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Diehard video gamers ready to give EA Sports another chance at its one-time dominant NBA Live franchise can now mark their calendars with a confirmed release date for NBA Live 14.

Barring any unforeseen setbacks, EA Sports’ revamped series tips off November 19.

NBA Live 14 will be released Nov. 19 on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, publisher Electronic Arts said on the game’s Twitter account today. That means the basketball game won’t quite make the PS4’s North American launch, which will take place the previous Friday, Nov. 15. However, NBA Live 14 will be available in time for the Xbox One’s North American release on Nov. 22, three days after the game comes out. (Polygon)

The iconic video game company also released NBA Live 14’s first gameplay screenshot.

Prior to this point, Electronic Arts had only confirmed that NBA Live 14 would be released in the “launch window,” by the end of 2013. The game’s competition, NBA 2K14 from 2K Sports, will be available on PS4 and Xbox One at their respective release dates. Meanwhile, EA’s other next-generation sports titles — Madden NFL 25 and FIFA 14 — will be released Nov. 12 on PS4 and Nov. 19 on Xbox One. EA Sports also released the first NBA Live 14 gameplay screenshot today; it features the game’s cover athlete, Kyrie Irving. (Polygon)

EA Sports added some heat to NBA 2K14’s cover star LeBron James by unveiling its mystery NBA Live 14 cover art back in July.

In a year where EA Sports will be introducing games for next generation XBox, the video game maker has selected one of the NBA’s brightest young stars as the cover athlete of its upcoming NBA Live 14 game. Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will grace the cover of the series, which hasn’t been published in four years. EA Sports touts a new in-game physics engine that apparently will allow gamers more precision-dribble control than in previous editions. It’ll be interesting to see how the game competes against NBA2K14, the latest installment of the segment-leading NBA2K series, which will feature LeBron James on the cover. (USA Today)

LeBron recently explained his motivation for teaming up with the 2K Sports franchise.

“My friends, family and fans all know how much I love NBA 2K,” James said in a statement. “I remember, as a kid, getting so excited for the game to come out and see who was on the cover, and it’s amazing to be a part of this great tradition. I love partnerships and opportunities that connect me directly with fans. I know from my own experience and now watching my own kids, NBA 2K is among the coolest and purest ways for fans to connect to the NBA. I love being a part of it.” (ESPN)

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