TAKE CONTROL WITH TAKEOVER:
Harness your MyPLAYER's full basketball potential with the new Takeover feature. Unlock special moves and abilities never before seen on the court, or activate Team Takeover and unleash the power of your full squad.
RUN THE NEIGHBORHOOD:
Make a name for yourself on the court, at the Under Armour Cages, and during live events on the block. Ball until dawn with new day to night transitions, walk on at the Jordan Rec Center, or get the old Crew back together for exciting 3 on 3 action.
Create your very first MyPLAYER card, and ball with LeBron, Kobe, and the rest of your collection in a variety of competitive modes. Introducing the new Unlimited mode, allowing you to pick any five cards from your deck and battle against other players online.
The original career story mode returns with an all-new, immersive narrative charting your journey from China to the G League and eventually the NBA. Featuring an all-star cast, endorsements tied to your popularity, and new team chemistry elements that allow you to dominate the hardwood.
During the NBA 2K18 post-mortem, Visual Concepts looked at the numbers and realized some archetypes were much more valuable than others. They hope to spread the love in NBA 2K19. I think the biggest thing we did this year was to refine the different archetypes and balance them more, Bishop says. For example, we did a lot of work on the defensive-minded ones to give them some offensive skills. They're no longer completely useless on that end of the ball. The goal is to make it so whatever style of play you prefer, you're not going to be at a disadvantage. We want them all to be relatively equal so we spent a lot of time evening those out.
This approach extends to the various positions you can assign your player as well. A lot of people prefer to play center to power forward because you can be that much taller and stronger, but now we're giving you different advantages as a power forward, Bishop says. Shooting guard is another one. It seemed kind of like there were point guards, small forwards, and centers, and those two in the middle got left out a lot. We just wanted to make it so there's a reason to use all of them depending on what type of game you play.
When mixing and matching archetypes, once the final game ships you'll be able to see how they max out so you can make the tough calls before you go deep into mode and get locked into an archetype you aren't happy with. That's one of the things we added almost last minute, Bishop says. You won't see it in The Prelude version, but once the main game hits, as you are changing your archetypes there's a button you can hit to bring up a list of what your max will be for each attribute. You can see how the different combinations affect it. Then when you move over to height, weight, and wingspan, it's the same thing. You can see if you go up two inches, this is what attributes are going to change. This menu displays the exact max number, not just a vague colored meter.
YOU LEVEL UP MUCH FASTER EARLY ON
First, the bad news: you still start MyCareer as a talentless hack rated 60 overall. But the good news is you won't have to grind as hard to become an average player. The difficulty modifier returns, so players who want more of a challenge can reap larger rewards for good performances. Bishop says that between the Neighborhood events and changes to VC distribution, you should have a lot more ways to upgrade quickly.
If you go to practice after every game that gives you the opportunity to move up much more quickly, Bishop says. One of the things we did in practice, for example, last year you had a set amount of drills and they were tied sometimes to multiple badges. You could do a drill and maybe not get any extra points toward that badge. This year, we have a drill that's one-to-one to every single badge, so if you want to go and target Ankle Breaker or some specific badge, you can be sure that you're going to get points toward that.
Leveling an alt also gets much easier once you cross a certain threshold. When you get to a certain level – it's 90 maybe? – then you have an opportunity to make a new career but already have a bunch of your MyPoints set, so you can skip that early progress, Bishop says.