As previously announced, 2K held a live stream event for NBA 2K18 titled Run The Neighborhood. As it turns out, The Neighborhood is the name of a new experience in this year’s game that combines MyCAREER, MyPARK, and 2K Pro-Am. The three popular modes are now connected in an open world setting, where MyPLAYERs live in the titular Neighborhood. There will be several locations to visit, including stores and The Playground. Some of the key points include:
- Players will be able to level up no matter which mode they play, whereas in previous games this was primarily achieved through grinding in MyCAREER.
- There is an over-arching meta game called Road to 99, which rewards players for improving their Overall Rating. A unified Badge system across MyCAREER, Park, and 2K Pro-Am has also been implemented.
- There are primary and secondary MyPLAYER Archetypes, including pure and hybrid styles. There are 189 Archetypes in all, each of which have their own assortment of attainable Bronze, Silver, and Gold Badges.
- While the traditional MyPARK experience is gone, it’s still available in the form of pickup games that you can find in the open world of The Neighborhood.
Check out the trailer for Run The Neighborhood below, or catch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.
We’ll be able to get a preview of NBA 2K18 via The Prelude, which will be released on September 8th. The MyNBA2K18 companion app with face scanning functionality will be released a day earlier on September 7th. What are your thoughts on the new open world career mode? Have your say in the comments section below, and join in the discussion taking place here in the NBA 2K18 section of the NLSC Forum!