NBA 2K14 Won't Hurt Popularity by Not Releasing Demo

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 25, 2013

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The popular 2K Sports franchise may not be releasing a demo for NBA 2K14, but that won't keep people from buying the game upon its release.

The news came out on Tuesday that the game would not have a demo prior to the release date, according to the official 2K Sports Twitter account.

NBA 2K14 is set to come out on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on October 1.  While fans of the series may be upset that they won't get a taste of the game prior to the release date, it's highly unlikely that this keeps people from buying the game.

The previous installment in the series, NBA 2K13, was a huge success and a very entertaining game.  Eddie Makuch of reported back in 2012 that NBA 2K13 had set a franchise sales record selling 49 percent more copies of the game than the previous record-holder, which was NBA 2K11.

The reason for such an increase, according to the report, was the rise in international sales, which reportedly rose 66 percent from NBA 2K11.

Sales for this year's installment will likely be even more successful.

So far, the reviews for NBA 2K14 have been very positive.  A review by Brett Molina of USA Today gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars.  Nunzio Ingrassia from had this to say about the game:

Though NBA 2K14 doesn't makes any drastic changes, it does improve nearly every aspect from 2K13 to create gameplay that is unrivaled. The physicality in the paint and on the perimeter is a welcome change that really changes the way the game is played. Though the LeBron Path to Greatness mode doesn't give you the freedom that you would want, it is an experiment that players who crave something other than the nuts and bolts of an NBA season should enjoy. The return of Crew mode is much anticipated by veterans of the series and something they will spend countless hours playing. The developers have fleshed out My Team, adding depth and leaderboards that were sorely lacking from 2K13's version.

While a number of people will be buying the game on October 1, others will be waiting for the release of the game on the next-gen consoles.  According to Ronnie 2K, the game is set to release on the PS4 on November 11, then the Xbox One on November 22.

The fact that developers are working to release a game essentially on five different platforms over the next two months means that they're going to be quite busy.  While they may not be able to release a demo, fans can be excited as NBA 2K14 is released on the Xbox 360 and PS3 on October 1, then on the next-gen consoles in less than two months.