NBA 2K15 wasn’t perfect (server issues remained a thorn in the series’ side and MyCareer left much to be desired) but it was pretty damn close. So close that many worried that Visual Concepts and 2K wouldn’t be able to top that with NBA 2K16.
But winning isn’t just a “sometimes thing” for the developer, it’s an “all the time thing”, according to this new NBA 2K16 trailer. In addition to the MyCareer changes that have already been announced (Spike Lee is directing the story), Visual Concepts has also made big changes to the way the game feels in general. Check them out in the new trailer after the break.
NBA 2K16‘s Developers Achieve the ‘Impossible’
In the new trailer, gameplay director Mike Wang says that he set his team the task of making NBA 2K16 “look and feel way better than [the series] ever has in the past” and that the key theme for them was the “living world”. Scott O’Gallagher, producer and designer at Visual Concepts, explains that they implemented that by making the game “dynamic”, where it evolves constantly. This means that teams will no longer all feel the same; something that has plagued basketball games in the past.
So, they say, all 30 coaches in NBA 2K16 “have their own mind-set”. Although Gregg Popovich may set out his “base, general pick and roll defense” but if that doesn’t work, he’ll change his ways and the next game against his squad will be “completely different”. As for players, they will now use a situational movement system” to figure out when to move and when to take advantage of space and they’ll be part of storylines that change from game to game. It sounds like marketing guff but in an 82-game season, anything that adds a bit more variety to gameplay can make a huge difference.
NBA 2K16 also boasts a few other features such as “signature sizeup functionality” with each player having up to four sizeups they can do in any direction. Collisions are also better, posts feel “a lot more free” with animations not feeling locked in, and the game even has awareness of your player’s toes both when they leave and hit the ground. These are small things but Visual Concepts says that it will make NBA 2K16 “the best looking, the best feeling, and the most realistic 2K basketball they’ve ever made”.
NBA 2K16 will be released on September 29, 2015 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.