Who’s ready for some hoops? The reigning hardwood extravaganza, NBA 2K is coming back for another go round this Fall.
2K Sports has announced that NBA 2K13 will be officially released on October 2, 2012 (with an October 5 international release date). That falls in line with past release dates and allows you to get in the B-ball spirit before the real NBA season starts in late October/early November.
But there will be a special bonus for those that get their preorders in: they’ll have access to an NBA All-Star Game DLC pack (set in Houston) that 2K Sports promises will add some ‘depth and value’ to the game. This mode will allow gamers to pit current NBA players against classic ones in both the 3-Point contest and the Slam Dunk Contest. This actually sounds pretty cool; can you imagine a dunk contest with the likes of Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Vince Carter, Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard and Spud Webb competing? Sounds dunk-tastic to me.
The new title is also bound to have the Brooklyn Nets, who moved across the Hudson River from New Jersey this Spring. However, the BK Nets will likely still be no good unless they make some serious offseason moves.
As a sidebar, it’ll be interesting to see what the EA Sports camp comes up with this year. NBA Elite 11 was famously cancelled two years ago due to concerns the game wasn’t ready for the primetime and they failed to come out with a title for the 2012 year. EA Sports has since renamed the franchise back to NBA Live and they’re scheduled to release NBA Live ’13 this year.