We knew it was coming and it’s a welcome change as 2K announced that all 12 of the WNBA teams and players will make a debut in NBA 2K20.
However, there is no way to run a WNBA franchise yet in the game. The WNBA rosters will be available in Play Now and Season modes as the franchise gives a new experience to gameplay animations, play styles and visuals built exclusively for the WNBA’s style of play.
“Just like my counterparts in the NBA, I grew up playing NBA 2K,” said Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks forward said in a press release. “After getting myself scanned and integrated into NBA 2K20 earlier this summer, I was amazed at how 2K is able to replicate women’s basketball at such a realistic level. You can tell they are taking the time to capture the essence of the WNBA and have created an immersive experience that all fans of basketball will love.”
Many of the top WNBA superstars, including Parker, A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm, were scanned into NBA 2K20 earlier this year using 2K’s motion capture technology to create the most realistic simulation on the market.
“For years, fans have requested the ability to play as some of their favorite WNBA stars,” said Jeff Thomas, SVP of Development, Visual Concepts in a press release. “We’ve been working with the WNBA and their top players to recreate a hyper-realistic version of their league with pinpoint accuracy. We’re excited to roll out this new feature in NBA 2K20 because we know how important the WNBA is to the world of basketball.”
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a release that they are excited to have WNBA players as part of the top-selling video game and help bring more exposure to the elite WNBA players.
All game modes featuring the WNBA will be available to play when NBA 2K20 is released worldwide on September 6, 2019.