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NBA 2K20 - Switch demo gameplay

NBA 2K has evolved into much more than a basketball simulation. 2K continues to redefine what’s possible in sports gaming with NBA 2K20, featuring best in class graphics & gameplay, ground breaking game modes, and unparalleled player control and customization. Plus, with its immersive open-world Neighborhood, NBA 2K20 is a platform for gamers and ballers to come together and create what’s next in basketball culture.

2K remains committed to NBA 2K series on Switch, says you can't match the platform's flexibility, also discusses microtransactions

The anti-EA

NBA 2K20 is coming out on the Switch in a matter of weeks, marking the third installment of the franchise to come to Nintendo fans. It's clear 2K feels the series makes sense on the Switch, and in an interview with USGamer, senior producer Rick Boenisch explained why.

"I think when the demand is there, you get to see the audience who enjoys it, you take advantage of it. Selfishly for me, I feel like I shouldn't be playing my game when I'm away from work. But even on the plane down here, I put my Switch in my bag with me, and it's awesome to get the chance to just focus in on the gameplay. The flexibility can't be matched with that console."

In the same interview, Boenisch discusses the game's approach with microtransactions. 2K has heard the complaints in recent years, and they're doing their best to find a balance with this installment.

"For us it's really important that our customers feel perceived value in the game. We've designed the game such that everything like that is supplemental. It's there, it's optional if you want, but everything has to feel natural. It can't be like a mobile game where you eventually hit a paywall. We never hit that in NBA 2K, and I think that's a really important point to drive home."

NBA 2K20 demo released, full game available to preload, MyPlayer trailer released

Dribble on over to the eShop

It's a big day for NBA 2K fans. 2K has announced that a demo for NBA 2K20 has launched on the Switch eShop, alongside the option to preload the full game. Try out the demo, and then maybe you'll decide the full game is for you!

Also make sure to check out the new trailer above, which focuses on the MyPlayer component of the game.

NBA 2K20 releases 'When The Lights Are Brightest' MyCareer Trailer, Reveals Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson, and more

A star-studded MyCareer mode

NBA 2K20's much-anticipated MyCareer mode has been revealed with a new trailer, and 2K is jamming in a bunch of celebrities this time. It's not just big-name athletes taking part in the MyCareer feature, as actors like Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson are getting in on the action as well.

Six new "classic squads" revealed for NBA 2K20

2K has announced that they're adding six more 'classic squads' to NBA 2K20. The entire lineup is detailed below.

- '15-'16 Cavs
- '13-'14 Spurs
- '13-'14 Clippers
- '09-'10 Trail Blazers
- '06-'07 Wizards
- '02-'03 Suns

NBA 2K20 getting new Legendary teams

The all-time greats

2K has revealed a new series of Legendary teams for NBA 2K20, with four different decades revealed in the tweet above. I don't know anything about sports, so I can't offer any insight on the selections. I'll leave the commentary to you guys!

Two more WNBA players get their NBA 2K20 ratings

As was revealed earlier in the week, the WNBA is going to makes its debut in NBA 2K20. Now 2K is sharing player ratings from the WNBA. Check out the latest players to get their ratings above and below.

Make way for the WNBA in NBA 2K20

Shoot for the stars

2K today announced all 12 WNBA teams and more than 140 players are making their debut in NBA® 2K20, the next iteration of the top-rated and top-selling NBA video game simulation series of the past 18 years*. Available in Play Now and Season modes, fans of the franchise will be able to take control of their favorite WNBA players for the first time and experience gameplay animations, play styles and visuals built exclusively around the women’s game.

“Growing up, I always remembered watching male athletes on TV and playing as them in video games. Now, to have the WNBA be in the position we are and to have women featured prominently in NBA2K20, we are allowing young girls and boys to have female athletes as role models,” said Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks forward. “The 2K team has done an amazing job of making sure to not just put women into the game playing men’s basketball, but I’ve seen first-hand the hard work they’re doing to make this as real and authentic as possible to women’s basketball. I’m proud to be a part of this team paving the way for the future.”

Many of the top WNBA superstars, like Parker and A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, have been scanned into NBA 2K20 earlier this year using our best-in-class motion capture technology to create the most realistic simulation on the market.

“For years, fans have requested the ability to play as some of their favorite WNBA stars,” said Jeff Thomas, SVP of Development, Visual Concepts. “We’ve been working with the WNBA and their top players to modify our basketball simulation engine to replicate the WNBA on-court experience. We’re excited to roll out this new feature in NBA 2K20 because we know how important the WNBA is to the world of basketball.”

All game modes featuring the WNBA will be available to play when NBA 2K20 is released worldwide on September 6, 2019.

NBA 2K20 - "Welcome to the WNBA" trailer

Welcoming the WNBA to NBA 2K20! Get an inside look at gameplay and hear what it means to superstars Candace Parker and Breanna Stewart to officially be in the game.

Details on NBA 2K20's 'Motion Engine' and updated gameplay mechanics in a new 2K blog

2K has put up a new blog about NBA 2K20, and this one dives deep into the various tweaked gameplay mechanics from last year's installment, as well as updates to the game's Motion Engine. Check out a blurb from the blog below, and then click over for the full piece.

Proper footwork is a core foundation of basketball, and replicating that properly is vital to balancing the interplay between offense and defense. Without realistic movement, everything else falls apart.
In NBA 2K18 we introduced a new motion engine that moved away from the “animation-driven” systems of earlier 2K games. The improvements to feel and responsiveness were immediately apparent when we made the switch, but the new tech surfaced some challenges that caused us to lose some of the control that we had over animation selection, sacrificing some of the authenticity of the motion. In short, some aspects of movement looked and felt way better, some took a step back.

Full blog here

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