It’s not easy to continually challenge yourself to be the best when there’s a lack of competition. Yet 2K has managed to do just fine with the NBA 2K series without another console basketball game pushing it (at least you tried, NBA Live), and NBA 2K21 should once again be among the best looking on the market. But this time around, the developer will have some extra power to play with by the end of the year, thanks to the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
When is the NBA 2K21 release date on Xbox One and PS4?
But exactly when is the question. Let’s use recent history to make an educated guess: The NBA 2K franchise has long been a September release, and the last four iterations have been creeping earlier and earlier in the month. NBA 2K20 dropped on Sept. 6, and it’s hard to see the trend reversing, so let’s stake out the first Friday in September and say that Sept. 4, 2020 is a mighty fine guess for an NBA 2K21 release date.
Will NBA 2K21 be a launch title for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5?
On the other hand, sports games are often expected to be launch titles for any new consoles, and NBA 2K14 was down since day one on Xbox One and PS4. It suggests NBA 2K21 will be a launch title on the new consoles hitting in 2020, even if we probably won’t know for sure until this summer.
Who will the cover athlete be for NBA 2K21?
That said, there’s already a strong feeling among the NBA 2K community that the NBA 2K21 cover should be used to honor the late Kobe Bryant. That would require a deal with his estate, but if 2K can figure out how to honor Kobe without looking like it is profiting from his tragic passing, having the Mamba on the cover would be a popular move. Its also possible that the standard version of the game will feature a current NBA player, and Bryant could be featured on the Legend Edition, as Dwyane Wade was for NBA 2K20.
Will MyTeam in NBA 2K21 have position lock again?
Though 2K has yet to announce exactly what it plans to change for MyTeam for NBA 2K21, although here’s hoping the developer add more solo content, for starters. It wouldn’t be surprising to see position lock return, too, if only because it helps control the MyTeam squads in Unlimited online play. We’re also keeping an eye on evolution’s return, currently well-received, so that cards can progress to higher levels.
Will NBA 2K21 have a brand new story for MyCareer mode?
That means that NBA 2K21 will almost certainly follow suit, if for no other reason than the series has already set a pretty high bar. The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 will give the developers even more power with which to show off their creativity. The Neighborhood could also use a facelift or refresh for the rest of everyone’s MyCareer play, and the new consoles would be the perfect excuse to reimagine the career hub.
Will NBA 2K21 support cross-platform play?
It wasn’t all that long ago that the thought of players squaring off on the same servers for sports games on Sony and Microsoft systems was a pipe dream. But the times, they are a-changin’, and titles like Fortnite and Rocket League, while not sports games, have set the framework for titles like NBA 2K21 to follow suit.
This is one area to watch once NBA 2K21 is unveiled, and would be warmly received by gamers everywhere. This writer’s personal opinion is that it’s still too early for games to play nice across the new Xbox and PlayStation consoles, but it would be a pleasant surprise if that prediction turns out to be wrong.
Close this hoops season out right
Hoop it up until the next game drops
Bringing the usual gameplay goodness and a host of different modes to satisfy just about anyone’s basketball cravings, NBA 2K20 warrants even more consideration now that it’s undergone its usual midseason price drop.
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