NBA 2K21’s The City is only available to male MyPLAYERs

Yesterday, 2K and Visual Concepts announced the introduction of The City for NBA 2K21 on next-gen consoles. The City is a larger-scale version of The Neighborhood mode, fans of the series will be familiar with. The City brings Affiliations back to NBA 2K21 and is an enormous, open-world for players to explore and engage with.

The announcement of The City comes hot on the heels of the announcement of players being able to create a WNBA MyPLAYER in NBA 2K21 on next-gen. WNBA MyPLAYERs have access to a full season, customisation, online play and more. This mode is dubbed The W.

Speaking with Erick Boenisch, Executive Producer at Visual Concepts about The City, I asked if WNBA MyPLAYERs would have access to the sprawling mode.

Turns out, they don’t.

NBA 2K21 The City – WNBA

Because players can take their MyPLAYERs into The City, earn progression, level up and use the features of The City to improve their game, I asked Boenisch whether we’ll see NBA and WNBA players roaming around.

“I’m not sure how much you’ve kept up with our WNBA progress this year,” he said, “In NBA 2K21 for next-gen we have The W which is a career mode, a standalone mode for all of our female players to create a female MyPLAYER.

“We have MyWNBA which is a super robust franchise mode experience and your MyPLAYERs are contained to those realms right there.”

Pressing Boenisch further, I asked if they are separate MyPLAYERs, in order to confirm if the WNBA MyPLAYERs were prevented from entering the city. He told me, “It’s separate. The W has its own online component to it, where you go online and play against other WNBA created MyPLAYERS.”

If you were hoping to bring your WNBA MyPLAYER into The City, you won’t be able to do it in NBA 2K21.

NBA 2K21 will arrive on PS5 and Xbox Series X at launch, November 12 and November 10 respectively.

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Leo Stevenson
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