.