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.