In reality, the 2019-20 NBA season won't even be carried out. Because of all these things, anyone expecting as large of an effort as we generally see from an annual 2K release is very likely to be disappointed. All logic points into 2K saving all or almost all of its ammunition around the next-gen models. That said, what exactly does an acceptable current-gen release seem like for 2K? I've got a few ideas.
As we have seen in the gameplay trailer that published last month, the graphics will be almost identical, if not identical to NBA 2K20. While this could be an issue for some, I am fine with this piece of stagnation. It is not likely to get far better on PS4 and XB1 than that which we see here. Secondly, it would be foolish to think 2K would wish to invest in improving the item visually when they stand to benefit from delivering a next-gen version that'll be hyped up mainly due to how amazing it seems. 2K and every other producer of yearly sports video games may want the difference between current and next-gen to be very evident from a visual standpoint. As a consumer, I'm fine with that approach.
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