NBA 2K21 is just one in a long list of titles that will be released for both the current generation of consoles and the next. This would obviously leave fans wondering where the game stands on cross-play between different platforms and generations. Well, 2K Sports gave a definitive answer.
The studio confirmed that “cross-gen” gameplay — people on PS5 playing against those on PS4 or Xbox Series X to Xbox One — is “definitely a no.”
“Cross-gen is definitely a no, because the next-gen experience is a new game built from the ground up,” the studio said. “You couldn’t have Halo 4 play Halo 5 online. That just wouldn’t make any sense. We’re in that same boat here.”
That certainly seems to make sense, but what about cross-play? 2K was also very clear that this feature will not be supported. No real reason was given as to why they won’t support it, just that they simply won’t. “As far as cross-platform play, we are not supporting that in NBA 2K21.”
However, even though there will be no cross-anything in NBA 2K21, everything from the MyTeam mode will carry forward to the next-gen (if you decide to upgrade within whatever console family you bought the game). This does include gameplay progress and virtual currency. MyCareer mode is a different story, as it will not be carried over to the next-generation, as it is a “different beast” on PS5 and Xbox Series X. The company stated “there’s a really good reason why that’s not going to carry over.”
NBA 2K21 launches on September 4th for Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Of course, the next-gen versions will arrive when the consoles do and the game will cost an extra $10 is you buy them for those systems.