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NBA 2K21 Patch 1.03 Available - More Gameplay, MyCAREER, MyTEAM Fixes & Improvements - Patch Notes Here

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NBA 2K21 Patch 1.03 Available - More Gameplay, MyCAREER, MyTEAM Fixes & Improvements - Patch Notes Here

NBA 2K21 game update 1.03 was released earlier this morning and here are the official patch notes. The patch features plenty of fixes and adjustments, including balance changes to dribbling, that expand your options for breaking down your opponents.

General

  • Fixed an issue that would lead to players getting removed from online matches when greening shots due to divergent settings.
  • Improved audio logic for PA announcer, crowd, halftime and studio show, sideline reporting, and special guest commentators.
  • Player likeness improvements for Damian Lillard.
  • Improved art, lighting, and text readability for various menus throughout the game.
  • Fixed a rare hang that could have happened upon joining the 2K Beach Neighborhood from a friend invite in the Squad app.
  • Fixed a minor graphical issue when the Tall Scrunch Socks and the Compression Pants were used together.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing existing tattoos to disappear when applying new tattoos in the Neighborhood.
  • Fixed a hang that would happen occasionally when using the Nav Menu in the Neighborhood while also using the Playa Del 2K (MyCOURT) menu.
  • Fixed a display issue in the Boost Stand where the price would sometimes be displayed incorrectly.
  • For Neighborhood Park/Rec/Pro Am games, the Ball Handle requirement to unlock Pro Dribble Moves has been lowered to 80.
  • Moved Park dribble moves to L3 (left stick click) for more consistent dribbling controls.
  • Improved frame rate performance for the Switch version of the game.
  • Fixed a PC-only issue where the user might get stuck on the Pro Stick Aiming selector screen at the main menu.

Gameplay

  • Increased the size of the shot meter, based on feedback from the community.
  • Reduced first step acceleration (aka “speedboost”) out of certain dribble moves.
  • Lowered the effectiveness of pull-up jump shots.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing CPU big men defenders to get matched up against guards.
  • Added the ability for more moves to yield ankle breakers and defensive reactions.
  • Improved responsiveness of shots coming from certain post moves.
  • Excellent Release jumper animations now play with green center-aimed shots on the Pro Stick.
  • Fixed a Pro Stick shooting exploit that allowed for easy aiming when holding the Pro Stick prior to receiving a catch.
  • General improvements to defensive movement, including more responsive shifts, cuts, and stops.

MyCAREER

  • Optimized performance, camera angles, and other visual elements for scenes in The Long Shadow.
  • Fixed an issue where if a player skipped the story in-between high school games, their injury carried over to the NBA.
  • General stability improvements in college games.
  • Fixed an issue where the Takeover meter may fail to increase in certain cases.
  • Fixed an issue where halftime would sometimes not trigger during MyPLAYER Builder games.
  • Fixed an issue where coach wouldn’t put you in the game during overtime games in high school.
  • Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause the Game Recap Totals screen to not display properly following MyCAREER NBA games.
  • Fixed a hang that could happen when a jump ball was triggered in MyCOURT’s new Personal Workout drill.
  • Fixed a hang that could happen for PC users when using the mouse to customize the Gatorade GX Bottle.

MyTEAM

  • Adjusted Single Player Triple Threat and Triple Threat Online difficulties, based on community feedback.
  • Added a new page to the back of Player Cards that lists the Upgradable Badges for that player.
  • Fixed a hang that could happen during the lineup matchups overlay from the Domination menu.
  • Fixed an Xbox One only issue that allowed the game clock to continue counting down while inbounding the ball.
  • Improved physics for Ball Drops.

MyLEAGUE / MyGM

  • New NBA Playoffs Mode bracket, matching the start of the current Playoffs.
  • Fixed an issue when overlays appeared with the incorrect year in WNBA Playoff mode.

Many more fixes included to improve the overall experience of NBA 2K21 across all game modes.

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  1. "Increased the size of the shot meter, based on feedback from the community."
    "General improvements to defensive movement, including more responsive shifts, cuts, and stops."
    These two fixes are the ones that definitely interest me the most. Hoping we see some better defensive play from the AI because right now, it's a mess.
    Shot creators nerfed again just like every year. It is so stupid that they tie pull up jumpshots with moving fading 3s together. So now because it is unrealistic for dudes to be hitting fading 3s they have to nerf every single moving shot. This just sets me off. I have mastered beating people off the dribble and hitting those midrange pullups witch is an extremely legit move but now that will be inconsistent because they can't nerf a sideways fading 3 separately.*
    Mbunn1993
    Changing the ball handling requirements for dribble moves so that people can buy even more VC and make new builds. What a shocking move by 2K.

    Yep this is so unbelievably shady, they know a lot of people will make new builds now and a lot will take the shortcut $$$...
    "Many more fixes included to improve the overall experience of NBA 2K21 across all game modes."
    I really hate when I read this. Just tell us the fixes instead of us trying to figure out if what we are seeing is because of the patch or just our imaginations.
    Lowering the requirements for elite dribbling sucks for people like myself that made their dude a certain way to just to be able to do that. If I knew this would happen, I would’ve sacrificed a lot of my ball handling for something else.
    Just seems like another $ grab knowing players about to start making new builds. They better lower the the dunk requirement for some contact dunks and/or other dunk animations at least.
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    tru11
    Might as well lower all requirements.
    Game getting less skilled every time.
    Hilarious for a game that want to be comp....
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    How is lowering the requirement for dribble moves a 'skill' thing? Unless you consider optimizing your initial build choices a skill?
    after patch the game is come back **** as last edition.
    Defense is broken, players miss defensive rotation, no help defense.
    Its last year that i buy this game
    Erithtotl
    How is lowering the requirement for dribble moves a 'skill' thing? Unless you consider optimizing your initial build choices a skill?

    80 rating did not have elite dribble moves.
    Means it came down to the player to make up for that.
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    Remember the good ol days when patches fixed bugs?
    I don't understand the logic behind tweaking gameplay back and forth for an entire release cycle just to do it all over again the next year. There hasn't been a consistent gaming experience in NBA 2K for over half a decade.
    The AI gameplay in this game was the best of this generation on release day. Two major patches later and the AI is playing like 2K20 again. A rim running nightmare with no dribbling IQ. Nothing in the patch notes adequately explains why the AI gameplay has changed so much from release day.
    How is the shooting now?
    I did notice green animations using the shot stick last night. They claim upgraded dame’s player likeness hopefully they changed his sig jumper then.
    BQ32
    Shot creators nerfed again just like every year. It is so stupid that they tie pull up jumpshots with moving fading 3s together. So now because it is unrealistic for dudes to be hitting fading 3s they have to nerf every single moving shot. This just sets me off. I have mastered beating people off the dribble and hitting those midrange pullups witch is an extremely legit move but now that will be inconsistent because they can't nerf a sideways fading 3 separately.*
    pullup midranger Were falling at nearly 90-100% with Good midrange shooters, regardless of aiming/Timing.
    Reduced first step acceleration (aka “speedboost”) out of certain dribble moves.

    For anyone playing User/CPU or CPU/CPU offline: It’s pretty obvious that the AI is running in mud again after this patch compared to pre-patch. I had to bump Accel w/ Ball Max by 10-20 in sliders to get back to pre-patch levels of ball handlers being explosive again.
    If you’re having issues with this and want to revert, then check your Accel w/ Ball levels and test at higher levels.
    dwayne12345
    LOL, but PC only just got 1.02!

    Repost from another thread, but just fyi:
    Im on Switch, not PC, but my guess is that 1.02 + 1.03 are bundled on Switch and PC. Not sure if theyve done this on PC before but I feel like for Switch on 2k20, several patches were like that. Switch and PC both have platform specific updates listed in the 1.03 patch notes, so it would be weird to list that and not release it on those platforms.
    Switch seems to have 1.02 updates like fixed 2kshare and Wiggins beard, as well as 1.03 updates like real life playoff bracket and larger meter, so it seems like a bundle. I didnt check to see the actual version number listed, but i bet it says 1.02, since for Switch users its the second patch. Makes it kind of annoying in terms of patch notes, since 1.02 for one platform could encompass the notes for 1.02+1.03 on another. But whatever. The important thing is just getting the patch
    I f****** knew it!!!!
    First time playing after 1.03 patch, gameplay is weird!!!
    There are a lot of bugs in substitution menu where players you want to sub in are disappearing, rotation on pick and roll are also now broken and noticed weird glitches when coming back from timeout to free throws.
    Once again, thank you 2k
    Mad people jumping to conclusions without even playing. All of these fixes seem like positive moves to me. Triple Threat offline has been way harder than it should have been. Time to see how I shoot after the patch...
    wisdom less13
    Mad people jumping to conclusions without even playing. All of these fixes seem like positive moves to me. Triple Threat offline has been way harder than it should have been. Time to see how I shoot after the patch...

    The problem is there is 3 different game modes (park, pvp and offline), but the gameplay patches effect global settings
    wisdom less13
    Mad people jumping to conclusions without even playing. All of these fixes seem like positive moves to me. Triple Threat offline has been way harder than it should have been. Time to see how I shoot after the patch...
    The first couple pages of the patch thread are always wild.
    Someone will come in guns blazing like "They deleted Kawhi Leonard from the game!!!!" then dissappear w/o a follow up. People will then escalate off that
    Gotta give it a while.
    The patch has been mostly positive on my end. Slightly's on the stick seem more reliable. Also, even though it was a big muscle memory shock I appreciate the tightening of defensive movement. If you have defensive assist on I would turn it off and adjust accordingly.
    This is on the PNO/Park/Pro Am side.
    Not sure if this has been mentioned, but I'd like to see them fix the computer generated players in MyLeague draft classes. They all have "very slow" releases by default.
    Last nights I have played a few games in MLO. Good defense system, Shoots Balanced between 3 point and midrange. The match became adaptive with our systems of the game. Very fun Matches. The game rewarded good defense.
    After Patch, my opponent, with same slide, he made 15/26 from 3point line.
    With D'angelo Russell, Murray, Forbes and Giannis. Not Splash Brothers.
    The Badges powers up too much in this game now. My opponent scored 3 shoots with my player glued at him.
    My players now sleep, with my opponent used floppy scheme.
    I've scored with three point shoots, mid range attack doesn't work anymore.
    I've the same sensations of last year. Very casual game basketball.
    I'm tired with this game, with this company. Very frustated.
    I’ve generally enjoyed 2K patches in the past. I think 2K20 was great and I don’t agree that patches have hurt the game (at least offline MyLeague). If there is an aspect I don’t like sliders usually fix it for me. I am waiting for 2K21 on PS5 still.
    ksuttonjr76
    2K Sports is consistent. This will be what...4 years in a row where the game was great out of the box until they started patching it?
    Well, at least we can say they are consistent at something.
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    I had a feeling Pro Dribble Moves requirement was going to be lowered. It's unfortunate for people who sacrificed so much to get the 85 Ball Control to unlock the good dribble packages but it's just another way for 2k to get more money. They should've left the requirements as they were in 2k20.
    5v5 PRO AM Ranked Matchmaking is still broke. Not sure how this happens every year but you can never get games. When you do the games mysteriously switch over to Private Matchmaking and you don't get any XP for it. This is the 3rd year in a row 5v5 has had matchmaking issues. Quite pathetic IMO.

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