NBA 2K14: Next-Gen System's Official Release Date Raises Hype for New Game

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIISeptember 4, 2013

image from NBA 2K14 Next-Gen Trailer
image from NBA 2K14 Next-Gen Trailer

We knew the next-generation version of NBA 2K14 was coming, but now we know the date of release. Per Metro, the Xbox One will release in 13 countries one week after the PlayStation 4 (PS4) on Nov. 22.

NBA 2K14 is a launch title for both, so Ronnie Singh of 2K Sports dropped this tweet shortly after the official release dates were revealed.

Up to now, very little is known about the next-generation version of the game. Fans were teased by this trailer of the game in June.

It is easy to see the enhanced visuals as players look even more like themselves—especially the video game version of cover athlete LeBron James. The arenas were more vivid and the lighting was stellar.

It was just a sizzle trailer, but it did offer a glimpse into what the game will look like on the next-gen consoles. Details about the Xbox One and PS4 versions have been sparse primarily because of the impending release of the current-gen version of the game.

NBA 2K14 is set to release for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on Oct. 1. It appears a lot has gone into making this version even stronger than NBA 2K13, which was one of the best games of 2012. Quite honestly, if 2K Sports flooded social media and publications with information about the next-gen version, it would steal the current-gen version's thunder.

It makes sense to stagger the details on both versions to give them both their due.

We do know that the heavily requested return of Crew mode will be exclusive to the current-gen version. It hasn't appeared in a NBA 2K game since NBA 2K11. Because many fans of the series had pined for it, it was improved and brought back for NBA 2K14.

With Crew mode being exclusive to the current-gen version of NBA 2K14, hardcore fans of the mode will probably still be compelled to grab themselves a copy on Oct. 1.

That said, it will be hard to resist the next-generation version, especially if the visuals in the trailer are any indication of how the game will look. Now that we have a concrete date, we can officially begin our countdown to the next generation of virtual basketball.


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