The NBA 2K franchise is one of the world’s most bankable gaming franchises. Year in, year out, the game remains the high watermark for excellent gameplay and incredible attention to detail.
Unfortunately, it also tends to go hand in hand with micro-transaction controversies and it looks like 2K is ready to frustrate fans yet again with a new update to NBA 2K19.
As documented in a recent Reddit thread, NBA 2K19 now features advertisements on loading screens. While this isn’t so bad, the kicker is that the adverts can’t be skipped – turning a short load time into a commercial break.
You can see it for yourself in the video below, courtesy of Youtube user xPray 4 Deathx.
While many commenters have suggested this is the last straw for them and they won’t be returning to the franchise, it’s worth noting that this “addition” has been made to the game post-launch – something no one could have seen coming.
This is on top of the game’s fascination with extracting real-world currency from players with it’s Ultimate Team-esque MyTeam mode, as well as forcing players to grind their way to better attributes – or opening their wallet to purchase boosts.
That said, there’s always that worry that it could be a feature for NBA 2K20 at launch.
A we told you last week, early leaks suggest NBA 2K20 will arrive in September after someone managed to grab a cheeky snap of a promotional standee.
Not only did this confirm the games release date – set for 6th September – but also, confirmation the game would come to Nintendo Switch.
And as if it wasn’t obvious enough from the picture below, Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat should be the games next cover star for the Legend Edition of the game.
This isn’t the first leak we’ve seen for the game though, after a since-deleted tweeted from Renee Montgomery of WNBA side Atlanta Dream seemed to confirm the WNBA would be coming to the game.
The deleted tweet read:
“So cool to be scanned for the @NBA2K game. Send me a photo if you ever use my player.”
The photo showed the player in a scanning booth, so it seems safe to say the time has come for more diversity in 2K’s flagship sports title.
Not only is the move huge for representation, but it’s great news for the game itself which will be doubling down on content.
Fair play though, it’s also worth mentioning that NBA 2K’s rival, EA’s NBA Live franchise, has featured the WNBA for the last two years – arguably the only thing it can offer in comparison to 2K.
For now, though, it’s still unclear if the WNBA will be incorporated into the 2K series myriad of modes, such as MyCareer and Franchise Mode.
Beyond the WNBA new features for NBA 2K20 is somewhat of an unknown quantity at this point in time; since it hasn’t even been announced yet.
Looking back on 2K19, key features were the aforementioned new storyline for career mode as well as refinements to gameplay within the mode such as “Takeover” – boosting attributes for players on a hot streak.
MyTeam also got some new additions, such as being able to create your own player. MyTeam is 2K’s version of EA’s Ultimate Team Mode.
However, with the game due out in September, it shouldn’t be long before we find out more AND the games net big demo drops.
For those who don’t remember, the NBA 2K19’s Prelude mode (Read: Demo) had your undrafted player trying to make a living playing in China and set the stage nicely.
Expect this year’s to be similar in terms of scope, although it’ll likely land only a week or so before launch as with its predecessor – so you’re looking at the end of August before you get your first taste of NBA 2K20.