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NBA 2K21 Patch #2 Arrives on PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X|S - Patch Notes & Screenshots

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NBA 2K21 Patch #2 Arrives on PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X|S - Patch Notes & Screenshots

NBA 2K21 game update #2 has arrived on the Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, featuring multiple improvements, fixes, polish and quality of life changes to the game across multiple modes. 2K has implemented gameplay adjustments around player movement and contact dunks, The City performance, new player likeness improvements and more.

Check out the patch notes below.

General

  • Continued improvements of the Lower Bowl feature across all NBA arenas
  • Resolved a rare hang when using an uploaded face scan from the MyNBA2K app
  • New sponsor patch has been added to the Boston Celtics uniforms
  • New York Liberty logo has been updated to the latest design
  • Toned down reflections on glasses and goggles on coaches and players
  • Improved hair physics on female dancers
  • Fixed an issue with the Atlanta Hawks mascot’s tail
  • Likenesses have been updated for the following players/coaches:
    • Jimmy Butler
    • D’Angelo Russell
    • Jayson Tatum
    • Trey Burke
    • Phil Jackson
    • Christian Wood
    • Mychal Mulder
    • Mfiondu Kabengele
    • A number of newly drafted players from the NBA Draft

Gameplay

  • A new option has been added to allow you to change Shot Meter Color
  • Frequency of contact dunks and alley-oops has been slightly decreased
  • Multiple improvements to motion, including to take charge animations, v-cuts, sprint launches, and dribbling
  • Various improvements have been made to triple threat animations and post behaviors
  • Improved AI layup selection when close to the basket
  • The Green Machine badge will now properly show up in the HUD when activated
  • Made some changes to prevent alley-oops from being thrown from behind the backboard
  • Free throw accuracy has been slightly improved overall

The City

  • Improvements to performance in the City, particularly during gameplay
  • Improvements and additions to various buildings/objects/landscapes/lighting in the City
  • Game recaps on affiliation courts now display a reminder that games played outside of your own affiliation’s courts accrue 50% less rep
  • Fixed an issue where progress was not kept in The Rec when all users of the opposing team quit out
  • Resolved an issue in Pro-Am that could cause players to show up as invisible
  • Now only friends currently playing NBA 2K21
  • will be displayed on the phone
  • There is now a button to invite players directly when viewing your friends list on the phone
  • A second set of affiliation uniforms has been added in the appropriate stores
  • Enhancements have been made to the City Map
  • Addressed various issues where the try-on feature was acting irregularly in some stores
  • A new storefront has been added for the New Balance store in the City
  • Addressed a rare hang that could occur when waiting in the Pro-Am lobby after coming from the Rec
  • Corrected some alignment issues with the low rider bike
  • Opponent strength bonus is now being displayed in the Recap after Pro-Am games
  • Socks in Pro-Am will now properly respect the sock length set by the player
  • Corrected a problem with the Garage Hoops Strikeout game when several players were involved
  • Players will no longer be kicked out of the match if idle when teams are being set up for Garage Hoops games
  • Fixed an issue where players could disappear after Garage Hoops and Gatorade Rental Court games

MyCAREER

  • The difficulty bonus for both VC and MyPOINTS/badge progression is now being properly displayed in the postgame Recap screen for MyCAREER games
  • Physical attributes will now be correctly boosted when moving up from 95-99 OVR
  • Fixed a rare hang that could occur when attempting to load your MyCAREER save while a game update was pending
  • Corrected some issues with interested colleges during the high school portion of The Long Shadow
  • Improvements have been made to the postgame crowd at the end of NBA games in MyCAREER
  • 2K Beats songs that have been user-disabled will no longer play when returning to the MyCAREER landing

MyNBA

  • Addressed an issue with team control when entering G League games in MyNBA
  • You will now be awarded VC for playing G League games in MyNBA
  • Resolved a hang that occurred when releasing a two-way player to free agency that was currently assigned to the G League
  • Addressed a hang that could occur when attempting to view specific notifications on the Main Menu
  • You can now select teams from both the Team Details and Governor Details pages during MyNBA/MyWNBA creation
  • Ensured that the Ring Ceremony and Banner Reveal segments will always appropriately play
  • Fixed a hang that could occur in the Player Training menu when editing a player’s focus
  • WNBA Playoff Mode will now correctly begin in the year 2021
  • Multiple other stability improvements and changes to improve the overall experience

The W

  • Corrected a rare issue that could make your MyPLAYER become invisible in The W
  • Popularity will now properly increase when finishing a game of The W Online
  • Addressed a problem with certain animations being incorrectly equipped by default and not previewing during selection
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  1. I just booted up my xbox and checked game updates and there were none, booted up 2k and it said update required go back to the main menu - went back to dashboard to check updates again and there were none.
    so I'm just wondering how people are seeing a 4gig update?
    I'm now wondering if I should uninstall the game and hope that it keeps my save files...
    The patch notes didn't address my issues which are mycareer related - no nba replay's, all mycareer players change each other's look and name to be the same, and camera setting defaults everytime to myplayer even if it's saved to something else.
    so later when I have time I'll hope those are resolved but I doubt it and at that point will look into uninstall/re-install
    nothing on fouls, nothing on color corrrections and nothing on defensive improvements. ouch
    0 for 3 on the things I was really hoping for. I'm glad they are fixing things even if I dont care about them, someone else does so that's good.
    ch46647
    Looks like defensive coach settings are sticking for those asking

    Offensive Settings still have the bug. You can't get the "Focus Player" to stick to manual upon exit. You also can't change "Pace" & "Rebounds" from "Controlled by Ace" despite it being turned off as an option. The plays are set to "Bench Plays" by default instead of "Starter Plays" as they should be at the beginning of a game. Lastly, you can't get the "Freelance" to change properly and stick when exiting the menu. I've reported them all via 2KSupport so hopefully these errors are fixed for patch 3.
    Overall i think this was a great patch from 2K. It fixed a lot of the "major" or more prevalent issues in the game.
    Now there are just minor(but important) fixes needed:
    - Fix offensive settings menu in-game to allow changed settings to stick once the game begins. Things like freelances, Focus Player, specifically.
    - Allow us to change our freelances mid-game while on the court. The defense can change their coverage to man or zone but offense can't change their spacing freelances unless you call a timeout.
    - Shot contests could still use some tweaking. Lower the frequency of highly contested shots being greened. 40% contest and higher should have a very very very small chance if at all of being greened.
    Gameplay is in a good place and doesn't need a lot of tweaks, at least not yet. A few more small fixes and we are looking at a 10/10 game.
    EarvGotti
    Overall i think this was a great patch from 2K. It fixed a lot of the "major" or more prevalent issues in the game.
    Now there are just minor(but important) fixes needed:
    - Fix offensive settings menu in-game to allow changed settings to stick once the game begins. Things like freelances, Focus Player, specifically.
    - Allow us to change our freelances mid-game while on the court. The defense can change their coverage to man or zone but offense can't change their spacing freelances unless you call a timeout.
    - Shot contests could still use some tweaking. Lower the frequency of highly contested shots being greened. 40% contest and higher should have a very very very small chance if at all of being greened.
    Gameplay is in a good place and doesn't need a lot of tweaks, at least not yet. A few more small fixes and we are looking at a 10/10 game.

    On the shot contests. I would disagree if the contest percentage works as i think it does. I was under the impression that the shot contest dealt with the gather and the release. So if its 40 percent gather and 0 percent release. Then green should be possible.
    I very rarely have someone make a shot on me when i have a solid contest. But, i only play with the real teams.
    Haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. Were there any improvements to off-ball contact animations? Seems like unless a screen is being set the players CANNOT trigger any type of animation when running into one another.
    In years past we’ve at least had players trigger a simple brush-past animation when moving through congested areas, but now they just keep running into an invisible force field around every player on the court.
    EccentricMeat
    Haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. Were there any improvements to off-ball contact animations? Seems like unless a screen is being set the players CANNOT trigger any type of animation when running into one another.
    In years past we’ve at least had players trigger a simple brush-past animation when moving through congested areas, but now they just keep running into an invisible force field around every player on the court.

    Been playing for the last hour, and there has been 0 improvement to contact animations. Unless a player is running into a pick/screen, they won't respond to other players off the ball.
    Please fix this 2K, it looks ridiculous.
    EccentricMeat
    Been playing for the last hour, and there has been 0 improvement to contact animations. Unless a player is running into a pick/screen, they won't respond to other players off the ball.
    Please fix this 2K, it looks ridiculous.

    I don't have the game, but this seems like a big deal to me.
    jfsolo
    I don't have the game, but this seems like a big deal to me.

    Yea, I don't understand how this is missing from the game when we've had these animations for almost the entire previous console generation.
    And just to clarify: I'm talking about two off-ball players. The player with the ball will still trigger animations with nearby defenders when there should be contact (at least with the proper slider tweaks). But two off-ball defenders running into each other will not trigger any kind of animation, they'll just keep running in place into each other like there's an invisible force field around the other player. Or a defender running into an offensive player, same thing unless that offensive player is setting a pick/screen.
    There are 0 brush-past or fight-through-traffic animations being triggered.
    daveee87
    Vibrating and haptic feature is still not working on PS5 with the new controller. Motors still just clicking...

    Is everyone experiencing this? Surprised there isn't more talk about it. Preventing me from playing right now
    steve115658
    Is everyone experiencing this? Surprised there isn't more talk about it. Preventing me from playing right now

    I’m having the same issue
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    pjt8405
    Offensive Settings still have the bug. You can't get the "Focus Player" to stick to manual upon exit. You also can't change "Pace" & "Rebounds" from "Controlled by Ace" despite it being turned off as an option. The plays are set to "Bench Plays" by default instead of "Starter Plays" as they should be at the beginning of a game. Lastly, you can't get the "Freelance" to change properly and stick when exiting the menu. I've reported them all via 2KSupport so hopefully these errors are fixed for patch 3.
    They definitely got to fix the play calling. I was completely focused on how to use it today, but to me it just seemed like everything's just random. I went to scrimmage mode, and I couldn't get changes to stick for nothing, or I couldn't understand why certain change were taking place.
    At the end of the day, the play calling system is completely busted.
    steve115658
    Is everyone experiencing this? Surprised there isn't more talk about it. Preventing me from playing right now

    Yep it’s happening with me too. I’ve learned to ignore it but I really hope it does get fixed.
    My GF says she can’t play because she needs the vibration when shooting lol
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    steve115658
    Is everyone experiencing this? Surprised there isn't more talk about it. Preventing me from playing right now
    Umm just disable it?
    Sent from my SM-N986U using Tapatalk
    Has anyone attempted a trade during the draft? I had the 5th pick and traded it to the Kings for their 7th and Buddy Hield. After completing the trade, it went back to the draft with the kings now on the clock with the 5th pick. Where the problem came in was that the Kings didn't even have the 7th pick, they had the 9th and I didn't even get it, they still kept the pick?!? Hadn't seen any issues like this posted so just curious if this may have just been a one off glitch or if anyone else has had something like this happen.
    EccentricMeat
    Haven’t had a chance to try it out yet. Were there any improvements to off-ball contact animations? Seems like unless a screen is being set the players CANNOT trigger any type of animation when running into one another.
    In years past we’ve at least had players trigger a simple brush-past animation when moving through congested areas, but now they just keep running into an invisible force field around every player on the court.

    I could be wrong but I BELIEVE in one of Da Czar's streams a few weeks ago, he said this change was intentional to help prevent defenders from running into each other and leaving offensive players open when trying to rotate.
    EarvGotti
    I could be wrong but I BELIEVE in one of Da Czar's streams a few weeks ago, he said this change was intentional to help prevent defenders from running into each other and leaving offensive players open when trying to rotate.

    If so, that was a SHOCKINGLY poor decision. Defenders still run into each other, and the problem is actually worse with this change. Instead of triggering a brush-past animation like years past, the defender now just runs in place because there’s an invisible wall around the other players. It looks and feels ridiculous, and makes off ball movement an absolute joke.
    They NEED to fix this.
    In my nba and I play a game it still defaults back my offensive settings to pound inside. Seemed like it worked after patch but having same issues today
    ksuttonjr76
    They definitely got to fix the play calling. I was completely focused on how to use it today, but to me it just seemed like everything's just random. I went to scrimmage mode, and I couldn't get changes to stick for nothing, or I couldn't understand why certain change were taking place.
    At the end of the day, the play calling system is completely busted.

    Yep. This is number 1 on my priority list at this point.
    With auto playcalling on, the AI has no feel for when to embrace transition/scoring/spot up opportunities. Once the play is called 1 second into the shot clock, your teammates have no desire to play off of scoring actions.
    Or you can turn auto playcalling off, in which case there is no way to just have the coach call a random play.
    2k, Pleeeease bring back a 'smart play' option. It'd be perfect if we could press 'left' on the dpad and see 'smart play' as an option next to the isolation, motion, floppy, etc.
    For now, players have to choose between a fast-paced free-for-all offense and a slow, bogged down, playcalling offense. We should be able to use both.
    A lack of fouls
    Awful help and PNR defense
    Coaching settings not sticking
    These three things have to be addressed in the next patch. The coach settings not sticking is such a detriment to the enjoyment of this awesome game.
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    Luke Skywalker
    2K has to fix fouls. I have the Shooting Foul slider at 85... in three quarters so far, CPU is 11/11 but I am 1/1.

    That's super weird. I'm the exact opposite.
    My last game I had 25 free throws the cpu had 3.
    Every game for me is skewed my direction heavily. I almost always have between 15 and 25 and I've only had the cpu get more than 10 twice.
    Turn the defense strength and contact sliders up to 100 and when you drive to the basket you will get more fouls actually they call a foul on most contested drives. Unfortunately this doesnt work the other way around. The referees let me get away with murder.
    They definitely need to fix fouls though. Pnr and fouls are the top 2 things on my list followed by fixing playcalling then lastly the washed out colors. If they fix those or even improve them. this will be hands down the goat.
    CujoMatty
    That's super weird. I'm the exact opposite.
    My last game I had 25 free throws the cpu had 3.
    Every game for me is skewed my direction heavily. I almost always have between 15 and 25 and I've only had the cpu get more than 10 twice.
    Turn the defense strength and contact sliders up to 100 and when you drive to the basket you will get more fouls actually they call a foul on most contested drives. Unfortunately this doesnt work the other way around. The referees let me get away with murder.
    They definitely need to fix fouls though. Pnr and fouls are the top 2 things on my list followed by fixing playcalling then lastly the washed out colors. If they fix those or even improve them. this will be hands down the goat.

    Colors and the numbers on jerseys, especially on the Nets are too small.
    Gosens6
    A lack of fouls
    Awful help and PNR defense
    Coaching settings not sticking
    These three things have to be addressed in the next patch. The coach settings not sticking is such a detriment to the enjoyment of this awesome game.
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports

    Which coach settings aren’t sticking? It looks like the individual defensive settings stick in off-line games...

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