NBA 2K12’s Historic Teams Won’t Be Available Online

Owen Good has posted an article over on Kotaku discussing the impact of the NBA lockout on NBA 2K12, in particular the lack of roster updates out of the box. Owen also confirms that the 34 historic teams will not be playable online, as it was with the Jordan Challenge teams in NBA 2K11.

He also weighs in on the predictions that NBA 2K12’s sales could be cut in half due to the lockout preventing updated rosters and rookies from being included in the base game, suggesting it is an overreaction (an assessment I would be inclined to agree with). For those who are unaware, updated rosters and rookies will be patched in to the game once the lockout has ended, though rookie speech and faces will be available in the game files out of the box which is something we’ll hopefully be able to take advantage of in the modding community.

What’s your take on the situation? Does the absence of updated rosters or inability to take historic teams online affect your decision to buy NBA 2K12? Leave a comment below or post your thoughts in this thread.

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September 18, 2011 12:02 pm

I think it will hurt somewhat. Maybe not in half, but potentially a drop of 40%. I think last year was huge because MJ was back in game, on cover, hype in league with Lebron changing teams etc. All things came together, plus with Live/Elite bombing, 5 mill became possible. I think regardless of lockout I could see them losing 1 mill. Potentially they lose another mill, I don’t know.

I’m still picking it up but going with safer option of PC so that rookies can be unlocked & more historical stuff/teams can be made.

I think they should let historical teams be playable online but not in ranked games.

September 18, 2011 1:35 pm

The PC community will pretty much get whatever they want with third party patches anyways, so concern over loss of updates should be very small. Not the same for consoles though. Consoles are pretty much what makes up most of their sales but overall, even if there would be sales loss, it wouldn’t result into one investor losing mortgage. I think half is just too much for a loss projection. In my perspective, 2K12 is only the salvation which will replace the interest of people in the real NBA.

September 18, 2011 5:57 pm

I wanted to destroy people with 2002 Kings. 🙁