2K has revealed almost 4 minutes of NBA 2K21 next-gen gameplay footage today, featuring the Golden St. Warriors vs. New Orleans Pelicans. Executive producer Erick Boenisch and gameplay director Mike Wang provide the commentary over the footage, providing a closer look at some of the new advancements brought on by the arrival of next-gen hardware.
Some of the highlights include:
- Lightning-Fast Load Times: By utilizing the built-in solid-state drives (SSDs) of the next-gen consoles, NBA 2K21 now features incredibly short load times that get players directly into the action;
- Closer to the Real Basketball than Ever: Next-gen advancements around movement, impact, shooting, dribbling and more lead to an NBA 2K experience that blurs the line between game and reality;
- The Arena Comes to Life: A new standard of crowd interactivity has been established in NBA 2K21, thanks to the more than 150 AI-powered characters populating the Lower Bowl of the arena;
- New Perspective to the Game: The dynamic new Rail Cam presentation transports the player to the hardwood floors, providing a full view of the game and highlights the incredible visual fidelity of the players and arena.
The next-gen version of NBA 2K21 features two separate commentary teams. In addition to the current cast of Kevin Harlan, Greg Anthony and David Aldridge, players will also hear games cast by Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Grant Hill (color commentator) and Allie LaForce (sideline reporter), keeping the overall commentary experience fresh. Great analysis will still be provided by special guests which include Doris Burke, Steve Smith, Chris Webber, Brent Barry and Clark Kellogg and more.
This Thursday, 2K will reveal new game modes and features exclusive to the next-gen version of NBA 2K21 and further down the road, a full unveil of NBA 2K’s online basketball community feature that replaces the experience known as the Neighborhood.
NBA 2K21 will release globally on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on November 10. The game releases on November 12 for PlayStation 5, here in the United States, as well as Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. The rest of the PlayStation 5 world will see it on November 19.