2K Sports has revealed a new downloadable experience for NBA 2K17, The Prelude, which will be available September 9. The Prelude will give gamers the chance to start MyCAREER mode before the game’s September 20 launch.

The Prelude starts players off in college, where they will get to choose from multiple Division I collegiate programs. Players will then watch their draft stock go up and down based on their performance in multiple college games. This journey to the pros will also be accompanied by MyCAREER cutscenes played out by their customized avatar as they interact with coaches, teammates, and others. A player’s in-game performance during their college career will determine where they are drafted when they enter the league in NBA 2K17.

Players are given a plethora of customization options to create their budding superstar, but they can put a personal touch on their athlete with the MyNBA2K17 companion app—available for iOS and Android. Using mobile phone camera scanning technology, players can scan their facial likeness into the game and make their superstar look just like them.

Also included in The Prelude is 2KU, NBA 2K17’s new tutorial. 2KU focuses on fundamental basketball strategies like pick and roll execution, proper defensive positioning, ball movement, boxing out, court awareness, and more. 2KU is narrated by US Olympic basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski.

After September 16, players will be able to purchase and download All-Time Great teams for each of the playable colleges, along with special collegiate MyTeam cards representing legendary players.

Greg Thomas, President of NBA 2K series developer Visual Concepts, had this to say about The Prelude: “The Prelude was designed specifically to introduce new fans to our franchise, and give them an introduction to our legendary MyCAREER mode that puts the user at the center of an epic basketball story. Veterans of NBA 2K will also love getting a head start on their MyCAREER, so when the game launches they can be ready to jump in and compete.”

Alfie Brody, VP of Marketing for NBA 2K, voiced a similar sentiment: “The incredible excitement during the first week of NBA 2K16’s launch showed us there was an opportunity to connect with even more fans before the formal release of NBA 2K17. We think we’ve given our passionate community something special with this year, and can’t wait to see the response from not only existing fans but new ones as well.”

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