What's up, 2K21 MT community! It was a rollercoaster year on several fronts, and we know it has not been simple for everyone being cooped up at home with everything in your life. Hopefully this blog will provide you something to look forward to in the world as you get ready with NBA 2K21! As we have been working hard to deliver you the hoops experience on both the current and next gen consoles it has been a busy year for all of us at Visual Concepts.
I can not tell you how enthusiastic the team is to reveal all of the new tech and amazing advances we're bringing to 2K basketball with the power of the next gen systems; but for today, let's take a look at some of the gameplay improvements coming your way to the current-gen version of NBA 2K21 starting on September 4 to PS4. Best of all, you'll have the chance to check out how the game functions for yourself when we release the NBA 2K21 demo on August 24 for PlayStation 4.
I had the chance to jump Damian Lillard, with cover athlete on a Zoom phone, a few weeks ago. He had a ton of great feedback and ideas and is a 2K gamer that is massive. But his biggest petition? Being able to make an oversized PG. So, for all you Penny Hardaway wannabes, you've got Dame to thank for that as we've upped the maximum height for PG to 6'8″. Dame continued to share his likes and dislikes of drama, which we then added into the wishlist that was conducting that we already had from the neighborhood. After compiling all of the comments, we came away with a fantastic collection of things that we understood the neighborhood wanted to see improved (e.g. long passes downcourt sailing out of bounds) and came up with skill-based options that would be fun and fair for everyone.
We have always prided ourselves as being the most authentic basketball simulation on the market, and that will never change. But among the challenges that we face is striking the right balance between creating a game that's fun and enjoyable for a broad range of fans and simulating real life. That's where the debate on Ability Gap vs. Accessibility comes into play. The goal we take for is to make a game that's simple to pick up and perform for new consumers while also providing enough of a skill gap for veteran users to actually showcase their talent. 1 way we set out to accomplish that was through construction a solid pair of sliders and carefully mapping the appropriate settings to all the various modes in our game.
So whether it's your first time playing against the CPU at Quick Play, messing around with your buddies in the Park, or fighting at a high stakes Ante Up or aggressive Pro-Am game, there is a vast assortment of gameplay experiences and definitely something for everyone in NBA 2K21. So to sum up this segment, I do not really have a fancy rear of the box marketing name for the work that went into gameplay balance and"fun-ifying" that the on-court experience, but I'm pretty certain that longtime lovers of 2K basketball will soon notice the improvements and love what the group was able to achieve.
The Pro Stick was a staple of 2K basketball for the most part now, and for decades, has largely gone unchanged. For NBA 2K21, we watched this to freshen up the game on the offensive end. In games, the Guru Stick could be held by you in any way. This was restricting us from using the right rod as a fully featured dribble stick. So this year, we're creating a fairly significant change to how the Pro Stick works. With this shift, we have managed to greatly expand the dribble move arsenal and provide you access to buy mt coins more motions at a more intuitive control scheme.