NBA 2K21 first gameplay trailer features Kobe Bryant

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NBA 2K21 is a month away from release and the first brief glimpse of gameplay footage looks pretty great.

With basketball back in full swing in the Florida bubble, excitement for 2K Sports’ upcoming September release of 2K21 is steadily growing and seems unlikely to diminish after watching the latest trailer.

The 90-second video gives fans their first glimpse of on-court action, providing a few visual clues as to what we can expect from the latest edition of the series, as we take in action from a host of NBA stars. 

Starting with the current gen cover star Damian Lillard, the Portland Trailblazer more than comfortable having the ball in his hands for clutch moments, we’re shown him isolating a defender before unloading a trademark three-point shot against the San Antonio Spurs. 

As the clock winds down and the ball hangs in the air, Stormzy’s song Audacity kicks in over a series of cuts, giving a nod to the coronavirus pandemic that put a halt on basketball back in March. 

From here we’re shown a host of superstars – the expected Rookie of the Year Ja Morant and multiple MVP winner LeBron James – before catching a sight of a young Kobe Bryant dribbling past Jaylen Brown and finishing at the rim. 

With the late Kobe gracing the cover of 2K21 this year, in a special Mamba Forever Edition, it’s unsurprising to see the former Laker featuring in the trailer. 

Beyond that, 2K has confirmed a return for the Neighbourhood, customisable shoes, music, and, of course, career mode. 

In terms of actual gameplay, we’re not shown a huge amount, as many of the clips are taken from the instant replay viewpoint or in-game replays. 

That said, what we do see is a new-look shot meter above Lillard’s head, which suggests we may see tweaks to long-standing features, though these are often reworked year-to-year.

Unless we’re missing something, there doesn’t appear to be shot feedback and the absence of a green release is intriguing but we may be reading too much into that. Otherwise the gameplay looks smooth, which is encouraging given this is current gen footage, with next gen footage still to come. 

The trailer is impressively edited but there isn’t much beyond Lillard’s buzzer beater to really give us many clues as to what else we can expect from 2K21. Kevin Harlan’s commentary will get its usual seasonal update though and is always something to look forward to.

2K presentation is virtually unrivalled and there’s little doubt this will be one of the more impressive aspects of the game, but we’re still left relatively in the dark in terms of gameplay for now. 

Though there is no mention of MyTeam in the trailer but 2K has confirmed that there will be a number of further announcements as the 4 September release date approaches.

NBA 2K21 will be available for £59.99 on current gen platforms, whilst the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version of NBA 2K21 will be available for £64.99 and are scheduled for release around December.

The Mamba Forever Edition will cost £84.99 for both current and next gen consoles.

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