NBA 2K23 is coming soon and fans are excited to drop into the newest iteration of 2K’s basketball simulation game, ready to see what new game modes, players, effects, and other surprises await them in game. Players hope that the game fixes speed boosts and blocks as well as works on many of the other visuals and mechanics that fans have been wanting tweaked over the years.
As September gets closer and closer, fans are getting more and more excited about the potential improvements in the game’s graphics as well as in gameplay details. All over the internet, fans are debating ideas about player rating predictions in NBA 2K23, graphical changes, game modes, etc., and now that 2K has released a new trailer, there is even more to talk about.
The trailer opens with a shot of a dancer from the Jabbawockeez group, which players are excited about because of the potential for better halftime shows in NBA 2K23. Throughout the rest of the trailer, 2K shows off animations for long three-point shots, screen shaking dunks, player celebrations, and much more, which all look to be more smooth and natural than previous games. Fans will be excited to see all their favorite players like Steph Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Ja Morant, LeBron James, and many more.
It looks like this time around, the featured basketball player on the cover of the game is Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, which is also highlighted in the trailer’s final shot. Booker steps up the court, waves off offensive help when he notices the mismatch against LA’s Anthony Davis, crosses him over, steps back, and hits a game-winning buzzer beater.
Since the NBA 2K franchise began in 1999, choosing a pro basketball player to star on the box art in each new iteration has been a tradition. Allen Iverson served as the series’ first cover star and since then, 2K has selected new ones from among the NBA’s greatest players past and present. Following Kobe Bryant’s death, 2K released the Mamba Forever Edition of NBA 2K21 in honor of the legendary Laker. Last year, in honor of the WNBA’s 25th anniversary, the first WNBA Edition was published. This version is exclusive to GameStop and features Candace Parker on the box art. This year, 2K continues that tradition with the release of a WNBA version of 2K23 with the Seattle Storm’s Sue Bird and the Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi sharing the cover.
Though the trailer does not show off any other game modes or detail any other gameplay mechanics, fans are still excited to see smooth animations and improved graphics. Surely, players can look forward to seeing more information come out about NBA 2K23 over the next month before release.
NBA 2K23 releases September 9 for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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