NBA 2K developer Visual Concepts is looking to make the difference between two of its single-player leagues greater this year. Rather than MyLeague and MyGM blending together, 2K is launching what it calls MyGM 2.0, a new way of playing a season as general manager of a virtual NBA team.
In a blog post, the franchise team outlined the two new driving philosophies behind MyGM. To focus deeper on the front office and interactions there, the studio says it wants to increase the number o fmeaningful decisions to be made, and to make the system both more fun and more intuitive.
One of the ways this will happen is through Action Points. You get a daily allotment of points to spend and actions to spend them on, so you're always making a choice. Playing a game, chit-chatting with staff or players, trading, and other core actions take up AP. Difficulty also determines AP, so going up to a harder difficulty means fewer choices to make each week.
There's also a brand-new skill tree to flit around, like a sphere grid for basketball. Focusing on leadership, diplomacy, insight, finance, or facilities each offers various benefits to you as a GM. As you grow, you also gain more AP per day and get the ability to bank AP, as well as to reset the skill tree.
Relationships have more weight as well. Keeping up your connections with both your own team and opposing teams will be critical. Even within your organization, you can encounter roadblocks to your bad relationship building. It's social links, but for basketball. Actually, this is starting to feel like the Persona of NBA, what with building social links, developing skill trees, leveling up, and making difficult choices with a finite amount of time in the day. All your GM will need is a cat that tells you to go to sleep.
There are more in-depth features to really dive into in the fairly lengthy blog post, but the overall takeaway is that NBA 2K20's MyGM mode is looking to make itself distinct and more fleshed out, rather than a side mode. If you want to start your scouting before release on September 6, be sure to check out our guide to the top-ranked shooters in the league.