NBA 2K19 Prelude Release Date News: Demo launch time, Player Ratings, Pre Order Bonuses
NBA 2K Games Prelude Demo for NBA 2K19 is coming later this week, on 31st August, 2018.
That’s just 3 days until you can download the FREE demo and get an early taste of the game ahead of the full release date on September 11, 2018.
At the time of writing there is no official launch time for this years Prelude demo, but to give you some idea of when it might arrive it’s worth noting that the NBA 2K18 Prelude release was set for12:01AM EST globally, which for anyone in the UK was around5am BST.
As with past years, the Prelude Demo is only available for those on PS4 and Xbox One, despite the full game also releasing on Nintendo Switch and PC.
Last year when we asked the game’s producer, Rob Jones, why PC doesn’t receive the Prelude demo as well we were told it’s because “Generally, we optimise to PC.
PRELUDE NEW FEATURES:
Developers Visual Concepts have kept details about The Prelude pretty close to their chests, but we would assume it will launch with Quick Game, Playoff, and PVP game modes just like the Prelude for NBA 2K18.
In addition, players will likely have a bigger better Neighbourhood, the new social space created for NBA 2K18. Lastly, we would imagine that players will also be able to get a head start on the NBA 2K19 MyCAREER mode.
In past years players could start early and transfer their progress over when the full game launches. Although it’s important to note you can’t play on PS4 and Xbox One and transfer your progress over to Nintendo Switch or PC.
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NBA 2K19 - Overview
Developer: Visual ConceptsPublisher: 2K SportsPlatform: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo SwitchGenre: Sports Sim
NBA 2K19 – What we know so far
The game is the latest in the long line of 2K Sports basketball games. Before 2K had the chance to unveil the game standees leaked in shops and showed that the GOAT, King of the Court, The L-Train, The Akron Hammer – LeBron James – would be the new cover star (well, one of many)!
“It’s humbling to be on the 20th anniversary cover of a game I’ve played and loved since I was a little kid,” said James.
“We were able to do something really unique for the cover that represents everything that drives me and inspires me – from my family to where I come from and words I live by. I’m honoured my journey can be part of this special time in 2K history and I’m excited for fans to see it.”
For anyone keeping count, the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition marks the second cover appearance for the 14-time NBA All-Star.
And in a change to the usual formula, the cover has been made to include words personally chosen by LeBron which convey special meaning to Akron’s favourite son, including “Strive for Greatness,” “Driven,” and “Equality.”
TheNBA 2K19 Standard Editionwill be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 system and Windows PC platforms in both digital and physical formats and digitally for Nintendo Switch on September 11, 2018
The cover star for the Standard Edition was announced late June with Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo as the cover athlete.
Finally, Players looking to get a head start onNBA 2K19’s MyCAREER can download the all-new NBA 2K19: The Prelude later this Summer, beginning on August 31, 2018.
Not much is known about the gameplay improvements since last year’s NBA 2K18 release, however, we can take a look at the game in action thanks to the ‘Take the Crown’ trailer released earlier this month.
We also get a better look at the games duel cover stars LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks).
There’s also numerous other players from across the league including 2018 MVP winner James Harden, Kevin Durant & Stephen Curry (both of Golden State Warriors) as well as Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard.
Take a look for yourself in the trailer below:
NBA 2K19 - Player Ratings
Below is a rundown of all the NBA 2K19 Player Ratings revealed so far, ranked by their rating:
- 98 OVR – LeBron James – LA Lakers
- 94 OVR - Kawhi Leonard – Toronto Raptors
- 89 OVR – DemarDerozan – San Antonio Spurs
- 87 OVR - Jayson Tatum – Boston Celtics
- 87 OVR - Donovan Mitchell – Utah Jazz
NBA 2K18 vs 2K19
Whilst it’s slightly difficult attempting to compare one game screenshot with another, given both will have been taken from different angles and highlighting certain attributes, we can see some slight differences between each year.
The first screenshot this year, naturally, is of the cover star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Forbes sports gaming fan Brian Mazique has carefully analysed to see where the game may have looked to improve the players model. Here’s what Mazique said:
“The first thing that jumps out is the muscle definition. Clearly, 2K wanted fans to see the improvements to the player model in that regard.
“Antetokounmpo is a lean athlete, but he is not completely devoid of muscle.The slender model from 2K18 probably wasn’t the most accurate representation of The Greek Freak’s physique.
“Sweat, hair and overall clarity to the face appears to be improved as well.”
Take a closer look at the two character models, just below.
For NBA 2K19 players can look forward to listening to Grammy-nominated rapper Travis Scott’s curated soundtrack.
The soundtrack, features artists like Black Veil Brides, Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B, Fall Out Boy, Lil Uzi Vert, Marshmello, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Three Days Grace, and Migos to name just a few of the headline artists.
Understandably Travis Scott’s own song ‘Antidote’ headlines the album.
“It’s an honor,” Travis explained in the announcement video alongside LeBron James. “I always like the chance to curate music to fit a lifestyle and 2K is definitely a lifestyle.”
The full soundtrack is also available to listen to right now on Spotify. Follow the link to give it a listen:
— NBA 2K19 (@NBA2K) August 15, 2018
NBA 2K Games are changing up the Broadcast team ever so slightly this year with basketball guru Bill Simmons joining NBA legends Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett in the broadcast booth.
To help give you a feel for the changes they’ve also released a Broadcast trailer featuring a behind the scenes look at the broadcast recording sessions as the team recorded all new content for the game.
Check out the trailer below for an early listen to some of the sounds of NBA 2K19.
NBA 2K19 – Australian Cover
For the first time in the history of 2K Sports NBA series, there will be an exclusive Australia-specific cover athlete.
2K Sports has today announced that they will release a double-sided inlay that shows the previously revealed cover star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, on one side, whilst on the other will be Philadelphia Sixers forward Ben Simmons, who was born in Melbourne.
This special NBA 2K19 cover will be available to those who buy the game in Australia, as well as New Zealand.
Speaking about the announcement, Simmons said it is a “huge honour” to be selected as the first-ever Australian cover star for the NBA 2K series.
“The Aussie fans are super passionate about basketball and specifically NBA 2K, so it’s very cool to be an ambassador for both,” Simmons added.
Those looking to own exclusive Lebron James themed content and items for the game should pick up the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition which also gives players access to the game four days early, beginning on September 7.
“This year marks the 30th anniversary for the development team at Visual Concepts and the 20th for the NBA 2K series, so it was important to commemorate this milestone by partnering with the most iconic athlete of this generation in LeBron James,” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K.
“LeBron’s carefully crafted wording on the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition cover encapsulates the passion and drive that have elevated him to all-time greatness making him the perfect cover star.”
Keep reading for further details of whats included in the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition.
NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition – What’s included?
The following digital items:
- 100,000 Virtual Currency
- 50,000 MyTEAM points;
- 20 MyTEAM League Packs (delivered one a week)
- Sapphire LeBron James MyTEAM Card;
- 10 MyTEAM Heat Check Packs (delivered one a week beginning at the start of the NBA season)
- 5 LeBron-themed murals for MyCOURT;
- LeBron MyCOURT design;
- King’s Collection – Nike LeBron apparel & footwear (25 pairs!)
Physical Items include:
- LeBron NBA 2K19 poster;
- NBA 2K sticker sheet;
- Custom Wristband featuring LeBron’s chosen words.
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