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NBA 2K21 Next-gen improvements, new Neighborhood, and more

Published: 08:21, 07 October 2020
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NBA 2K21 Next-gen gameplay trailer screenshot
NBA 2K21 Next-gen - Damian Lillard

The Next-gen trailer for NBA 2K21 is finally here, and it left us speechless just like NBA 2K14 did back in 2013, ahead of PS4 and Xbox One consoles launch.


The latest trailer for NBA 2K21 was perhaps the most anticipated one in the last 7 years. It's the Next-gen gameplay trailer for PS5/Xbox Series X|S, and it looks incredible!

The trailer is captured on the PlayStation 5 system, with many Mavs vs Warriors in-game moments from the trailer captured with the all-new Rail Cam. 2K mentions also the new AI systems, that bring every person in the arena come to life. And alive they look.

“Never before have we been able to deliver this level of visual fidelity and realism in a video game,” stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts. ”NBA 2K21 is the standout title that best delivers the promise of next-gen: truly revolutionary graphics, lightning-fast load times and incredible new features and gameplay only possible on next-generation hardware.”


2K has also teased a small list of expanded and improved upon details for the next-gen version of NBA 2K21, with many more details still to come.

  • An eye-popping leap in graphical advancements: next-gen lighting, textures, physics, animations, and more that push NBA 2K21’s visual presentation to the bleeding edge;
  • Rebuilt player movement and player impact, driven by new on-court animation and collision engines that make for a smoother, tougher game;
  • The entire arena comes to life, with more than 150 unique AI-driven characters interacting seamlessly to create a groundbreaking Lower Bowl experience;
  • An expanded soundtrack with 202 songs at launch and more to come.


"Today’s gameplay video is just the beginning with much more next-gen NBA 2K21 information coming soon. Beginning tomorrow, we’ll be breaking down all of the new next-gen gameplay-specific features across three Courtside Reports that cover core gameplay, new movement and the “Impact Engine,” as well as next-gen AI and major changes to the MyPLAYER Builder. 

Additionally, in the coming weeks, NBA 2K fans can look forward to learning about what’s new in MyCAREER, the WNBA, MyGM, and MyLEAGUE. And of course, fans will get an in-depth look into what will be the biggest expansion of NBA 2K’s online basketball community feature yet: the experience formerly known as the Neighborhood."

Formerly known as the Neighborhood? So, the Neighborhood is gone. We can't wait to see what they got in store for us in the Next-gen version of online 2K playground.

2K Games NBA 2K21 Next-gen gameplay trailer screenshot showing Stephen Curry NBA 2K21 Next-gen - Stephen Curry


Built from the ground-up to fully utilize the incredible power, speed and technology of the next-generation of consoles, NBA 2K21 will be available on November 10 for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, globally. 

As for PlayStation 5, the release date is set for November 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea, and on November 19 for PlayStation 5 in all other regions.

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