"New era of authenticity": ProPLAY as the driving force behind NBA 2K24’s features

"New era of authenticity": ProPLAY as the driving force behind NBA 2K24's features

NBA 2K’s gameplay director Mike Wang wants to usher in nothing less than “a new era of authenticity”. The driving force and one of the key features of NBA 2K24 is ProPLAY. In the Courtside Report, Wang explains, “The shots, movements – every time the player moves off the field on the field -, dribbles, rebounds, blocks, passes and free throws feel different in NBA 2K24 New Gen because they are in Real-time scenarios were captured.”

This should make the animations run more smoothly in the future – certain movements in the process will no longer be choppy. “Previous versions of NBA 2K offered a variety of dribble packages and unique jump shots, but a contorted, athletic layup under the basket (…) was not previously possible,” says Wang.

From signature moves to the smallest detail

The experienced NBA eye could in future “recognize Kevin Durant’s unique jump shots and free throws” – or “Steph Curry’s explosive dribbling movements”. ProPLAY makes “the game look and feel more believable. It reduces the number of breaks in authenticity.” In general, there are new animations for jumpshots, dunks, layups, dribbles, passes and the aforementioned signature moves, both defensively and offensively.

The new ProPLAY, which replaces the previous motion capturing, should also take effect with “inconspicuous movements”. As a result, even the smallest details should be reproduced authentically. Kick-off for the anniversary edition – NBA 2K celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2023 – is September 8th. A few weeks ago it was announced that Kobe Bryant, who died in 2020, would become the cover star of the basketball simulation. In addition, for the first time there is a limited anniversary edition with various extra content, but also with a proud price.


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