In short, the entire interface of NBA 2K has a much more holistic feel than current generation versions. 2K Studio Art Director Anton Dawson told me that the team has a whole new set of tools for scanning player faces and arena lighting, and they’ve been working on the next generation version since mid too. development program 2K20. In short, everything about how players were brought into the game and then rendered and lighting has changed and you can see the results on the screen.Outside of simulation, the big new idea for NBA 2K21 next generation is City. It’s billed as the next step after Neighborhood and it’s a truly open world, where you can walk around, join one of four branches and compete in one-on-one (or group) events. bigger). You walk, skateboard or cycle around it. There are shops, pick-ups, etc. There’s even a FourSquare-esque feature that lets you run for mayor of each county, complete with in-game voting locations for voting every six weeks when the New elections are held. The four mayors would then manage the appropriate soundtracks, design the courts of their branches and customize the look and feel of their district. Hundreds of players will come back and forth at a given time, although when I jumped into the preview build, only a few QA testers were figuring out. Still, it’s an attractive feature if Visual Concept can pull it off successfully.
The new 2K also doubles WNBA integration. You now have a full MyPlayer career mode, along with a full online tournament option. I played a bit as the Phoenix Mercury, or my only professional Arizona sports team that is truly capable of winning the championship, and certainly these women move differently and play differently. to men, as they should. The Visual Con Concept validation here seems to be correct, which 2K says is due to the women and men on the team, the big WNBA fans.And back on the men’s side, MyCareer offers a new story mode called Long Shadow, which introduces the G League as another major career path option besides college. Ironically, various enemies from the MyCareer modes of previous years will return here as teammates on your G League team, complete with plenty of out-of-court dramas that are bound to be. follow.
It will be interesting to see how the new beginnings of NBA 2K21 on the next generation come together. My practice period is very encouraging, but things like The City will need to be experienced with a full and dynamic community of real-life players. NBA 2K21 will launch on Xbox Series X on November 10 and on PS5 on November 12.
Ryan McCaffrey is IGN’s Preview Executive Editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DMC_Ryan, pick him up on Unlocked and drop him a Taylor Ham burger from New Jersey whenever possible.