A few weeks before the game’s release, the first info on NBA 2K22 is starting to come out. After unveiling the various covers, 2K Sports will now focus on discussing the specifics of the game in the coming weeks until early September, when its release.
The second stage took place last week with a videoconference in the presence of Erick Boenisch (executive producer), Mike Wang (gameplay director), and Jonathan Smith (producer of My Team mode), during which the various modes and main new features have been mentioned.
Unlike other great sports simulations which very quickly abandon the “old generation” of consoles when the “next-gen” course has been set in motion, 2K Sports has decided… not to decide, presenting a worked version of NBA 2K22 for each generation of consoles, PS5 and Xbox Series X / S on one side, and PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC on the other, aware that this community is still largely the most active.
Gameplay: the art of counter reimagined
The efforts on the Gameplay have obviously been concentrated on the same points, all generations combined. We are more sure of the fit than a real revolution, as one might expect.
As for the attack, new moves “signature” and combos will appear. The shooting in suspension and the precision of its gauge have also been revised, but this is what we had already announced last year … 2K Sports underlined that it will also be possible to dunk or alley- oop despite a “big defense”, based on your skills.
The emphasis has apparently been placed more on defense, including the completely redesigned blocking system and the presence of new defensive tools.
“We have completely reinvented our system of blocks, interceptions, the way the defender moves and the way to contest a shot”, underlined Mike Wang, who also recalled the paramount importance of the search for ” the balance “ between attack and defense. “They reward IQ Basket, stick skills. We really made sure that the defense could change the course of a game this season ”.
A new city for the “next-gen”
New features in the My Career mode are still expected, all the more so since the creation of a complete city in “open world” and divided into several districts on the “next-gen” versions during the previous edition. It is in this mode that the opuses are distinguished mainly between the two generations of console.
For the “next-gen” version, you will evolve in a whole new city, which will be more “alive and lively”. A city full of new things and interactions, with the possibility of facing “My Player” characters from all over the world and more and more content.
“On the previous edition, the city experience was a bit dead because there were only real players and no other person controlled by the computer. The buildings were… there, but you couldn’t really interact with them, there wasn’t much going on. In a way, it was part of the plan. It takes so many years to build a big environment like “The City” and what you can do in it. And NBA 2K22 is taking a big step in this direction, in what we want to achieve with our city ”, said Erick Boenisch.
A new quest system, offering new ways to level up and earn rewards, will also be present.
The question of “matchmaking” has also been made more quickly accessible with the possibility of facing other players during quick games much more easily, these being sometimes long to set up.
A cruise ship moored in the neighborhood for “current” generations
For the generations of “current” consoles, 2KSports also wants to send heavy loads with a great novelty within its district, adjoined by a maritime bridge on which will be a cruise ship which will sail to the rhythm of the seasons to discover “places. exotic ”where new thematic challenges and oppositions can be organized.
“It’s a neighborhood built on the spacious decks of a cruise ship. A place you can explore, where you can play basketball in what we call “nautical luxury”, continued Erick Boenisch. “There will be events during the season that will allow you to take the boat and visit certain places”.
During the week, you will be able to see an island on which new events will take place. It will also be the perfect opportunity to increase the possibilities to explore the four corners of the globe. Egypt and Iceland are already on the program. The “Excursion counter” could quickly become your new favorite meeting point!
An “extra-basketball” empire to build
As for the history of the My Career mode, which will be the same over the two generations, it will be punctuated by “side adventures” which will make the story evolve differently according to your choices. But the emphasis should above all be on everything related to “extra-basketball” activities and experiences, in a more global adventure, unlike the traditional story of the rise of the average player or the nugget that spawns a way to the NBA, from China, the G-League or the College on a story mode focused 90% on the beginning of the mode. This year, the story will begin at home, in your neighborhood or in your city.
On NBA 2K22, it will of course be a question of ensuring basketball but also being able to evolve within other universes, according to the passions and hobbies of each one, whether it is fashion, business, or even business. hip-hop!
An empire that will also be built by real estate assets including “your home, at the center of the history and progress of My Career” and which will become more and more imposing over the course of your career. We will have to wait until September to have more information on this mode.
My Team: the return of Draft mode
Another very popular mode, the “My Team” will see the return of the “Draft” mode, allowing to select a complete formation among a list of players updated continuously. New challenges, rewards and events will make each Season unique and never before seen in MyTEAM.
Note that progress, collections, VC wallets, points and tokens from “My Team” can be transferred from one generation of console of the same family to another.
Finally, the confirmation of the principle of the Seasons, successfully implemented in the previous edition, was also announced. These will remain free for all NBA 2K22 players in the modes, “My Team” and “My Career”, offering approximately every six weeks an arsenal of new features that extend the life of these modes already provided. The season enriched experience will be discussed during the month of August, during which “The W”, the mode taking place in WNBA will also be discussed.
Finally, in terms of price and availability, here is the bill:
– Standard edition 74.99 euros
– Cross-gen digital pack 84.99 euros
– NBA2K22 75th anniversary edition 99.99 euros
– Standard edition: 69.99 euros
– Standard edition [Nintendo Switch/PC] : 59,99 euros
– NBA2K22 75th anniversary edition: 99.99 euros
Release date : September 10, 2021