NBA 2K21 Shows Off Its Story Mode and New Neighborhood Feature

NBA 2K21 Shows Off Its Story Mode and New Neighborhood Feature

The Long Shadow stars Michael K. Williams and Djimon Hounsou.

We're now just a week away from NBA 2K21 taking to the court for current-gen consoles and PC. Today, 2K has given us a few new details about the next entry in the basketball sim series.

"The Long Shadow" is the name of this year's single-player story mode for NBA 2K21, according to a recent press release. It tells the story of Junior, "son of a beloved baller who faces the challenges of trying to make it to the NBA, balancing legacy while carving his own path through high school to college."

This Long Shadow story mode will feature 10 fully licensed college programs to choose from, including Michigan State, UConn, Florida, Gonzaga, Syracuse, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, UCLA, Villanova University, and West Virginia. Additionally, the story mode will feature performances from The Wire's Michael K. Williams and Guardians of the Galaxy's Djimon Hounsou, as well as Damian Lillard, Zion Williamson, and other pro players.

The press release also touts the addition of a feature called "2K Beach," a new location for the Neighborhood in current-gen versions of NBA 2K21. It sounds like 2K is going to be using the 2K Beach for live events, although there's no details right now on what these events will be.

NBA 2K21 releases for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on September 4, and stars Damian Lillard on the cover. Zion Williamson will grace the next-gen versions of the game for PS5 and Xbox One, both of which will launch at an unspecified point later this year. As 2K revealed in July, the next-gen versions of NBA 2K21 will retail for the slightly increased price point of $69.99, which reflects the "quality of the experience," according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick.

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