NBA 2K22 gameplay revealed, fan feedback used to “address key changes”

While a leak forced 2K and Visual Concepts’ hands and they released the gameplay footage for NBA 2K22 early, they’ve now released a tonne of new details and information about the latest game in the franchise. Mike Wang, Gameplay Director at Visual Concepts said that the team has worked to “create fun and competitive gameplay that ensures NBA 2K22 delivers one of the most authentic sports gaming experiences out there.”

He also mentioned that NBA 2K22 has been designed with input from the community. “We utilized direct feedback to address some of the key changes they are looking for and deliver a number of new gameplay enhancements that will further elevate the experience in this year’s game,” said Wang.

New gameplay features and “innovations” included in NBA 2K22 include new defence and defensive AI, improved dribbling, post play, shooting and more.

NBA 2K22 Gameplay Details

Here are the full details on what Visual Concepts and 2K have introduced/changed in NBA 2K22;

  • defence & Defensive AI: Completely rebuilt shot contest and blocking systems, a significant update to the fundamental defensive rotations, and much more;
  • Dribbling: Players will experience a unique feel and rhythm when sizing up, significantly faster overall pace and much tighter control in navigating the court, and a ton of other new combos, cancels, and move chains;
  • Post Play: Upgrades highlight loads of new content, including new movement and a new arsenal of back-to-basket moves;
  • Shooting: There’s a new shot meter that will dynamically expand when players take high-quality shots with good shooters but will shrink when heavily contested, shooting with a low-rated shooter, or fatigued. NBA 2K22 puts more emphasis on Shot IQ, meaning the teams that work for open looks and take smart shots are going to see much more success than the teams that force up bad shots;
  • Finishing: Along with a focus on creating more of a skill gap for finishing at the rim, players can also completely customize their dunk repertoire with an all-new Dunk Style Creator;
  • Builds, Badges & Takeover: Adjustments to create more balanced builds, and an increase of the total badge count to 80, offer many ways for players to impact the game.

In its Courtside Report, Visual Concepts has gone into even more detail regarding the changes and improvements in NBA 2K22. Special mention was made of working hard to ensure 2K and Visual Concepts are “delivering the same quality gameplay upgrades on both current and new-gen systems. So no matter which version you choose to go with this year, you’re going to get a brand new experience.”

For full details, check the courtside report and get ready to play NBA 2K22 when it launches on 10 September 2021.

Leo Stevenson
Leo Stevenson
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