This year’s entry in the NBA 2K series will feature a career mode written by none other than Spike Lee, director of films like Do the Right Thing and Malcom X.
This isn’t as big a surprise as it might initially sound – from either end. Lee has made basketball a part of his work for years, and the MyCareer mode in NBA 2K has been somewhat of a role playing game for a while now.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Lee said that the producers of the 2K series approached him. The story, he says, centers on a basketball player named Fancy Vibrations, and that it is about “the trials and tribuations of life on a big stage with the money, fame, temptations, family members, the press, fans, all that stuff.”
Much of the work is done on the game already, as it’s set for a fall release, and Lee was able to comment on the experience of working in a motion capture studio for the first time.
“I didn’t really realize how quick it was going to be,” he said. “We didn’t have to do costumes, makeup or hair. We didn’t have to move props around. We didn’t have to move from location to location.”
While many of Lee’s previous films have been rated R by the MPAA, NBA 2K16 will stick firmly to the E rating requirement set forth by the NBA and 2K Games. Visual Concepts vice president Jeff Thomas says that he doesn’t feel that hindered Lee’s vision for the title though. “He didn’t take his foot off the gas because of that. He still brought the drama.”
NBA 2K16 is set to release September 29 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, or, if you pre-order, you can get the game as early as September 25.