The current version of NBA 2K21 released this past September and fans are anxious to find any bit of information on the next-generation version that’s currently in development. Now, a video released by the official NBA 2K YouTube page is giving the public a first look at the next-gen version’s gameplay. The video shows a match between the Golden State Warriors and the New Orleans Pelicans with voice-over from some of the game’s developers.
The video is narrated by executive producer Erick Boenisch and gameplay director Mike Wang. The duo talks about new next-gen capabilities starting with the game’s “lower bowl”. Boenisch and Wang boast more than 150 individual AIs will sit courtside at games, while area staff and coaches will interact the same they would in a real-life game. These in-depth details highlight the difference between the current version and the upcoming next-gen, promising “authenticity” for players wanting a life-like experience.
Boenisch and Wang also mention the new “rail cam” perspective for NBA 2K21. The new angle sits just above courtside seating and moves horizontally with the ball during play. As the biggest change in terms of gameplay, this “rail cam” will be optimum for players who want to be in on the action. If a player prefers the classic view, there’s also an option to revert back to the normal camera angle. The video also shows off the second commentary team for the upcoming NBA 2K21 next-gen version. Players will have the choice between Brian Anderson and Grant Hill with Allie LaForce reporting on the sideline or Kevin Harlan, Greg Anthony, and David Aldridge.
The video comes after some controversy regarding un-skippable advertisements in the game’s current version. So far, the game’s developer, Take-Two, hasn’t addressed fans’ grievances over the ads. NBA 2K21 will release on November 10 as a launch title for Xbox Series X|S. The game will then release on PS5 as a launch title on November 12. NBA 2K21 for next-gen is priced at $70.