NBA 2K21 NEXT-GEN – THE W AND MyWNBA COURTSIDE REPORT
Whats up everybody! Felicia Steenhouse, Senior Producer for NBA 2K21 right here, and I am excited to speak WNBA as we speak! Initially, I wish to thank the devoted followers on the market nonetheless enjoying by means of WNBA Seasons, writing up want lists, opinions, and reaching out on social media pushing us for extra. You have been actually on our minds throughout these powerful late nights, inspiring us to maintain pushing. I can’t categorical how grateful we’re as a crew to your participation and suggestions. Whereas this Courtside Report is all concerning the WNBA and The W, I really wish to begin with an addition for these followers who loved final yr’s WNBA Season mode. You’re going to like this.
Totally customizable. Multi-season. WNBA Franchise mode. That is MyWNBA!
As quickly as we have been finished with NBA 2K20, we knew straight away what our first aim for NBA 2K21 could be and set to work on constructing that basis for league management and development for the WNBA. You now have the sandbox to go and create the league of your desires. Management all 12 groups, or take your favourite crew from the lottery to championship rings over as many seasons because it takes.
Once I say absolutely customizable, that is what I imply:
Create a league of your individual. From guidelines, to funds, CBA, draft, and every part in between. Use 2K presets for a unique expertise, or obtain shared settings from the neighborhood.
Skip the season altogether and get straight to the playoffs in Playoff mode.
Wish to play with associates? Bought you lined with On-line Leagues.
Activate position enjoying parts to expertise the WNBA from a GM’s perspective.
For skilled gamers, up the issue and compete on the leaderboard.
As soon as you end up immersed in your sandbox, save and add your customized configuration so you’ll be able to share what you constructed with the neighborhood!
We wish to hear from you. Get your arms soiled in our MyWNBA sandbox and tell us how you’re enjoying. The place are you having enjoyable and the place are you searching for extra? We wish to hear all of it so we will develop this expertise collectively.
Now, I hope you didn’t assume we stopped at our model new MyWNBA expertise. Now we have a lot extra to share as we speak…
Welcome to The W
One in every of our foremost design targets for The W was to assist you to expertise the profession of a WNBA participant, each on and off the courtroom. The ladies of the WNBA are greater than athletes and are defining skilled sports activities as we all know it in real-time. Do you could have what it takes to steer this league into a brand new period?
Constructing your MyPLAYER
The very first thing you’ll do when creating your WNBA MyPLAYER is decide your participant’s head. Import your Face Scan from the cell app or select from one in all our 30 base heads (which you can utterly customise) to type into your likeness.
After this, you’ll then get to one of the crucial necessary early selections when making a WNBA MyPLAYER – figuring out your participant kind.
A noteworthy side of this mode is that your participant development is triggered solely by means of enjoying video games. Due to this, choosing your Participant Sort will likely be one of the crucial necessary early selections you make within the recreation, because it’ll decide your MyPLAYER’s preliminary attributes and people when the participant progresses from Development Stage 1 all the way in which as much as Stage 10.
Right here’s a breakdown of the Participant Varieties:
2-Means Playmaker. PG & SG eligible.
2-Means Level Ahead. SF & PF eligible.
Slashing Playmaker. PG, & SG eligible.
Slashing Level Ahead. SF & PF.
Inside-Out Playmaker. PG, & SF eligible.
Inside-Out Level Ahead. SF & PF eligible.
2-Means Slasher. PG, SG, & SF eligible.
2-Means Slashing 4. PF eligible.
2-Means Slashing 5. C eligible.
3&D Level. PG, SG, & SF eligible.
3-Stage Scorer. All positions eligible.
Offensive Risk. PG, SG, & SF eligible.
Sharpshooter. All positions eligible.
Playmaking Shot Creator. PG, SG, SF, & PF eligible.
Submit Scorer. PF & C eligible.
Lockdown Defender. PG, SG, SF, & PF eligible.
Defensive Anchor. C eligible.
Paint Beast. SF, PF, & C eligible.
When you’ve picked your Participant Sort, you’ll then get to choose your Physique Settings. Top, Weight, and Wingspan will all have an effect on your MyPLAYER’s attributes from the start line to the Stage 10 most.
And the very last thing that you just’ll be selecting is your MyPLAYER’s Main and Secondary Takeover. As your participant will get scorching, these will replenish, first your main after which your secondary. In case you anticipate each to replenish, then you’ll be able to activate them each on the similar time. You may study extra concerning the Takeover function in our Courtside Report #3.
WNBA Participant On & Off the Court docket
As touched upon within the intro, we felt it was necessary to let gamers expertise what it means to be a WNBA participant on and off the courtroom. So as to do that, we constructed the mode on the inspiration of a set of various pillars that monitor the progress of your MyPLAYER and the league.
The core development is tracked by means of the next – Participant Development, Participant Reputation, WNBA Reputation, Participant Wealth, and Teammate Chemistry.
After you play your first recreation, now in your off day, you’ll discover you could have three occasions to select from. What you select right here will depend on the way you wish to progress your profession in The W. What’s necessary to you? Rising the league? Securing cash now? Setting your self up for a profession after basketball? Or perhaps you simply wish to strive somewhat of every part. Each alternative you make, you will note one in all your 5 profession pillars change, and with every degree progressed throughout these 5 pillars you’ll obtain in-game rewards as you go.
Development is principally simply how good your MyPLAYER is at enjoying the sport of basketball. The first method to degree up your MyPLAYER is by incomes MyPOINTS by enjoying and performing properly in video games. Like all profession pillars, you can even take part in varied off-court occasions through the common season and later within the offseason that may assist enhance your MyPLAYER’s basketball expertise, which additionally lets you unlock and improve badges.
Along with boosting your attributes and gaining badges, leveling up your Development can even unlock new animations, the Jumpshot Creator, the power to affect your crew’s free agent and commerce targets, your crew’s minutes and rotations, and even jersey numbers.
This one needs to be fairly clear – it’s how common your MyPLAYER is and tracks what number of followers you could have at any given second. You may earn followers by making spotlight performs in video games like and-1s, buzzer beaters, clutch chasedown blocks on star gamers, and so forth. Taking part in off-court occasions which can be designed to advertise your private fame will provide help to develop your star energy much more.
The primary aim in rising your participant’s recognition will likely be to earn endorsements, which earns you more cash in addition to recreation day sneakers from the model partnership you earn. These embody Nike, Jordan, Adidas, Beneath Armour, Puma, New Stability, and Converse.
As a WNBA participant, it advantages you to assist the league grow to be extra common. You should have a chance to assist develop the league, for those who select to, by doing varied off-court jobs designed to assist enhance the general recognition of your complete league.
Whenever you do that, the league will evolve and there’ll be extra Nationwide TV video games which you can play in, which earns extra private followers than non-nationally televised video games. It additionally produces will increase to participant salaries that may positively affect your wealth, which has advantages that we’ll get to…properly, proper now!
Hey, let’s be sincere, there’s a little satisfaction in incomes that paycheck. This profession pillar tracks the expansion of your participant’s checking account; it contains cash earned along with your WNBA wage that will get paid out by enjoying WNBA video games and from doing varied jobs off the courtroom.
Now let me drop a teaser right here. Progressing your wealth will unlock unique gear to put on when competing in The W On-line…extra on that to return!
The final of the profession pillars the place we monitor your MyPLAYER’s progress is with Teammate Chemistry. This gauges how properly you play with and get alongside along with your teammates. You may enhance this with a very good in-game teammate grade or by spending time along with your teammates on off-days. You’ll should steadiness this with enhancing your individual expertise or recognition, that of the leagues, and rising that quantity in your checking account.
Having a excessive Teammate Chemistry degree may have some necessary recreation impacts, corresponding to unlocking the Secondary Takeover (that we talked about within the MyPLAYER creation part above). It additionally unlocks the Workforce Takeover function and the brand new function of ‘Management All On-Court docket Gamers’ – that allows you to play The W with full 5-player management like in Play Now as an alternative of locked to your MyPLAYER. Moreover, you can even unlock Equipment like armbands, socks, headbands, and so forth, which you can put on each in WNBA video games and in The W On-line.
Off-day and Offseason Jobs
What you select to do off the courtroom issues rather a lot on this mode and that’s the place these off-day and offseason jobs come into play. That is the place we get into the flavour of the WNBA. Loads of analysis went into defining what gamers do off the courtroom and we had lots of enjoyable translating that into the sport. I hope even the die-hard WNBA followers will discover one thing new right here.
What makes this league so wonderful is the range of its gamers. The methods during which they market themselves, one another, and the league itself is various and distinctive. Going over our analysis on what gamers do off the courtroom that contribute to these 5 pillars we mentioned above, we categorized these into 5 teams – Coach, Entrepreneur, International Icon, Trend Icon, and Influencer.
Coach: Assume Kristi Toliver right here. These jobs middle on enhancing your data and talents within the recreation of basketball. Doing these will likely be useful principally to your MyPLAYER’s Development and typically Teammate Chemistry.
Entrepreneur: à la Jessica Breland. Learn to run your individual enterprise and grow to be higher at getting cash. Doing these jobs will, after all, be most impactful to your participant’s Wealth.
International Icon: Basketball has worldwide enchantment. These jobs are centered on reaching a world viewers – each to your private Reputation and the WNBA Reputation. We had Diana Taurasi in thoughts for this one.
Trend Icon: Did somebody say Liz Cambage? Trend issues in sports activities and is a crucial a part of the lives of followers and gamers. Doing vogue icon jobs will assist your individual Reputation and sometimes enhance your Wealth.
Influencer: Similar to Breanna Stewart or Candace Parker, athletes are influencers and the roles on this class will provide help to affect your followers and achieve new ones alongside the way in which.
As an added bonus, as you progress in these jobs, you’ll achieve WNBA gamers as contacts who will ship you texts that will help you out alongside the way in which. To begin your profession you’ll hear from Nneka Ogwumike to assist get you transferring in the suitable route.
The W On-line
Okay, so what precisely is The W On-line? Merely put, The W On-line is a 3v3 multiplayer expertise (unique to The W) the place you’ll be able to take your homegrown MyPLAYER and compete towards different gamers and their MyPLAYERs. As soon as within the recreation, you will discover your self in arguably probably the most lovely location to play within the recreation. If you wish to see subsequent gen visuals; that is the place to be.
Video games performed in The W On-line will earn you MyPOINTS towards your participant’s development, however that is additionally the place you get to point out out. These avenue guidelines video games to 21 are a stage to showcase your MyPLAYER. As you’re progressing in your profession, you’re unlocking animations and unique clothes objects for this expertise. When you unlock that coveted degree 10 gear, The W On-line is the place to go to point out the world you have reached the head of your occupation!
YOU finally make our recreation what it’s, and this yr now we have enormously expanded the ‘you’s who’re represented in our recreation. There are such a lot of new methods to play with the WNBA in NBA 2K21! I can’t wait to listen to about the way you form the league in The W, see your highlights in The W On-line, obtain your customized rosters and situations, and see what you’ll be able to construct with MyWNBA!
Earlier than I allow you to go, I wish to give a fast shout out to the perfect growth crew on the earth. The expertise and resolve of everybody at VC constantly blows me away. Whereas we’re very happy with what we have been in a position to accomplish collectively, we’re all the time thirsty for extra. There are new, never-before taken paths forward of us. It is a journey we’re honored and excited to be taking with you. Now it’s time to see the place you are taking the WNBA in NBA 2K21! Do you could have it in you?