She’s on fire
It’s been a long time coming, but 2K Sports has announced that this year’s entry in their annual basketball sim NBA 2K will be adding the entirety of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) to its roster. This addition brings NBA 2K up to speed with Electronic Arts’ NBA Live, which added the WNBA to its franchise in 2017.
NBA 2K20 will feature all 12 WNBA teams, totaling some 140 players, for use in Season and Play Now modes. A new video released by the publisher features the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker and Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stuart, performing motion capture for the female character models. A selection of star players and top collegiate athletes were gathered together to record somewhere in between 3000-5000 animations for the new game.
A blog post on the official NBA 2K Facebook explains how gameplay has been redesigned specifically to represent women’s basketball. This includes detail on how visual design – including facial animation, body movement, and hair tech – has been overhauled from the ground up in order to present the WNBA as a fully-realised addition, with its own individual look, style and gameplay.
NBA 2K20 launches September 6 on PS4, PC and Xbox One.