2K Sports‘ newest edition to the NBA simulation franchise, NBA 2K13, is already aiming to be the next big game. The box art, recently released on Amazon.com, announces Jay-Z as, oh you know, the executive producer and soundtrack designer. The game will also be Xbox 360 Kinect Ready. Whether this means the game will function via motion capture or voice command or a combination of both has yet to be revealed, but 2K Sports promises the game will be ever better for the inclusion.
Set to release on October 2 in North America, NBA 2K13 will also come with a pre-order bonus package called All-Star (presented deliciously by Sprite.) According to the 2K Sports website, “This add-on content, set in Houston, site of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, includes four events from All-Star weekend: the Rising Stars Challenge game, East v. West NBA All-Star game, the Three Point Contest and an all-new Sprite Slam Dunk Contest featuring pick-up-and-play controls. Who is the better shooter from downtown: Larry Bird or Kevin Durant? Who is the better dunker: Michael Jordan or Blake Griffin? Find out for yourself…”
A special release Dynasty Edition of the game will also be available. This special package includes a full-sized basketball, Skullcandy earbuds featuring the 2K Sports logo, a textured controller skin from Skinit that looks like a basketball and the All-Star DLC. The Dynasty Edition box set will also include the game and will retail for $99.99.
EA Sports was the first to make the foray into the Kinect sphere with Tiger Woods 13 being the flagship. Madden 13 and Fifa 13 have also been announced with Kinect capabilities, and it should be interesting to see the ushering in of, quite possibly, a new era in simulation sports.
While using Kinect to control the entire game may be difficult, integrating special features to take advantage of the Kinect controller can work. Voice recognition will probably be the main way to use Kinect as substitutions can be made easily and players can call out plays or ask for picks on the fly.