In the wake of yesterday’s trailer, a couple of previews have been posted which provide further details on The Neighborhood in NBA 2K19. Both Game Informer and Forbes have posted articles explaining some of the changes, additions, and improvements this year. As always, I recommend reading the entire articles for the full scoop, but I’ll try to summarise the key points as best I can.
- Archetypes will be more balanced. Defensive Archetypes will have better offensive ratings than last year, and Archetypes have generally been re-worked to remove some of the disadvantages of choosing certain styles of play.
- In the full version of NBA 2K19, we’ll be able to see the maximum rating for each attribute as we’re creating our players, and note how they change as we select the Archetype, height, weight, and so on. It was a late addition, so it won’t be featured in The Prelude.
- MyPLAYERs still start at 60 Overall, but there will reportedly be less of a grind this year. The difficulty multiplier returns, and all Badge drills will award XP.
- The Neighborhood has been redesigned to be more centralised and is now square-shaped, for less running around. We can also proceed directly to the practice arena following games.
- Pro-Am Walk On has been replaced by the Jordan Rec Center. “Got Next” is still in effect in The Playground.
- Haircuts can be previewed first, and no longer cost VC. Vehicles such as skateboards and bicycles can be purchased from a new shop (“Wheels”) as you level up.
- A special MyTEAM store will allow you to create a MyTEAM card based on your MyPLAYER.
- There are several more mini-games including dodgeball (which can grant a lot of VC), trampoline basketball, and a daily trivia contest. There will also be revolving live events, each with different themes. We’ll also experience transitions from day to night over six hour periods in The Neighborhood.
- This year’s story – in which the cutscenes are skippable – will take players through the Chinese League and G-League before making it to the NBA.
- MyCOURT is basically the same, though you don’t have to return there to change clothes, and there’s no B-Fresh this year.
- A daily prize wheel can be spun for a chance at various prizes including shoes, VC, and XP (apparently now called MyPoints). Daily challenges have also been incorporated, with big rewards.
- The new Crew mode will be 3v3 and allow you to team up with two friends to take on various challenges.
Once again, be sure to check out the aforementioned articles for additional details and comments from the developers! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in our NBA 2K19 Forum.