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NBA 2K24

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Sports
Publisher: 2K Sports
Developer: Visual Concepts
Release Date: Sept. 8, 2023

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'NBA 2K24' Reveals Details About The All-new Badge System - Screens

by Rainier on Aug. 25, 2023 @ 7:01 a.m. PDT

NBA 2K24 is the next installment of the premier NBA video game basketball simulation series.

In a series of firsts for the franchise, NBA 2K24 will deliver crossplay*, a new Mamba Moments game mode, and a groundbreaking leap in technology.

Celebrate 25 years of the award-winning NBA 2K series with a new, exclusive anniversary edition packed with content and rewards, including a 12-month subscription to NBA League Pass and a limited-time Summer League Pre-Order Bonus.

To celebrate the return of Kobe on the NBA 2K cover, players will be able to channel their inner-Mamba mentality in the brand-new Mamba Moments mode. Recreate some of Kobe’s most captivating performances and progress through his transcendent journey from a young phenom to one of the greatest players of all time. In addition, NBA 2K24 will introduce ProPLAY - a groundbreaking new technology that directly translates NBA footage into NBA 2K24 gameplay. ProPLAY delivers animations and movements via on-court NBA action for a generational leap in authenticity on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. More details on Mamba Moments and ProPLAY will be released later this summer. NBA 2K24 will offer three editions of the game in various digital and physical formats: a Kobe Bryant Edition, a legendary Black Mamba Edition, and an all new, exclusive 25th Anniversary Edition, which includes a 12-month subscription to NBA League Pass**.


2K announced the all-new badge system coming to NBA 2K24, allowing players to focus on their strengths and experiment with different builds to find success with their MyPLAYER.

NBA 2K24 is bringing new elements to the badge system for New Gen that helps players perfect their craft and dominate the positions they love to play. Whether that be a high scoring skilled slasher, a physical ball handler, a playmaker through passing or becoming the best defender in the league, there is something new for everyone to help take their game to new heights.

More details on the all-new badge system coming in NBA 2K24 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S outlined below:

  • More Balanced Badges. NBA 2K24 brings 24 new skill badges to the court, raising the total to 77 badges overall, across MyTEAM and MyCAREER, boasting enhanced flexibility and balance to the game. This year includes new badges for Scoring, Ball-Handling/Passing and Defense to help players build on their strengths and create a MyPLAYER all their own.
  • New MyPLAYER Builder Experience. The MyPLAYER builder experience has received some major upgrades. NBA 2K24 will introduce customizable NBA Player Templates along with a new attribute builder page, additional badge tier rankings, archetype improvements that help to prevent meta builds, and more.
  • Badge Level Progression. An all-new badge progression system that helps bring a more authentic feeling to a player's MyPLAYER build. Players will no longer have to pick and choose which badges to equip to their MyPLAYER, and they’re no longer stuck within the badge points and attribute categories they were once limited to. Badges are earned by badge usage, meaning the more a player uses a badge in-game, the more they’ll progress toward to the next level in which they qualify.

Define how you play in NBA 2K24 with the new badge system and experiment with different builds to find success with your MyPLAYER.

The latest installment in the NBA 2K franchise, NBA 2K24, is committed to focusing on and following your journey as an NBA player in MyCAREER. As you begin your path to the Hall of Fame, you’ll start by creating your ideal build from scratch or using a template in the Player Builder, and you may notice a few changes. From badge progression to how you’ll create your MyPLAYER, several aspects of the game received some TLC.

All of the added features and enhancements below are only available on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S on New Gen consoles.

BADGES

Define how you play in NBA 2K24 with the new badge system that encourages you to build on your strengths. We altered a few areas of the badge system and made improvements to existing badges, with new additions brought in to enhance flexibility, or removals made to bring more balance to the game; no stone was left unturned. Twenty-four new badges were added to NBA 2K24 on New Gen consoles, and with some removals, it brings us to a total of 77 skill badges across MyTEAM and MyCAREER—we’re eager to see how you utilize them. Learn more about the added scoring, ball-handling and passing, and defensive badges below.

SCORING

Skilled slashers, finesse post scorers, knock-down shooters, and physical ball handlers all see new ways to show off their craft.

  • Float Game – A player’s ability to make floaters and runners while attacking the basket is improved with Float Game.
  • Scooper – Quick scoop layup shot chances are improved with the new Scooper badge.
  • Bunny – Hop step layups and dunks receive an increased shot chance with Bunny.
  • Spin Cycle – Drives finished with a spin layup or dunk will receive an increased shot chance ability thanks to Spin Cycle.
  • Two Step – Cradle and Euro step layups and dunks receive a shot boost with Two Step.
  • Precision Dunker – Those who utilize the skill dunk mechanic will receive an improved chance of flushing their dunk attempt with Precision Dunker.
  • Hook Specialist – No love lost for post-play aficionados. Brought back from the dead, Hook Specialist increases a player’s ability to make hook shots out of the post.
  • Post-Fade Phenom – Similar to Hook Specialist, Post-Fade Phenom will allow a player to make post-fades and hop shots out of the post at a higher clip.
  • Open Looks – As a way to encourage sudden opportunities, Open Looks will enhance a player’s ability to make wide-open jumpers.
  • Spot Finder – By utilizing the “Get Open” mechanic (R2 or Right Trigger Tap), Spot Finder allows players to receive a speed boost off-the-ball to get to an open space, with a raised chance of knocking down the shot off the ensuing catch.
  • Whistle – Creating contact and getting to the free throw line when attacking the rim or shooting a jump shot is improved with the new Whistle badge.
  • Free Points – In clutch moments, knocking down free throws with the game on the line is improved with Free Points.
  • Bulldozer – A mix of a scoring and a ball-handling badge, think of this as Bully version 2.0 with elements of the old Clamp Breaker. Bulldozer improves the player’s ability to push through physical body-ups and finish with physicality around the rim.
BALL-HANDLING/PASSING

Playmakers will find themselves with a surplus of new badge options.

  • Relay Passer – A hockey assist badge, Relay Passer provides a boost to shooters in a pass-to-assist situation.
  • Touch Passer – Players who quickly move the ball upon receiving it will get faster pass animations with Touch Passer.
  • Big Driver – Face-up bigs driving to the basket from within the mid-range area will receive an initial launch boost with Big Driver.
  • Blow-By – Quicker ball-handlers receive boosts in body-up interactions with defenders when Blow-By is equipped.
  • Physical Handles – During physical body-up interactions, players with Physical Handles have a higher chance of winning the outcome following a dribble move.
  • Speed Booster – A perimeter-only quick first step badge, Speed Booster will allow for quicker launches when coming from a stand-still dribble situation.
  • Triple Strike – Players excel with triple threat launches and jukes at a higher rate with Triple Strike.
DEFENSE

Championships are built on defense, and defenders in NBA 2K24 will not be left behind.

  • Fast Feet – It wouldn’t be a fair game if only offensive players received speed boosts. Fast Feet can be looked at as a “quick first step” badge for defenders, allowing defensive specialists to stay in front of shifty ball-handlers.
  • Right Stick Ripper – Those who utilize the right-stick steal mechanic will receive a boost on steal attempts with Right Stick Ripper.
  • Immovable Enforcer – A direct counter to Bulldozer, Immovable Enforcer allows defenders to win physical matchups when it comes to body-ups and contact layups.
  • 94 Feet – Players with 94 Feet receive fewer body-up stamina hits and improved body-up wins when pressing full court. Don’t worry, those who do not have this badge will regret pressing full court.

BADGES REMOVED: Limitless Takeoff, Bully, Clamp Breaker, Menace, Mismatch Expert, Quick First Step, Vice Grip, Amped, Clutch Shooter, Floor General, Volume Shooter.

MyCAREER BUILDER AND BADGE PROGRESSION BUILDER

If you’re like most NBA 2K gamers, one of the first things you’re looking to do when you pick up the game is to head straight to the MyCAREER builder to set up your first MyPLAYER. Many changes and improvements have been made to ensure this is the best builder we’ve ever created.

At the start, you can choose between creating your own custom MyPLAYER or, new to NBA 2K24, starting with an NBA player template. A variety of player types are among the handful of NBA players chosen for the templates feature. The player templates are customizable, but if you wish to do so you can accept the player exactly as they are and start your career.

If you’re going the custom route or you’re customizing a template, you’ll immediately notice some changes to the attribute builder page. Takeovers are no longer a part of the MyPLAYER builder process and are now available to you during real-time moments in-game; you can read more about this in our Gameplay Courtside Report. In addition, badges have been split into four tiers: S-, A-, B-, and C-Tier, with S-Tier badges being regarded as the best of the lot. Sticking to the course from NBA 2K23, a player’s height determines Tier assignments, and each badge has a unique set of attribute requirements for unlocking the use of the badge.

In terms of archetype improvements, more emphasis was placed on preventing meta builds. Attribute caps for various size combinations saw a positive overhaul, and max heights/weights were updated per position. Also, a focus was put on the archetype naming system to ensure that the names are as descriptive of the player as possible. 

BADGE LEVEL PROGRESSION

Once you’ve created your player and started your career, the badge-collecting journey begins. We're happy to bring you an all-new badge progression system that is all about proving who you are on the court game in and game out.

In games, badge levels are determined by badge usage, meaning how often they’re firing off in the game. Over time, from game to game, your usage and skills with the badge are being evaluated, and your badge level will start to trend towards the level that matches your play. Badges with high usage and success will trend towards the higher levels within your potential, while badges with lower usage and success will trend towards the lower levels. There is a floor, however, as your badge will never drop below Bronze. Like riding a bike, if a badge drops below a level you once had, regaining that level takes less time than it did the first time around. Certain badges are also protected from games in which they cannot fire, such as the Relay Passer Badge in a 2v2 game.

The badge tiering system comes into play with this system in different ways than before. C-Tier badges, generally considered the least powerful badges in your arsenal, will be easier to gain and keep. Each tier you go up makes it progressively harder to gain and quicker to lose.

The beauty of this system is that you are who you are playing as. You’ve proven which skills you excel at, or which areas you like to gravitate towards. In the end, role players who have singular focuses will likely have fewer badges but at higher levels than well-rounded players who like to dabble with a little bit of everything.   

They say practice makes perfect, right? Badge level progression can also be worked on in Team Practice Facility, the Gatorade Training Facility, and at Chris Brickley’s Gym. In each of these modes, you will only ever improve your badge progress (in other words, you will never drop).

There are a multitude of various prizes and features to accelerate your badge-level progression:

  • Badge Perks are prizes that provide various benefits to the progression of individual badges. The Badge Perks page consists of “slots” that the user can fill in when unlocked. There are four slots per perk, with each slot representing a different badge tier. A badge can only have one badge perk applied at a time. Here are the badge perks:
    • Overdrive – Increases badge level progression in games.
    • Immunity – Slows down badge level regression in games.
    • Drill Savant – Increases badge level progression in Team Practice Facility.
    • Scholar – A risk/reward perk that gives a significant increase in badge level progression for PvP games finished with a high Teammate Grade. However, it comes with risk: you will receive no progression for the badge if you do not finish with a high Teammate Grade. This is a rotational season prize.
    • Winner’s Circle – A risk/reward perk that gives an added boost in badge level progression for PvP games that result in a win for the user. However, you will receive zero progression for the badge if you lose the game. This is a rotational season prize.
    • High-Risk – A risk/reward perk increases your badge level progression for PvP games with badge usage but accelerated regression with lack of usage. This is a rotational season prize.
  • Performance Multipliers are prizes that, unlike Badge Perks, provide benefits to all of your equipped badges at once, so long as challenges from the multipliers are met in their respective modes. Each of the three Performance Multipliers has four versions—: NBA, City, The REC, and Pro-Am—for a total of 12 multipliers.
    • Grade A Student – In games finished with a high Teammate Grade, badge level progression is accelerated for all equipped badges.
    • Winner Takes All – In games finished with a win, badge level progression is accelerated for all equipped badges.
    • Up for the Challenge – In games played against tough opponents, badge level progression is accelerated for all equipped badges.
  • Floor setters are powerful prizes that are earned via Season XP, and they’re included with the free Base Pass each Season. There are 18 Floor Setter slots in total, nine for Silver and nine for Gold. Adding a Floor Setter to a badge will prevent the badge from ever dropping below the listed badge level. If your badge has not progressed to the level of the Floor Setter you want to apply to it, it will auto-progress to that level (of course, you need to have fulfilled the attribute requirements for the level). They are permanent and cannot be changed. If your player can progress beyond the listed Floor Setter badge level, they will not be prevented from doing so.

NBA 2K24 is dedicated to delivering the most authentic basketball experience available, but we also want to promote originality and all the creative ways in which the community plays. The enhanced MyPLAYER builder and new badge system are designed to eliminate meta badge builds and make way for unique styles of gameplay. There’s more than one way to become a dominant player, and it’s up to you to determine how you’ll thrive on the court.

All editions of NBA 2K24 are available for preorder*** now:

  • The brand new, limited availability 25th Anniversary Edition will be available through September 10, 2023 for $149.99*** on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. The exclusive 25th Anniversary Edition includes a 12-month subscription to NBA League Pass** courtesy of Take Two; a Summer League Pre-Order Bonus (available from July 7 - July 17, 2023)*****; 100K Virtual Currency and MyTEAM content******, including 50K MyTEAM Points; a Ruby Cover Star Kobe Bryant “Rookie Card”; an all-new 2K24 Option Pack Box; One 10-pack Box MyTEAM Promo Packs; a Kobe Bryant Cover Star Sapphire Card (24 era); 1 Diamond Shoe; 1 Ruby Coach; and a new 2-hour Double XP Coin; as well as MyCAREER content, including 15x 6 types of MyCAREER Skill Boosts; 15x 3 types of Gatorade Boosts; a 2-hour Double XP Coin; 4x MyCAREER T-Shirts; Backpack; Electric Skateboard; and Arm Sleeves a new Black Mamba MyPLAYER Capsule featuring a Black Arm Sleeve, Purple Oversized T-Shirt, a Yellow T-shirt and a Kobe Player Panel.
  • The Black Mamba Edition will be available for $99.99**** on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC; along with 100K Virtual Currency and MyTEAM content*****, including 15K MyTEAM Points; an all-new 2K24 Option Pack Box; One 10-pack Box MyTEAM Promo Packs; a Kobe Bryant Cover Star Sapphire Card (24 era); 1 Diamond Shoe; 1 Ruby Coach; and a new 2-hour Double XP Coin; as well as MyCAREER content, including 10x 6 types of MyCAREER Skill Boosts; 10x 3 types of Gatorade Boosts; a 2-hour Double XP Coin; 4x MyCAREER T-Shirts; Backpack; Electric Skateboard; and Arm Sleeves;
  • The Kobe Bryant Edition will be available for $59.99**** on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC and $69.99**** on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S.
  • Dual-gen access is included for the Black Mamba Edition and 25th Anniversary Edition for the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One platforms and provides a version of the game on each console generation within the same console family.

Players in the U.S. and Canada can also purchase a limited version of the WNBA Edition as a GameStop exclusive, featuring WNBA All-Star, NCAA all-time triple-doubles leader and New York Liberty guard, Sabrina Ionescu, as this year’s cover star.

Lastly, for returning fans of NBA 2K23, players can now complete a MyTEAM Triple Threat Challenge game against three different eras of Kobe, to earn special rewards in NBA 2K23 and NBA 2K24, available starting Friday, July 7 to Tuesday, August 28 at 11:59 p.m. PDT / Wednesday, August 29 at 2:59 a.m. EDT / 07:59 a.m. BST / 08:59 a.m. CEST.

NBA 2K24 is coming to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC ($599.9) as well as PS5 and Xbox Series X|S ($69.99) on September 8, 2023.

*Crossplay only available on New Gen NBA 2K24. NBA 2K Account, internet connection and separate, paid online console subscription required.

** Offer only available with purchases of the NBA 2K24 25th Anniversary Edition (Digital). 25th Anniversary Edition (Digital) only available through September 10, 2023. See https://nba.2k.com/2k24/faq/ for availability details. NBA League Pass code will be delivered to the email address associated with the NBA 2K Account with which the 25th Anniversary Edition Bonus Content was redeemed within 3 days of redemption (but no earlier than October 6, 2023). If you return your purchase or do not redeem your Bonus Content before December 1, 2023, you will not receive your NBA League Pass code. Code for NBA League Pass must be redeemed by December 31, 2023. Any codes for NBA League Pass not redeemed by such date will be void. Limit one (1) NBA League Pass code per person or account. Each code can only be used once and subsequent attempts to re-submit or re-use the same code will be void. If a person enters the same code into multiple accounts or attempts to establish multiple accounts, the code and/or account may be void. Code has no cash value. To the extent permitted by law, in-game items are provided "as is” with no warranty or guarantee. Codes cannot be substituted, transferred, sold, bartered or auctioned. If any code or redemption thereof is counterfeited, or if any part of a code is illegible, mutilated or tampered with in any way or obtained through illegitimate means, or if a code contains or reflects printing, typographical, mechanical or other errors, the code and/or redemption thereof, as applicable, will be rejected and will be deemed void and invalid. Liability for an irregular code is limited to providing another code, subject to verification of original code irregularity. NBA League Pass valid for 12 months from redemption and auto-renews monthly unless canceled prior to the renewal date at the then-current published MSRP for NBA League Pass in your territory. You will be notified in advance of auto-renew and will be able to opt-out before auto-renewal without being charged. Full auto-renewal details, including how to cancel: https://support.watch.nba.com/hc/en-us/articles/360055657714-Auto- Renewal-Policy. Credit Card, NBA 2K Account and NBA Account required. NBA League Pass is provided by NBA Properties, Inc. NBA Properties Inc. is solely responsible and liable for the NBA League Pass service and you must accept the NBA League Pass Subscriber Agreement here for U.S.: https://www.nba.com/subscriberagreement and here for outside of the U.S.: https://www.nba.com/leaguepass- termsofuse-outside-us. Offer not available in Japan, China or Belgium. NBA League Pass not available in Belarus, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Libya, Kosovo, North Korea, Russia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, or Syria. See nba.2k.com/2k24/league-pass for full terms, availability, redemption and cancellation instructions.

*** Pre-Order bonus content is only available with pre-order of NBA 2K24 through Sept 7, 2023. Terms apply. For full product assortment and offer details, please visit https://nba.2K.com. Pre-order availability for the Nintendo Switch version may vary.

**** Based on 2K’s suggested retail price. Actual retail price may vary. See local retailers for more info.

***** Summer League Limited-Time Pre-Order Bonus Offer only available for purchases of the 25th Anniversary Edition (Digital) through July 17, 2023. MyTEAM bonus content granted once per NBA 2K Account and available to use across both console generations. Content will be automatically entitled in game at launch. Terms apply.

****** Virtual Currency and MyTEAM bonus content granted once per NBA 2K Account and available to use across both console generations.

****** For digital orders, bonus content will be automatically entitled in game. For physical orders, bonus content will be redeemed in-game via code in box.


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