2K has revealed the latest gameplay improvements in NBA 2K23. The focus was on new skill moves, animations and player builds, which should ensure a more authentic and particularly realistic experience.

“We really value community feedback when deciding what the next edition of NBA 2K should look like. And this year's gameplay innovations reflect what was most requested by the community," said Mike Wang, gameplay director at Visual Concepts. “From a focus on how players can attack the basket, to more realistic defense on the ball, to a new tiered badge system, all of the features we've brought to life in the game this year will create a more authentic gaming experience that's fun for everyone power."

NBA 2K23: Per Stick improvements

Find out all about the latest gameplay innovations in NBA 2K23 in the latest Courtside Report. In the coming weeks, we'll be delving even deeper and unveiling even more new features in the next iteration of the world's best-selling NBA basketball simulation.

NBA 2K23 includes numerous new gameplay innovations to increase the intensity of all facets of competition, including:

throws: The most notable change this year is the introduction of throw traits, giving each signature jump shot its own throw stats that determine its effectiveness. There are also five new shooting displays to choose from, with 15 more to unlock in Seasons over the coming year;

Per Stick improvements: There are new gesture combinations for the Pro Stick that offer a lot of new options for playmakers in both throwing and ball handling. There are also new commands for dunking to ensure players can dunk exactly how they want without accidentally performing an unexpected skill dunk;

Skill moves & adrenaline rushes: With the new gesture combinations, players have even more options when handling the ball and throwing in the offensive arsenal. Also, as a new feature, there is the concept of adrenaline rushes to prevent over-dribbling. These boosts are consumed each time a hard go or explosive sprint start is executed, and players will experience significant penalties throughout the remainder of possession after they have used their three available boosts;

Defense: Defensive gameplay has significant updates designed to deliver more realistic defense on ball and shot blocks, steals and ball strips. This year, blocks are becoming more realistic, making the outcome more predictable, with appropriate players making appropriate stops when timing their block attempts. There is also a significant improvement in ball safety for good dunkers and much more;

Plaques: In the all-new tiered badge system for PlayStation 5 (PS5) and Xbox Series X|S players, there are 16 badges per attribute category: eight at tier 1, and four each at tiers 2 and 3. The basic idea behind this is that players must equip a certain number of lower tier plaques before they can use the highest tier plaques;

takeovers: The primary and secondary takeovers from the predecessors have remained unchanged, but the team takeover has been completely redesigned. Team Takeover works as a cooperative team system where the entire team shares a meter. The new design makes a lot more sense and represents much better what it means to take on the game as a team as a unit;

AI gameplay: Players on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S will see improved ball handling, pick and roll execution, defensive strategies and coaching decisions in the AI.

NBA 2K23 is slated for release on September 9th for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. NBA 2K23 is developed by Visual Concepts and has a USK age rating of 12+.


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