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

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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's first patch detailed

Coming to Switch soon

2K has detailed the first patch for NBA 2K21. This patch is not yet available on Switch, but will be coming soon. Check out full patch notes below.

General

New Pro Stick Aiming/Shot Timing selector. On your first boot, you will now have the option to choose between using the new Pro Stick Aiming mechanic or the traditional Shot Timing mechanic. Your settings file will be updated with the appropriate selection. As always, you can visit your settings at any time to update your shooting preference.
Fixed several hangs that could happen when entering and exiting various game modes during the same session, or when idling out at certain areas.
Andrew Wiggins now appears with updated facial hair to more accurately represent his appearance.

Gameplay

Enabled the ability to use Pro Stick Shot Aiming with the Shot Meter setting turned off.
Ideal Shot Aiming point now determined by how slowly or quickly the Pro Stick is initially deflected when starting a shot. A slow flick will move the ideal aim point to the left, while a fast flick will move the ideal point to the right, giving players more consistency with Pro Stick shooting.
Changed Ante Up to use competitive slider settings (more skill-based).
When the Shot Feedback setting is set to "OFF," players and opponents will no longer see Excellent Release (green light) animations.
Fixed unwanted fadeaway shots that were playing after immediately shooting out of certain dribble moves.
Improved standing dunk reliability when using the Pro Stick.
Disabled the double team indicator in an effort to clean up the on-screen UI based on community feedback.
Added the ability to shoot driving floaters from further away from the basket.
Moving Park dribble moves were remapped to "holds" on the Pro Stick, allowing continued use of Hard Stops with L2/LT after unlocking the Park Handles badge.
Cleaned up some animation pops in the dribble move system.
Fixed ball physics bugs when Shot Timing was set to Real Player %.
Toned down the effectiveness of the Lead to Basket pass feature to prevent exploits.

MyCAREER

Fixed a Pro Am 3v3 hang that was being reported by the community.
Fixed a hang that some users reported when entering/exiting the Cages.
Addressed a case where some users reported loss of control of their MyPLAYER during gameplay.
Fixed an issue in MyCOURT where the player was unable to finish some mini-games with certain NBA players as AI.
Fixed a hang that could happen at the start of a 3-on-3 game in MyCOURT.
Fixed an issue where fan growth in Park games was not properly accumulating.
Addressed an issue where custom shoes were sometimes not showing up properly on other players in the Beach.
Fixed a hang that some users reported when transitioning between Beach instances.
Users will now receive the correct scene after winning the College Championship.

MyTEAM

Fixed a hang that would occur if the user was tracking an expired Agenda.
Fixed an issue where the progress bar would fail to show progress on the Agenda Tracker.
Fixed user interface issues when applying and upgrading badges to player cards.

MyLEAGUE / MyGM

2K Share Content (Draft Classes/Players/Rosters) should now properly function when accessed.
Tuning improvements to Player Progression, based on community feedback. With our new “Boom or Bust” system, player progression/regression has been completely re-written for 2K21 to provide a level of dynamism such that players will follow different career arcs in different playthroughs.
Addressed a MyLEAGUE item where the user would hang when selecting the Save As option after previously accessing the shared save list.

Shooting hotfix releasing for NBA 2K21 on Sept. 6th, 2020

Shoot from the hip

2K has announced that NBA 2K21 is going to get an update tomorrow, and it's focusing on shooting. The change will impact Rookie, Pro, and All-Star difficulty levels. That said, shooting stays the same on higher difficulties and Neighborhood. This change is being made after numerous complaints have come in from newcomers, and 2K wants to make sure they can ease into the game a bit more.

Everything is Game: NBA 2K21 Now Available Worldwide

Can't wait to have a ball

Today, 2K is thrilled to announce that NBA® 2K21, the next iteration of the top-rated and top-selling NBA video game simulation series of the past 19 years*, 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.

“This may be one of the most unique years for the NBA and basketball gaming ever, and the team at Visual Concepts is proud to bring NBA 2K21 to millions of players around the world,” said Greg Thomas, president at Visual Concepts. “We’re very excited to jump on the sticks and join our community of players today; we can’t wait to see you on the court.”

The current-gen version of NBA 2K21 features several new additions and improvements, where veteran ballers and new players alike will find a variety of basketball experiences to dive into:

Realer than Ever - With enhancements across its visual presentation, player AI, game modes and much more, NBA 2K21 continues to push the boundaries as the most authentic, realistic basketball video game experience. Feel the energy of the crowd, the intensity of NBA competition, and the entertainment of the most immersive sports product in gaming today;
Elite Gameplay - Enjoy unparalleled control with the ball in your hands using the advanced Pro Stick. Aim jump shots and layups for a new level of precision and skill, and unlock new signature dribble moves with more effective ball handling;
Your G.O.A.T. Team - Build your greatest collection of latest NBA stars and legendary ballers in MyTEAM and compete against other ferocious collectors around the world. New for NBA 2K21, limited-time Seasons offer unique rewards as you compete in new and returning MyTEAM modes;

New MyCAREER Story - Ascend from high school ball to one of 10 officially licensed college programs to the NBA in a brand new, cinematic MyCAREER experience – The Long Shadow. Take your MyPLAYER to the top by making the big moves on the court and even bigger moves off of it, and make a name for yourself along this exciting, dramatic journey;
New Neighborhood Locale - Soak in the sun as you ball out in 1v1s, 3v3s and 5v5s; the new Neighborhood in NBA 2K21 takes your game beachside with all-new visuals and layout. Flash your skills and style at 2K Beach, squad up in Pro-Am and earn prizes in dynamically updated 2K Compete Events;

All the Latest Drops and Music - From head to toe, look the part of a baller with all-new apparel and sneaker drops from your favorite clothing, accessory and shoe brands. And ball while taking in the dynamic NBA 2K21 music experience, which features the latest big artists - including two Dame D.O.L.L.A. tracks exclusively debuting in the game - from around the world and breakthrough musicians waiting to be discovered;

USA Basketball - Relive USA Basketball’s championship legacy. Take the court with classic teams, collect MyTEAM cards featuring past stars and show off your pride with MyPLAYER gear.

Featuring Portland Trail Blazers’ superstar Damian Lillard on the cover, the current-gen version of NBA 2K21 is available for $59.99** on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™, Windows PC and Google Stadia. The NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition for current-gen features basketball legend Kobe Bryant on a unique custom cover with his No. 8 jersey and will be available for $99.99**. A full breakdown of each version is available here at https://nba.2k.com/buy/.

Of note, the Mamba Forever Edition includes dual-access to NBA 2K21 for current and next-gen versions of the game on either PlayStation or Xbox consoles, providing purchasers with a copy of the standard edition of the game on the other generation within the same console family. Additionally, NBA 2K21 features MyTEAM Cross-Progression and a Shared VC wallet within the same console family (PS4 to PS5, Xbox One to Xbox Series X), enabling all MyTEAM Points, Tokens, cards and progress to be shared on both current and next-generation versions of NBA 2K21 in the same console family. Similarly, the Shared VC Wallet means any earned or purchased VC is accessible across both current and next-generation versions of NBA 2K21 in the same console family. More information is available at the Dual-Access FAQ: https://nba.2k.com/faq/.

As part of today’s launch, 2K is celebrating all things NBA 2K21 with #2KDay across its social channels. The festivities include physical giveaways and Locker Code drops on Twitter, the “What’s Your 2K21 MyPLAYER Build?” Instagram camera effect and much more. The community is also invited to share their best 2K day moments under #ShowYourGame, where the best content will be highlighted by NBA 2K. Follow NBA 2K on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook for the latest NBA 2K21 news.

Developed by Visual Concepts, NBA 2K21 is rated E for Everyone from the ESRB. NBA 2K21 for PlayStation®5 and Xbox Series X is Rating Pending from the ESRB and will be available as a launch title this holiday. For more information on NBA 2K21, please visit https://nba.2k.com/.

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 Switch Demo Now Available

An eShop slam dunk

2K today released the NBA 2K21 current-generation demo for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. This year’s demo includes four playable teams. Tap into your Mamba mentality with Kobe Bryant and the All-Time Lakers, experience greatness with the iconic Bill Russell and the All-Time Celtics or dominate the court through Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kawhi Leonard with NBA title contenders Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers.

The NBA 2K21 demo offers ballers an opportunity to try out some of the latest gameplay innovations that are detailed in the Current-Gen Gameplay Courtside Report. From major innovations to the Pro Stick to a redesigned shooting system, NBA 2K21 features plenty of new upgrades, improvements and changes that bring the series to a new level.

Additionally, the demo heralds the return of the ever popular MyPLAYER Builder. Select your position, set your attributes and get a first look at what type of builds will be able in NBA 2K21. There's plenty of new things to check out, including the new addition of oversized 6'8 point guards, and your created build carries over from the demo into the full game when it launches on Sept. 4, enabling you to jump in right away. Whether you want to slash to the basket like Russell Westbrook, create space and nail jumpers like Jayson Tatum or command the court from the high post like Nikola Jokić, everything is game in NBA 2K21.

Lastly, due to the delay in the start of the 2020-21 NBA season, NBA 2K is taking a new approach to the player ratings reveal for NBA 2K21. This year, NBA 2K will update player ratings upon the release of NBA 2K21 for next-generation consoles, following the completion of the 2019-20 NBA season, to ensure the ratings are reflective of the player’s performance this season. At that time, all updated NBA player ratings will be implemented across NBA 2K21 for current- and next-gen consoles.

More information on NBA 2K21 for next-gen consoles will be announced at a later date.

Grab NBA 2K20 for just $5 digitally

He shoots, he scores

NBA 2K21 is nearing launch, which as you know, makes the previous year's installment pretty much worthless in the eyes of most fans. That's why we're seeing the price of NBA 2K20 drop so low. You can grab the game for just $5 right now on the Switch eShop. If you don't mind being a tad out-of-date, this is a great purchase!

Thanks to Clark2K for the heads up!

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 Drops High-Flying Sizzle Trailer

The brightest stars and buzzer beaters

Lights turned off. Arenas went quiet. But the game never stopped. 2K today debuted a brand-new, lights-out gameplay trailer for NBA 2K21 on current-generation consoles, featuring clips of many of the league's brightest stars executing buzzer beaters, high-flying dunks, blocks and more.

With extensive improvements across the board and deep, varied game modes, NBA 2K21 offers one-of-a-kind immersion into all facets of NBA basketball and culture – where Everything is Game.

The September 4 launch for NBA 2K21 on current-gen is fast approaching and today's trailer is just the first of many gameplay-related announcements that will be rolling out through the upcoming weeks. Expect to see new information on gameplay, MyTEAM, MyCAREER and more in the coming weeks.

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