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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."

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.

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