NBA 2K21 Drops First Look At Next-Gen Gameplay
2K unveiled the first look at next-gen basketball today, dropping a gameplay trailer for NBA 2K21 that is…spectacular.
There is a whole lot to take away from this, not the least of which is that they’ve really nailed hair this time around. Look at the frankly insane amount of detail in Steph Curry – the pores, the little bit of neckbeard that escaped the razor, the way his fingers seem to actually contact the ball this year…
There are still some janky or stilted animations, but there are also some fantastic new touches like the way Curry swipes at the ball and then goes up for the block. If there’s a photo mode here – and there absolutely HAS to be right? – expect to see your Twitter timeline flooded with screenshots the day this hits stands.
NBA 2K21 on next-gen platforms gets a staggered release, with Xbox Series S and Series X version releasing November 10th alongside those consoles. The PS5 version for the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea releases November 12th, and then November 19th for all other regions.
Here’s the press release:
NBA 2K21 DELIVERS A JAW-DROPPING FIRST LOOK AT NEXT-GEN GAMEPLAY
Next-Gen NBA 2K21 Reaches New Heights in Graphical Realism and Presentation
2K today unveiled the first true look at what gamers can expect on next-generation consoles this November, debuting a brand new NBA 2K21 gameplay video captured on PlayStation®5. Built from the ground-up to fully utilize the incredible power, speed and technology of the next-generation of consoles, NBA 2K21 will be available on November 10 for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S globally, November 12 for PlayStation®5 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, and November 19 for PlayStation 5 in all other regions.
“Never before have we been able to deliver this level of visual fidelity and realism in a video game,” stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts. “NBA 2K21 is the standout title that best delivers the promise of next-gen: truly revolutionary graphics, lighting-fast load times and incredible new features and gameplay only possible on next-generation hardware.”
Today’s video features a raw look at next-gen gameplay for NBA 2K21, presenting an exhibition game between the Golden State Warriors and the Dallas Mavericks. Players are brought right up to the action on the hardwood – as if they suited up themselves – and the game is brought to life thanks to new AI systems that power every single person in the arena! From here, the new Rail Cam presents NBA 2K21 gameplay in a dynamic and visually stunning fashion, elevating the game to new immersive heights.
The next-gen version of NBA 2K21 is positioned to be an awesome leap forward and the largest game in franchise history. So much has been expanded and improved upon, including:
- An eye-popping leap in graphical advancements: next-gen lighting, textures, physics, animations, and more that push NBA 2K21’s visual presentation to the bleeding edge;
- Rebuilt player movement and player impact, driven by new on-court animation and collision engines that make for a smoother, tougher game;
- The entire arena comes to life, with more than 150 unique AI-driven characters interacting seamlessly to create a groundbreaking Lower Bowl experience;
- An expanded soundtrack with 202 songs at launch and more to come.
Today’s gameplay video is just the beginning with much more next-gen NBA 2K21 information coming soon. Beginning tomorrow, we’ll be breaking down all of the new next-gen gameplay-specific features across three Courtside Reports that cover core gameplay, new movement and the “Impact Engine,” as well as next-gen AI and major changes to the MyPLAYER Builder. Additionally, in the coming weeks, NBA 2K fans can look forward to learning about what’s new in MyCAREER, the WNBA, MyGM, and MyLEAGUE. And of course, fans will get an in-depth look into what will be the biggest expansion of NBA 2K’s online basketball community feature yet: the experience formerly known as the Neighborhood.
Developed by Visual Concepts, NBA 2K21 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S is Rated E for Everyone from the ESRB. For more information on NBA 2K21, please visit https://nba.2k.com/.
Visual Concepts is a 2K studio. 2K is a wholly owned publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).