In-app purchases or microtransactions have been a controversial topic in the gaming arena for quite a long time now. However, things are looking for a change where the developers do not want to force the players to spend real money.
The popular NBA 2K series can be a good example here. It is understandably the best and one of the most popular basketball games. In the game in its 2018 avatar, the NBA 2K18 was found that the players were forced to spend real money on the VC or Virtual Currency to avoid a massive grind. Ideally, if you are someone who did not spend real money, you would need an extended 50 hours of grind. That is if you really wanted to have a respectable rating.
This is set to change with the NBA 2K20 series. The NBA 2K20 Game Developers Explain that you will not need to grind anymore for virtual currency anymore.
The level progression in the game is set to be faster with the new series. The NBA 2K20 Visual Concepts Senior Producer Erick Boenisch has claimed that the attempts are on making the game more fun and offers a level playing field. He told USGamer that
For us, it’s really important that our customers feel perceived value in the game. We’ve designed the game such that everything like that is supplemental….We didn’t want people to feel like they were so trapped in this grind anymore. Really, the game is more fun when you’re on more of a level playing field with everyone else
He also added that the game will introduce multiple ways for the players to earn points.
The new series is set to release on Septemeber 6. It will be available on multiple platforms that include PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Xbox One. The Google Stadia version is expected to arrive sometime in November. However, as a precursor to the actual release of the game, developers have released a free to play demo game for the NBA 2K20 series. Labelled MyCareer mode, you can use it to experiment with different game modes and player types.
So, how would you want to progress in the game? The release is just around the corner with less than a week. It would be interesting to have a look at what has actually changed on NBA 2K series. We would be more interested in how the career progression of a player is designed on the platform.