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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.

Charles Barkley explains why he and some other retired NBA players don't appear in NBA 2K21

All about the money

Charles Barkley is no doubt a basketball legend. I don't know a thing about basketball, and even I know his name. He's one of a handful of players who escaped the basketball classification to reach out into greater pop culture. So why doesn't he appear as one of the legends in NBA 2K21?

Barkley was asked why he isn't part of the 2K series, and he had a pretty straightforward answer. Barkley says he's looking to help out older NBA players that weren't as popular as him, and therefore didn't make much money. Today's NBA gives much better money to players all-around, be they superstars or lesser-known team members. Back when Barkley was playing, that wasn't the case. The players lower on the totem poll didn't really make much at all.

Barkley says he's willing to join NBA 2K21 if 2K would pay retired players a million dollars a year to use their likeness in NBA 2K games. Apparently 2K calls him every year and asks if he's changed his mind, and obviously Barkley hasn't. Pretty cool to see him sticking to his guns for fellow retired players.

NBA 2K21 "Everything is Game" launch spot

NBA 2K21 is now available on current-generation platforms worldwide. With its release, NBA 2K21 offers one-of-a-kind immersion into all facets of NBA basketball and basketball culture, including exciting improvements upon its best-in-class gameplay, competitive and community online features, and deep, varied game modes. Everything is Game in NBA 2K21. http://nba.2k.com/buy

NBA 2K21 New MyCAREER Trailer and Details; Introduces 2K Beach as its Newest Neighborhood

Let's hit the beach!

2K today revealed details about the new NBA 2K21 MyCAREER mode and Neighborhood for current-generation consoles leading up to game launch on September 4. NBA 2K21 features a new MyCAREER storyline that takes your player from high school through college - incorporating ten officially-licensed college programs - and eventually the NBA. Players will also be able to soak up the sun at 2K Beach, the newest Neighborhood coming to NBA 2K21!

MyCAREER

In NBA 2K21, this year’s narrative, The Long Shadow, tells the story of Junior – the son of a beloved baller who faces the challenges of trying to make it to the NBA, balancing legacy while carving his own path through high school to college. Making this journey more authentic to real life, NBA 2K21 will feature 10 officially licensed college programs to choose from in the story: Michigan State, UConn, Florida, Gonzaga, Syracuse, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, UCLA, Villanova University and West Virginia. Players will be joined by MyCAREER’s star-studded cast with performances from Jesse Williams, Dijmon Hounsou, Mirelle Enos, Michael K. Williams, cover athletes Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson, and more.

2K Neighborhood

2K Beach is the latest location in the Neighborhood, where players live out their day-to-day 2K basketball experience. Jump into 3v3 streetball runs with your crew, 5v5 ProAm games for something more serious and take part in plenty of events providing even more reasons to come back all year long.

Check out all the new details in the NBA 2K21 MyCAREER and Neighborhood Courtside Report here.

NBA 2K21 Switch demo gameplay

Want a look at how NBA 2K21 is shaping up on Switch? You can download a free demo today and give it a go, or just watch the gameplay video above!

NBA 2K21 demo hitting Switch on Aug. 24th, 2020

Shooting your eShop shot

Want to see how NBA 2K21 is going to measure up to last year's experience? 2K has confirmed that a demo for the title is coming to Switch on Aug. 24th, 2020.

2K also shared a new dev blog on the game to let players know what the current-gen version will offer this time around. You can check out that blog here.

NBA 2K21 soundtrack artists revealed

Big ballers

NBA 2K21 has shared a tweet that goes over the artists that are going to appear in the game's soundtrack. This year's game includes music from The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Roddy Ricch, and many others. Check out the image above to see the full breakdown.

GAME reveals digital and physical preorder bonuses for NBA 2K21

Ball is life

GAME has revealed their preorder bonuses for NBA 2K21, and there are both digital and physical goodies. Check out the info below.

Preorder now to receive bonus in-game content, including:

- 5000 Virtual Currency
- 5000 MyTEAM Points
- 10 MyTEAM Promo packs (Delivered one a week)
- 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
- 5 pair Shoe Collection
- Cover Athlete Digital Collection

Pre-order to also receive a GAME Exclusive NBA or LayUp Basketball. Please note that one purchase is equal to one randomly selected basketball and we are unable to guarantee which ball you will receive.

Grab your preorder here (thanks Sephiroth_FF!)

Free "Black Lives Matter" shirts added to NBA 2K20

Take-Two Interactive and 2K have released a series of shirts within NBA 2K20 to support the Black Lives Matter movement. There are three shirts available in the game's online clothing store, all of which are free to download. You can see the three shirt options below.

NBA 2K20 Players Only Tournament results leaked, wreaks havoc on betting

I bet that was upsetting

There's not much in the way of traditional sports going on right now, and a lot of networks are turning towards eSports to fill the void. 2K swooped in on the chance to provide some content, putting together the NBA 2K20 Players Only tournament. This tournament features real-life NBA players going head-to-head in the game, and the first round just aired a couple days ago.

The problem is that the tournament is pre-taped, so there are people who know the final results already. Apparently those people have been leaking details, as word has got out to select few about who comes out victorious in some brackets. This ended up causing a big sway in online betting. Again, as traditional sports are on break right now, those who would bet on those games are now betting on the virtual tournaments instead.

To learn more about how the leak caused quite a stir for betting agencies, check out the full press release below.

Sometimes they say, "Vegas knows something," yet this go round, the bookies were left in the dark.

The NBA 2K Players Only Tournament over the weekend caused a headache for sportsbooks because it was pre-taped, and information was ultimately leaked.

"We initially made Durant the favorite to win the tournament, but he was taking very little action over the course of the first 24 hours," Robert Cooper, Odds Manager at SportsBetting.ag, said. "When we posted the first-round matchup lines and the bets were completely one-sided toward Jones Jr., it became obvious that someone knew the outcome of the game."

SportsBetting.ag reports that in total it lost a sum in the low five figures on the tournament's opening round. Regardless, the online book has posted updated odds ahead of the quarterfinals starting Tuesday night. It remains to be seen whether or not head-to-head spreads will be offered again.

Patrick Beverley, who started as a longshot with 20-1 or +2000 odds last week, is now the favorite. Devin Booker is second while Derrick Jones Jr., also an opening longshot, is third on the board.

Here are the current odds that are likely to fluctuate again: https://www.sportsbetting.ag/sportsbook/futures-and-props/nba2k-players-only-futures

NBA 2K Players Only Tournament
Pat Beverley +200
Devin Booker +275
Derrick Jones Jr. +450
Deandre Ayton +650
Trae Young +650
Montrezl Harrell +1400
Rui Hachimura +1400
Andre Drummond +1800

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