Back in April, rumours cropped up that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee, would be working on on NBA 2K16. Spike Lee is no stranger to basketball, as he is a dedicated New York Knicks fans and has directed several basketball movies during his career (including as He Got Game), and so there was hope that he would overhaul the game’s MyCareer mode.
At the time, Lee’s involvement seemed like a sure thing, as he confirmed to the New York Post that he’d been in San Francisco “working on an NBA video-game project” and leaked box art also featured his name. We’ve now got a full confirmation from (the game’s publisher) 2K though, with the help of the debut NBA 2K16 trailer. Watch it after the break.
First NBA 2K16 Trailer Released
According to an interview that 2K spokesman Ryan Peters did with USA Today, Spike Lee worked with developer Visual Concepts to film around 90 minutes of “cinematic narrative” which will amount to 12 hours of in-game drama. Lee also told the publication that the game will follow our player as he goes through “the trials and tribulations of being a top high school player and the decisions he has to make”.
While there’s no doubt that Lee’s work will have a significant impact on NBA 2K16‘s MyCareer mode, not every agrees that it will be a good one The MyCareer mode in past games has felt stuffy, repetitive and even a little bit boring but some fans argue that even so, there are other aspects of the game that need to be improved first. For example, the NBA 2K servers have always been laggy and have been plagued with connection issues; which is a serious problem given that the games require a server connection for a majority of features in the MyCareer game mode.
Also just as divisive is the choice of the NBA 2K16 cover stars. As first suggested with those earlier rumours, Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Anthony Davis will all get their own covers this year. Stephen Curry makes perfect sense, say fans, as he’s the 2015 MVP, but arguments have taken place over whether Anthony Davis and James Harden deserve to be alongside him. Nonetheless, the decision is unlikely to change now but fans will be hoping that their favourite gets a cover spot next year.
NBA 2K16 will be released on September 29, 2015 for, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.