NBA 2K fans who have long been pining for the return of the beloved Crew mode might finally get their wish—and then some. 2K Sports released the trailer above Thursday afternoon announcing the new 2K Pro-Am mode, which sounds like Crew on steroids.
The official Twitter account of NBA 2K prepped the community for the announcement with this tweet, and the trailer didn't disappoint:
Here's a brief synopsis of the mode provided to Bleacher Report from 2K Sports:
Pro-Am is a new mode for MyPLAYERs in NBA 2K16. Grab your friends, design your own logos, jerseys and arenas for full branding of your team. After your identity has been stamped, rise up the leaderboards with your team to compete against the best in the world in five-on-five matches on full-sized courts with NBA rules in a venue that supports 40 players playing simultaneously.
The mode sounds a lot like Jordan Rec Center from NBA 2K15, only it promises some extraordinary new features that could take the mode to places that even Crew never did.
The lack of waiting is a huge feature, as one of the biggest drawbacks to JRC was long wait times that discouraged gamers from participating in the mode.
The trailer advertises that this issue will be a thing of the past.
There's also the inclusion of full leaderboards that track individual and team statistics. This is the first major step toward making NBA 2K a part of the rapidly growing e-sports world. That is a huge step for the franchise from a business standpoint, but it's also potentially a ton of fun for gamers.
Last but certainly not least is the ability to customize uniforms, arenas and team logos. Excuse me while I pause to lose my mind...
OK, I'm back.
The freedom to upload custom logos that can be placed on the stadium floor and jerseys is insane. Let's hope there's some sort of filter for undesirable images from unruly fans.
Let's stay classy, 2K community.
This is the way a Create-A-Team option is supposed to work. Now let's hope that this is also the same creation suite offered in MyTeam as well as in the roster creator and 2K Share.
Obviously, the only thing that could derail this awesome concept is the dreaded 2K server issues. Hopefully that won't be the same issue it has been in the past and we're allowed to enjoy this conceptual genius the way the designers meant it to be played.
Save those sick days. NBA 2K16 drops for preorder customers September 25 and for the non-believers and late comers September 29.
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