The game was previously announced to be a launch title for both the PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series systems, and the new look aims to demonstrate just how substantial the leap between current and next-gen is.
Utilising the PS5 hardware, the new footage for NBA 2K21 showcases some drastic changes from its current-gen predecessor. Facial animations are shown to be more realistic, the court features reflective lighting, increased dynamic lighting and a densely packed crowd.
Check out the stunning footage below:
NBA 2K21 was the first game to introduce a price hike for next-gen games. While the current-gen version currently retails for US$59.99 (£54.99), the next-gen version is set to be $69.99 (£64.99). There are no plans for a free upgrade for existing owners as it’s been described as “a monumental leap forward for the franchise”.
Take-Two Interactive, the partner company of 2K Games later said that “the price is justified”, and that the next-gen version of NBA 2K21 is “the kind of experience you can really only have on these next-generation consoles”.
The company later doubled down on the price increase in an interview, saying that: “The bottom line is that we haven’t seen a front-line price increase for nearly 15 years, and production costs have gone up 200 to 300 per cent.”