NBA 2K23 gameplay is going to be receiving some changes, according to NBA 2K23’s designers. According to an interview, the game will feature more dynamic dunking with the new right stick commands. The game is also going to feature a new “Adrenaline Boost” feature, which will help players defeat defenders off the dribble. NBA 2K23 is also going to be featuring a returning feature, which is the return of a one-button pressing command which will make your AI teammates open and attack the rim.
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In a media presentation on Tuesday, gameplay director Mike Wang stated the following:
Last year was very perimeter-oriented. It felt like, if you got an open look, anybody can hit that shot. There’s a lot more skill that goes into shooting this year. As for the slashers, who maybe felt a little left out with the scoring last year, I think they’re going to feel more empowered.
We’re a while away from NBA 2K23 release date but just this morning, a full item-by-item account of all the NBA 2K23 gameplay changes were published on the NBA 2K23 official blog. Below are some of the features listed:
- There are new options for the shot meter for those who use that shooting method (most do). There is also new visual feedback for players’ shot attempts. Wang said these were consistently requested by the community.
- The Lead to Basket pass returns for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions of the game, functioning the same as it does in PS4 and Xbox One versions. Players can press and hold Triangle/Y to send a targeted receiver on a cut to the basket, and release it to make the pass.
- There’s also a new Spot Up passing mechanism, which is somewhat the inverse of Lead to Basket in that it instructs an AI teammate to get open on the perimeter.
- Adrenaline Boosts, which every player has available, three per possession, will give players an edge in sprinting past their defenders, more so than the right trigger turbo. On the flip side, players who expend all of their Adrenaline Boosts will see their speed and acceleration decrease sharply for the remainder of that possession.
- On defense, shot blocking has been toned down considerably, “to a more realistic level,” 2K Sports said, “leading to more predictable outcomes, with the right players making appropriate stops when timing their block attempts well.”
- A new “Semi-Pro” difficulty level, coming between Rookie and Pro, will smooth out a difficulty spike for some beginning players, improve accessibility, and their learning process.