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Update now available for NBA 2K21

Balls to the wall

A new update is available for NBA 2K21. Check out the details below.

General

Winter holiday has arrived at 2K Beach with new seasonal decorations and themed courts now available.

MyCAREER

MyCOURT’s Limitless free throw drill is now set to use the 2K camera setting.

MyTEAM

Added Online VS, the difficulty used in MyTEAM Unlimited & Limited, to Play With Friends games.

NBA 2K21 MyTEAM Season 3 Launches Today

Tis the season

MyTEAM Season 3 has kicked off today in NBA 2K21, and it includes a bunch of new content. Get a full rundown of Season 3's features in the press release below.

2K today announced that NBA 2K is releasing the next season of MyTEAM for NBA® 2K21 on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC, continuing the debut season structure in the franchise’s history. In the season of giving, MyTEAM Season 3 is giving you tons of new players, challenges, rewards and more.

Living up to its name, MyTEAM Season 3 brings an array of new content for players, including:

A new level 40 prize: Galaxy Opal Dwyane Wade. There will be 45 total levels this season, with extra prizes through levels 41-45;

New Triple Threat and 5v5 ‘Spotlight Challenges’ with current and former NBA stars;

New ‘Shaq Signature Challenge’ puts players in the 2000 Los Angeles Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers Western Conference Finals, with a grand prize HOF Badge inspired by Shaq and Diamond Shoe;

New ‘Season of Giving’ packs featuring Pink Diamond Headliners in each pack. Collect all the headliners to earn Galaxy Opal Wilt Chamberlain;

New Galaxy Opal Baron Davis reward after completing select events and challenges;

MyTEAM Black Friday deals, 12 Days of Giving leading into the NBA Season Restart on December 22, deals and more.

Celebrate basketball culture and 21 years of 2K in the inaugural 2KFest global event

A ballin' event

2K has announced a special event that celebrates both a 2K milestone and the NBA 2K series. The event, dubbed 2KFest, will feature all sorts of basketball-themed content, musical guests, and much more. Get the full details in the press release below.

2K today announced 2KFest, a global celebration of music, basketball, gaming and culture, featuring NBA and WNBA All-Stars and legends, musical talent and influencers from around the world in the 24-hour event.

On the heels of the global launch of NBA 2K21 for next-gen consoles*, the inaugural 24-hour livestream event is the first of its kind for 2K, and will bring an action-packed day of experiences and exclusive 2K content that you don’t want to miss. Hosted by sports broadcaster, Ros Gold-Onwude, and FIFA World Cup Golden Glove winner and current Real Madrid goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, 2KFest features the NBA’s biggest superstars and legends including cover athletes, Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson, along with Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Candace Parker, Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, Vince Carter, and Shaquille O’Neal, and will include performances from some of the hottest artists in the game including D.A.M.E. Dolla, Quavo, Saweetie, 88rising, Aitch, and more.

2KFest will run from November 20, 12:00 a.m. PST to November 21, 12:00 a.m. PST and can be watched live on Twitter, with additional live streams on YouTube and Twitch. Fans can join the conversation using #2KFest. Find more details at NBA.2K.com/2KFest, and stay tuned to 2K’s social media channels daily, starting tomorrow, as more details on #2KFest are revealed, from exclusive content previews to an early look at some of the 2K giveaways happening during the event.

The next-gen version of NBA 2K21 was released on November 10 for Xbox Series X|S globally and on November 12 for PlayStation 5*.

Developed by Visual Concepts, NBA 2K21 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S is Rated E for Everyone from the ESRB. For more information on NBA 2K21, please visit https://nba.2k.com/.

NBA 2K21 Debuts New Tracks from 2 Chainz’s Upcoming "So Help Me God" In First of Its Kind In-Game Music Experience

Off the chain

2K has revealed a special collab with rapper 2 Chainz that brings songs from his next album to NBA 2K21. To lean more about this unique tie-up, check out the full press release below.

2K today announced that at 12:01 a.m. ET on November 12, 2020, NBA 2K21 on current- and next-gen consoles will premiere unreleased songs from Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist 2 Chainz’s upcoming album “So Help Me God,” out November 13. The in-game music experience provides first access to five new 2 Chainz tracks for 24 hours within the 2K Beats in-game playlist a day before the album drops, a groundbreaking milestone for the release of major label music in a video game.

“I’m always looking at new ways to drop new music and connect with my fans. Premiering my music in NBA 2K21 is an incredible , exciting opportunity,” said Tauheed “2 Chainz” Epps. “Music and sports go hand in hand, rappers wanna be athletes and athletes want to be rappers. 2K has grown into a leading music platform and we wanted to bring the NBA 2K community these hits to ball out to in The City or at the 2K Beach.”

“Music fills every area of our lives, so it is imperative to meet listeners where they are. Gaming is a cutting-edge industry, and within the industry 2K is a tremendous platform for music curation and discovery,” said Rodney Shealey, executive vice president Def Jam. “We’re proud to partner with them as they innovate music experiences within the gaming industry, including this first of its kind music debut”

NBA 2K21 on next-gen consoles represents one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of music ever assembled for a sports video game. And now NBA 2K21 is not just amassing an impressive collection, but it is bringing access to new music like never before. The NBA 2K21 industry-leading soundtrack is also getting an upgrade, with the next-gen version receiving 150 new tracks, for over 350 tracks available to players throughout the life of the game - an expansive addition only possible on the next-gen hardware. The 350 songs are broken up into two distinct listening environments, 2K Beats, and The City Soundtrack, each offering unique listening and discovery experiences.

NBA 2K21 players can experience new 2 Chainz hits for 24 hours in-game from 12:01 a.m. ET - 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 12. Be sure to check out his songs on NBA 2K21 for 24 hours before 2 Chainz’s forthcoming sixth album “So Help Me God” drops on November 13. The full NBA 2K21 soundtrack can be found on Spotify.

NBA 2K21's next update detailed

Swish!

Another big update is coming to NBA 2K21. We don't know when it'll release exactly, but we do have full details on what it includes. Read the full breakdown below.

General

Fall has come to 2K Beach! Beachgoers will now find Fall themed decorations throughout the Neighborhood!
We strive for continuous improvements to player likeness and this update brings another set of player likeness and tattoo improvements for nearly 80 current NBA players, WNBA players, and historic NBA players.
New team Statement uniforms for the ‘20-21 NBA season.
New Ball Arena court floor for the Denver Nuggets.

MyCAREER

The traveling Big Top event is on its way to 2K Beach! Keep your eyes out for this and some other new tent events in the coming weeks and months!
Fixed an art issue that was affecting the basketball machines in Jeff’s Arcade.
Fixed an issue where the Roster Viewer screen in some cases could falsely display F grade rating for attributes.
Fixed a rare hang that would sometimes happen after certain drills in the Team Practice Facility.
Fixed an issue in MyCOURT where the player could lose functionality while standing in some specific spots in the living room area.

MyTEAM

Fixed an issue preventing Limited stickers from appearing on cards in the Auction House while Limited is active.
Limited Time Events will now display a date for events that last multiple days.
Addressed an issue where the shot clock would not appear on the scorebug during Triple Threat Challenges.
Fixed an issue where custom badges were not showing up in Triple Threat offline or Triple Threat Challenges.
The Season Menu will now take you directly to your Season Agendas, unless you’ve leveled up!
Addressed an issue with some members of the crowd jittering during Triple Threat games.

MyLEAGUE / MyGM

All of the end of season awards have been updated now with the ’19-20 NBA season and Playoffs having completed.
Fixed an issue where the left stick and D-pad could lose functionality when viewing badges in the player card screens.
Others

Many more fixes included to improve the overall experience of NBA 2K21 across all game modes.

NBA 2K21 #2KRatings Tip Off Today

Time to get angry!

2K has started to reveal NBA 2K21 player ratings as of today, showcasing where some of the league's biggest players sit. These ratings always stir up controversy, and I'm sure this round will be no different. See the first batch of player ratings below.

2K today announced the beginning of the long-awaited NBA 2K21 ratings reveal, starting with LeBron James (98), NBA 2K21’s highest-rated player and NBA Finals MVP, and the Los Angeles Lakers championship starting squad, including Anthony Davis (96), Danny Green (76), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (76) and Alex Caruso (75). The 2K ratings reveal continues throughout the day on 2K social channels, featuring over 25 2K player ratings and exclusive NBA player rating reaction videos.

2K says the unskippable ads in NBA 2K21 are a mistake, and will be removed

Skipping out

Just a few days ago, we found out that NBA 2K21 was running unskippable ads, which didn't exactly make players happy. This wasn't the first time that this happened either. Thankfully, the issue is about to be squashed, as 2K says the ads were a mistake, and they'll be removed. Check out the company's full statement below.

"As many are aware, in recent years ads have been integrated into 2KTV segments. (These ads were) not meant to run as part of the pre-game introduction. This will be fixed in future episodes. Thanks for your continued feedback."

Unskippable ads returns once again, this time in NBA 2K21

After these messages...

NBA 2K20 faced backlash for featuring unskippable ads in the full, paid version of the game. 2K eventually removed those spots from the game after apologizing for the issue. Now those same ads appear to be back, this time in 2K21.

NBA 2K21 hasn't been out all that long, but players are already being frustrated by unskippable ads. Players have to sit back and let a full ad play out before they can edit their lineups or move on. Obviously this has people even more frustrated than last time, as it seemed like 2K was moving away from ads like this after the last fiasco.

2K is yet to comment on the matter, but hopefully they end up taking the same path as they did with last year's game.

NBA 2K21 MyTEAM Season 2 Launches Today

Next is now!

It's time for the next season in NBA 2K21. MyTEAM Season 2 is now live, and you can see what it packs in via the press release below.

2K today announced that NBA 2K is unleashing the next season of MyTEAM for NBA 2K21 on current-generation consoles, continuing the first season structure in the franchise’s history. Season 2 will focus on highlighting the NBA’s off-season and the young talent emerging in the NBA.

MyTEAM Season 2 brings a variety of new content for ballers to enjoy including:

A new Level 40 Grand Prize: Pink Diamond Blake Griffin.
New Triple Threat Challenges in single player mode, with a grand prize of a Diamond Rafer Alston.
New Signature Challenges from Vince Carter and over 40 reward cards with NBA 2K21 Next-Gen cover athlete Zion Williamson as the Season’s Level 1 Free Agent card with Luka Doncic, Rui Hachimura, Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and more waiting in the wings for players to unlock.
New “Win the Weekend” agenda groups every weekend this Season in MyTEAM creates the opportunity to earn XP in all modes and progress through the Seasonal levels. Plus, Limited mode returns featuring Los Angeles Lakers rings inspired by the current champs and more unique and great rewards.

Check out the full Courtside Report written by the NBA 2K dev team for all the details on the latest season here.

NBA 2K21 update now available, improves framerate on Switch

A baller update

An update for NBA 2K21 is now live on Switch. You can check out the patch notes below, but it's worth pointing out separately that this update specifically targets Switch framerate issues.

General

Fixed an issue that would lead to players getting removed from online matches when greening shots due to divergent settings.
Improved audio logic for PA announcer, crowd, halftime and studio show, sideline reporting, and special guest commentators.
Player likeness improvements for Damian Lillard.
Improved art, lighting, and text readability for various menus throughout the game.
Fixed a rare hang that could have happened upon joining the 2K Beach Neighborhood from a friend invite in the Squad app.
Fixed a minor graphical issue when the Tall Scrunch Socks and the Compression Pants were used together.
Fixed an issue that was causing existing tattoos to disappear when applying new tattoos in the Neighborhood.
Fixed a hang that would happen occasionally when using the Nav Menu in the Neighborhood while also using the Playa Del 2K (MyCOURT) menu.
Fixed a display issue in the Boost Stand where the price would sometimes be displayed incorrectly.
For Neighborhood Park/Rec/Pro Am games, the Ball Handle requirement to unlock Pro Dribble Moves has been lowered to 80.
Moved Park dribble moves to L3 (left stick click) for more consistent dribbling controls.
Improved frame rate performance for the Switch version of the game.
Fixed a PC-only issue where the user might get stuck on the Pro Stick Aiming selector screen at the main menu.

Gameplay

Increased the size of the shot meter, based on feedback from the community.
Reduced first step acceleration (aka "speedboost") out of certain dribble moves.
Lowered the effectiveness of pull-up jump shots.
Fixed an issue that was causing CPU big men defenders to get matched up against guards.
Added the ability for more moves to yield ankle breakers and defensive reactions.
Improved responsiveness of shots coming from certain post moves.
Excellent Release jumper animations now play with green center-aimed shots on the Pro Stick.
Fixed a Pro Stick shooting exploit that allowed for easy aiming when holding the Pro Stick prior to receiving a catch.
General improvements to defensive movement, including more responsive shifts, cuts, and stops.

MyCAREER

Optimized performance, camera angles, and other visual elements for scenes in The Long Shadow.
Fixed an issue where if a player skipped the story in-between high school games, their injury carried over to the NBA.
General stability improvements in college games.
Fixed an issue where the Takeover meter may fail to increase in certain cases.
Fixed an issue where halftime would sometimes not trigger during MyPLAYER Builder games.
Fixed an issue where coach wouldn’t put you in the game during overtime games in high school.
Fixed an issue that would sometimes cause the Game Recap Totals screen to not display properly following MyCAREER NBA games.
Fixed a hang that could happen when a jump ball was triggered in MyCOURT’s new Personal Workout drill.
Fixed a hang that could happen for PC users when using the mouse to customize the Gatorade GX Bottle.

MyTEAM

Adjusted Single Player Triple Threat and Triple Threat Online difficulties, based on community feedback.
Added a new page to the back of Player Cards that lists the Upgradable Badges for that player.
Fixed a hang that could happen during the lineup matchups overlay from the Domination menu.
Fixed an Xbox One only issue that allowed the game clock to continue counting down while inbounding the ball.
Improved physics for Ball Drops.

MyLEAGUE / MyGM

New NBA Playoffs Mode bracket, matching the start of the current Playoffs.
Fixed an issue when overlays appeared with the incorrect year in WNBA Playoff mode.
Many more fixes included to improve the overall experience of NBA 2K21 across all game modes.

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