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X-Play Online Games officially launched NBA2K Online, the online version of the popular basketball video game. NBA2K Online combines the best of that award winning basketball game series with immersive gameplay, great player customization and a dynamic online community.
The Intellectual Property (IP) is owned by 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., and is co-developed by Visual Concepts China and Tencent.
The open beta phase for the game started November 24. According to X-Play Online Games founder and CEO Enrique Gonzalez said that the local online gaming market is saturated with first person shooter and multiplayer online battle arena games.
He added that gamers have been waiting for the next big online game and it’s NBA2K Online.
What’s great about NBA2K Online is it’s free-to-play. All you need to do is download the installer, a broadband Internet connection and a decent gaming PC.
NBA2K Online product manager Bryan Dy said that there are currently three game modes: My Career, 3v3 Streetball, and 1v1 NBA Matchup.
In My Career, players need to train and guide their character up the NBA ranks. The experience includes being drafted by an NBA team, going up against other teams, and playing for awards and championships.
In 1v1 NBA Matchup, players can use real NBA teams. Also available in this mode are legendary NBA Teams, like the 1996 Chicago Bulls, 1991 Los Angeles Lakers and 1986 Boston Celtics.
In 3v3 Streetball mode, players form groups of three and go up against each other in four-minute matches. The games are set in different urban basketball court settings.
NBA2K Online Item Mall was opened during the CBT phase. This will allow players to top-up their accounts during the OBT period. Players can buy top-up cards from partner prepaid card and gaming load retailers and distributors.
The Item Mall will also be stacked with in-game items that players can use to upgrade and gear up their characters. There are also action packs that enable characters to shoot, layup, and dunk like real NBA players. There are also official NBA team jerseys and items available.
According to the X-Play officers present during the launch, the reception was phenomenal.
“We’re already hearing reports from our partner internet cafe owners that there are players who are now making open challenges to fellow gamers inside the shop,” Dy said. “We’re looking forward to a competitive atmosphere when the tournaments begin.”
Dy further said that more competitive in-game and on-ground tournaments are being planned for NBA2K Online
Gonzalez for his part said that NBA2K Online is perfectly suited for the current profile of local gamers. “Players are looking for quick but aggressive PvP (player-versus-player) matches and that is what the game exactly offers.”
Gonzalez also added that the end game for NBA2K Online is to carve a significant market in the competitive local e-sports scene.
For more information about NBA2K Online, visit www.nba2konline.com.ph or click here.