The demo of the console version had already been downloadable for a few days, but now it's time to go to the basket: NBA 2K21 is now available for purchase on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Stadia. But that's not all: the next-gen versions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are still missing, which obviously will only come out later, when the consoles arrive on the market (by the end of the year).
Those who purchase the Mamba Forever Edition, dedicated to the memory of Kobe Bryant, will be entitled to redeem a standard copy of the game for the next generation platforms. In addition, the title is equipped with the MyTEAM Cross-Progression, which is a shared VC wallet within the same family of consoles (from PS4 to PS5, from Xbox One to Xbox Series X), allowing the sharing of all MyTEAM Points, Tokens , cards and progress on both the current and next generation versions of NBA 2K21 in the same console family. Likewise, the Shared VC Wallet means that any VCs earned or purchased are accessible on both the current and next-generation versions of NBA 2K21 (again in reference to the same console family).
The previous episode, NBA 2K20, had been the subject of numerous criticisms, but 2K promises improvements on all fronts: there will be greater realism thanks to an improved graphics and AI of the players, a more refined dribble system, a new story from the cinematic cut to the "My CAREER" mode and much more. Below is the complete list of game features provided directly by 2K.
- Unprecedented Realism – Enhancements to graphical presentation, player AI, game modes, and many other elements push NBA 2K21 back to the limits and make it the most realistic basketball experience ever. Feel the energy of the audience, the intensity of NBA races and the fun that the most compelling video game on sport can offer;
- Elite Gameplay – Enjoy an unmatched dribble system using the advanced Pro Stick. Take aim with jump shots and on hand with a new level of accuracy and skill, unlock new custom dribble moves with more effective ball handling;
- Your Dream Team – Assemble your best collection of new NBA stars and legendary players with MyTEAM and compete against other avid collectors from around the world. New to 2K21 Limited Time Seasons offers unique rewards by competing in new and classic MyTEAM modes;
- New MyCAREER Story – Start in high school basketball, transition to official college teams, and join the NBA in the new MyCAREER cinematic experience. Take myPLAYER to the top by dominating the court and making the right choices off the pitch, building a reputation in this thrilling and exciting adventure;
- New Neighborhood Location – Get a tan as you play 1v1, 3v3 and 5v5 matches: 2K21's new Neighborhood brings basketball to the beach with revamped aesthetics and functionality. Show off your style and skills in the Park, team up with other players in Pro-Am and earn big rewards in 2K Compete events that will be dynamically updated;
- The latest clothing and music – Dress like a real gamer with new clothing, accessories and shoes from your favorite brands, then play accompanied by the dynamic musical notes of 2K21, featuring the hottest artists of the moment and the stars nascent musicians;
- US National – Relive the titles of the US national team. Hit the court with classic teams, collect MyTEAM cards of past stars, and show your pride with MyPLAYER items.