2K Sports and developer Visual Concepts are throwing their hats into the virtual reality market. NBA 2KVR Experience is a first person virtual reality basketball simulator that lets players control the game using the same kinetic motions they would employ on a basketball court.
NBA 2KVR Experience has a plethora of arcade style game modes, such as 3 point contest, time attack, skills challenge, and buzzer beater.
While it looks like there is a lot of variety when it comes to game modes, these challenges are still rather bare bones. NBA 2KVR Experience is a far cry from playing 5 on 5 basketball using VR mechanics. That said, VR technology is still in its infancy, and we could see something resembling a full VR version of 2K gameplay in the not so distant future.
In the meantime, players can purchase NBA 2KVR experience for $14.99. The game will be available for PlayStation VR, HTC VIVE, and Samsung Gear VR. It looks as though an Oculus Rift version is coming soon.
Here is the full press release:
2K today announced NBA® 2KVR Experience, the first virtual reality basketball game immersing players in a new, entertaining NBA environment filled with the sights and sounds of fun mini-games and challenges. Available beginning on November 22 on PlayStation®VR, HTC Vive™, and Samsung Gear VR, the new experience continues the dominance of the NBA 2K series.
“Our team consistently looks for new ways to deliver unique, fun experiences for the gamer,” said Greg Thomas, President of Visual Concepts. “NBA 2KVR will give fans even more access to our franchise and test new skills across entertaining VR challenges.”
In the NBA 2KVR Experience, players will join NBA 2K17 cover athlete and All-Star Paul George, as they step onto the court at the Indiana Pacers’ stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Paul George will also provide commentary and guide the player by offering tips to help improve their skills in mini-games, which include three-point shootout, a speed and accuracy skills challenge and the buzzer beater countdown. Players can earn a variety of Gatorade fuel boosts that will aide their shooting acumen, speed, recovery and more to help reach the top of the leaderboards.
“As a lifelong fan of NBA 2K, it’s exciting to see them take the leap into VR, and even more exciting that it’ll be on my home court,” said Paul George, cover star of NBA 2K17. “I can’t wait for fans to dominate on the virtual court with virtual help from Gatorade.”
NBA 2KVR Experience is rated E-10+* by the ESRB, and launches November 22, 2016 for $14.99 on the HTC Vive™ and PlayStation®VR, Samsung Gear VR, and will be available for Oculus Rift worldwide.
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