It's one thing to know you've got great competition, it's another to admit that they're doing much better than you. That's exactly what Peter Moore did in his interview with Industry Gamers, when he admitted that 2K Sports is doing much better than his EA Sports. He's not gonna sit and watch his guys eat some 2K dust though, he and his crew are "working very, very diligently" to close the gap that 2K made between them.
Citing the two competing publishers' NBA franchises as an indication, Peter Moore acknowledges their shortcomings and is in gear to do much better:
We obviously have continued work to do on NBA Live. We did get a 2-3 point increase on Metacritic year-on-year last year. The 2K guys do a great basketball game; we recognize that and give them credit where credit's due. At the same time, our team knows what they need to do to continue to close the gap between the two of us. That's what they're working on very, very diligently right now.
Last year, NBA Live got 77 on Metacritic, which is seven points below NBA 2K9 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360). NBA Live 10 (Xbox 360, PS3, PSP) producer Sean O'Brien has already promised improvements for the next Live title, promising that the 2010 installment will mark the franchise's comeback.
Well, love them or hate them, a better EA Sports lineup would keep 2K Sports on its toes, so the closer that competition becomes, the better we'll be seeing out of both of them. So here's to hoping that EA Sports delivers on that promise, and here's to better gaming.
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