2K Day is fast approaching and with just seven days left until we can get our hands on the latest edition of the franchise, 2K has dropped a new trailer introducing us to this year’s MyCareer story-line… The game mode which is (probably) the closest you’ll ever get to actually playing in the NBA.
This year, you’ll take on the role of Junior. In a storyline dubbed “The Long Shadow”, you’re the son of a successful baller navigating your own path to the league (and if that feels far-fetched, this exact scenario applied to 30 current NBA players who are second-generation pros).
You’ll start (again) in high school before progressing to the college ranks – and it’s great to see that 2K21 has brought real colleges back into the game. The game features 10 officially licensed programs including: Michigan State, UConn, Florida, Gonzaga, Syracuse, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, UCLA, Villanova University and West Virginia.
MyCareer Senior Producer, Ben Bishop, said on a behind the scenes Zoom call earlier this week, that 2K21’s MyCareer “shifted back to being a little bit more game-play focused. You get to play more games than you have probably in our past couple of years with colleges back in the fold“.
Hopefully, the Draft Combine experience builds upon 2K20’s version, as that was something I thoroughly enjoyed, even if I couldn’t figure out how to perform a bench press!
Once you’ve made the league, your journey just begins and there are a few consequential decisions to make along the way, even coming down to who represents you.
You have a couple of agent options to choose from and, depending on what you choose will actually have a big impact on the way things unfold for you in the NBA… We wanted to give you two distinct options that really dictate the way that your career unfolds off the court, while you’re working at becoming a star on the court.Ben Bishop, 2K21 MyCareer Senior Producer
Also, it wouldn’t be a MyCAREER story without a slew of famous faces to meet along the way. In 2K21, you’ll see Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, Guardians of the Galaxy), Mireille Enos (The Killing, World War Z) as well as cover athletes Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson helping to bring Junior’s story to life in a dramatic and cinematic way.
In addition to MyCareer, the 2K Team took us through some other features new to this game, including the 2K Beach. Some eagle-eyed fans, including our own Kirk Killick, will have spotted the 2K Beach in the “Everything is Game” trailer:
The 2K Beach is the new spot for the extremely popular 2K Neighbourhood. The place ballers can live out their virtual day-to-day lives, where hoops culture comes to life on every corner. Whether you want to compete in 3v3 streetball runs, play for bigger stakes in 5v5 ProAM games or simply show off the drip with all the latest clothes, shoes and more–there’s plenty of things to do and plenty of ways to express yourself.
According to 2K Director of Product Development, Chien Yu; the beach was inspired by “our local communities here in Southern California, and we were really motivated to capture the look and feel of our beach communities. We’re really excited about we’ve built. It’s bright, it’s colourful and in this modern world that we live in, this year, it’s really exciting and refreshing for us to be able to play NBA 2K park games, ProAm games, play our specail events outdoors, right at the beach. I hope our community will love playing at 2K Beach as much as we do. I guess, at the end of the day, who doesn’t love playing basketball at the beach?“
2K21 drops everywhere, next Friday, 4th September. So download the demo now, and get practicing with that reconfigured jumpshot!
Our Mike Miller is not the Mike Miller picked 5th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2000 NBA Draft. He is in fact one of our podcast hosts and a Lead Writer. He loves beards, begrudgingly respects James Harden, writes a weekly NBA column for GiveMeSport and contributes to Sporting News (FIBA). He’s also represented us as an analyst on Sky Sports, BBC Radio 5 Live, ESPN’s Head in the Game podcast and Love Sport Radio.