Further details have emerged from 2K Games about the return of Crew Mode to NBA 2K14. If you’ve been hanging out for the opportunity to take on opposing teams with your friends, now’s your chance: Community manager Chris Manning has explained that things have changed a lot since the previous version in NBA 2K11, with the focus on balance this time around.
Harking back to some changes made for last year’s NBA 2K13, the game’s still emphasising MyPlayer and MyCareer modes as the best way to prepare for online matches. Pick a three-on-three half-court match or go five-on-five on a full-court, and play first to 21 in a competitive tribute to street-style basketball.
This year, you can claim your Crew’s team name, crew abbreviation and represent your city. Jerseys can be customized in a myriad of ways including colors, home and away jerseys, logos and even different jersey designs.
Manning explains that it’s simple to recruit your friends into your Crew… but if they don’t perform, get the Crew Manager to drop ’em, or disband the Crew entirely.
Once you’re ready, it’s time to take on other Crews: Leaderboards will help show off the top teams in the world, tracking results and all manner of statistics. Everything’s been hyped up to make it all feel as competitive as possible.
Balance was a focus, especially as the new defensive improvements were incorporated in the game this year. With the introduction of more signature skills, better physicality and the new, awe-inspiring blocking targeting system, defense will play a major part in Crews. Furthermore, the team made sure to incorporate FATIGUE, which was tuned specifically for Crews to make it even more realistic. Again, the focus was making a balanced, competitive game mode despite the progression of individual MyPLAYERS.
This is the first time Crew Mode’s made it back into an NBA 2K release – it featured in both 2K10 and 2K11 but has been absent since. You’ll be able to get your hands on it again on October 1, when NBA 2K14 lands on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.