NBA 2k14 Next Gen info released (some reaction at bottom)


According to a post on 2k had a conference call on Wednesday revealing info on NBA 2k14 which included info on gameplay and some new modes.

Below are excerpts from the post:

Graphics and New Engine

The first thing you need to know, NBA 2K14 is not a port. It has been built from the ground up for the new hardware with a new engine called “Eco Motion.”

The game will feature much improved graphics, with additional details like leg tattoos, new celebrations, hairstyles, and facial hair.

2K will be focusing its efforts on four main pillars of gameplay: NBA Today, MyCAREER, MyTEAM, and MyGM.

NBA Today is brand new, built from the ground up. Video highlights from previous days games will be shown with the menu looking like a scoreboard w/ all games listed.

All your NBA news connected on your console updated daily. This is all driven by Dynamic Living Rosters – which is adjust daily based on how players are performing in the real world.

Points of emphasis has been added to the game, which is a feature last saw in the old College Hoops franchise. No warmup outfit for bench players, but the crowds look much better. There are now less duplicates in the crowd. FYI the gameplay clip we saw was only 4 possessions.

Little imperfections of dirt on the backboard tells you all you need to know about the attention to detail. 2K built a material library. It looks like 2K took each arena and really upgraded them.

Details shown at scorers table. A thumbprint on a monitor is shown. Redid the scoreboards in each arena and the lighting in each arena, it is a small but definitely noticeable improvement.

Now showing off the new LED dynamic lighting system. Just stunning. Scoreboard lights are dynamic and showcase reflections.

2K actually measured the color temperature of lights and count the number of lights and manufacturer of lights.

2K now showcasing Kobe Bryant getting head scanned. Kobe hung around while they built his model and his reaction was “GTFO here”

Watching Lebron face map. Asking him to make intense faces. Can’t lie the game has his and Kobe’s face down. KD’s and Iguodala face maps. Both look great. Even have KD’s bad skin.

The team captured and head scanned constantly working around NBA schedules to capture nearly every player in the NBA. Hundreds of players with thousands of expressions you will see in the game. Showcasing art of those now. This is photo realism.

2K captured nearly every player in the NBA. Parker looks great. Have Amare haircut with brown streak. Ray Allen looks great.



Mike Wang is on and speaking about elevating the game harnessing the tech. Primarily in physics and animations. Foot planting clips shown.

Wang is talking about Ecomotion. Foot planting. No sliding or phantom steps. Showed difference between cur and next gen. It looks great. Really no sliding. Now showing dribbling. Ball actually rotates while dribbling which is not in current gen.

Now speaking to ball handling. Eco Motion allows them to track true physics. Ball spinning when dribbling, ball in hands. Tangible object.

New animation system. Guys will have real life wingspans. New KD shoes look great.

Mike speaks about animation synthesis, Eco Motion – based on physics and situation, animations will change. With animation synthesis, animations will change based on circumstances. If KD takes a shot and D is guarding him tight, anim will change on the fly.

The game feels alive. For example, a shooter won’t land the same way two times. Animation will adapt to the situation. Truly incredible stuff here.



Coaches will adapt to what is happening in the game. So game plans will dynamically change based on what other teams are doing.

Rob talks about points of emphasis. Every coach will have its own ai and strategize based on how the game is going.

There are nine different options on offense and defense to strategize how to defend or attack your opponent.


Emotion Plus

Emotion Plus will categorize all the players personalities. For example, Kobe is an Alpha Dog. He wants the ball, he’s fierce.

“Human emotions translate into performance. Every player has personality, highs are highs, lows are lows.”

Emotion plus is a new feature. Each player has a personality. Personality and game events can affect how a plot performs.



My GM is new franchise mode. Lots of RPG elements are in the next-gen game.

MyGM is a cerebral experience. Every decision changes the world around you. GM has attributes and special abilities.

MyGM includes conversations. You have to asses the emotional intelligence of the person you’re talking too.

You will get fired from the owner of you don’t maintain harmony in your organization, locker room and fan base. Revolutionizes what franchise mode is.

This is the complete evolution of association mode. Decisions and reactions is what this mode is all about.

“We have built a completely new experience for franchise players. All your day to day experiences have no right or wrong answers.”



Complete cut scenes in MyCAREER. Team captured hundreds and hundreds of scenes. A rival, agent, buddies and a compete cast of characters.

This mode “will leave you asking, “what will happen next?” Building relationships, making deals, etc..

Over 40 hours of gameplay in your first year alone.

“captured 1000s of cut scenes w actors & whole life of player. Every experience of being NBA player. All you want to see is next path”

When you’re not balling in MyCAREER, you can hang out with hundreds of MyPlayers in the Park.

Open field of courts shown with hundreds of MyPlayers playing. Quite a tease.

Jeff: “When MyPlayer isn’t balling, he likes to hang with 100 of his friends at The Park.”

That was the conclusion of the presentation from 2K. We will have hands-on experiences from the event very soon!

My Take

I am excited to try the MyGM mode, it sounds pretty cool, I think it could set the landscape for future sports games, especially if it is as immersive as it sounds.

Besides just the screen above gives me hope that the mode feels real, from the face to face contract discussions, to trades hich has yet to be seen but I hope there is dialoge there to in some way it could be fun and set the bar for future games. Even hiring and firing coaches, scouts, trainers and so on could be an interesting experience. If 2k nails the part where it says every decision will change the world in the game, it could very well be fun and entertaining to see the benefits or drawbacks of your decisions.

I never expected to be interested in a basketball franchise mode, but if 2K does this right, the changes to franchise modes could be great and could change franchise modes for the better, and if you ask me, that is wonderful.

I miss the days where sports games actually had contract negotiations and not this reject with no counters crap. There was actual work being done, it isn’t like Madden 25 at the re-sign section where if you make an offer and he re-fuses it the negotiations are over. That to me makes it not fun, especially if you offered him what he was looking for and he still rejects the offer, it is so stupid. And to be clear when I say it is stupid, I mean the end of the discussions, not the fact that he rejected the offer.

So to me, even a discussion like in the screen shot could make the game more interactive, which would make it more fun since you are in the process of trying to make a deal. I don’t know about most other players, but I enjoy going back and fourth in contract or trade negotiations, it makes it more real to an extent.

I am also excited to try My Player, I have not played NBA 2k since 2k11 so that mode I am sure has gotten better since it was already fairly good then. So I am excited to see the leaps it has made since 2010.

The gameplay and AI don’t interest me too much since I am sure it is leaps and bounds above what 2k11 had.



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