NBA 2K20 has added Black Lives Matter t-shirts into the game. The publisher is making the move to honor the memory of George Floyd. 2K’s basketball game joined Red Dead Redemption 2 and Grand Theft Auto in a couple of hours without online play to pay homage to the man during his funeral. All of the shirts with Black Lives Matter written across the front are free for players. This is a marked departure for the franchise in recent years as microtransactions have been all over the title’s marketplaces. The entire collection contains two other shirts that say “I Can’t Breathe” and “Say Their Names.” Also notable is the fact that upon entering the game, the message announcing the shirts were the first thing that players see.
Earlier this morning Rockstar Games announced their intention to honor George Floyd. The statement began, ‘Black Lives Matter. To honor the legacy of George Floyd, today, 6/4/20, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET, we will be shutting down access to our online games, Grand Theft Auto Online and Red Dead Online.”
A following tweet read: “Following the memorial, we hope you will join us in further honoring the many victims of America's racial injustices by supporting their families, black-owned businesses, those marching on the streets, and coalitions through the organizations listed here,” with a link to the Charity Navigator as well.
In honour of George Floyd, NBA 2K20 has suspended all online play during his funeral. pic.twitter.com/CZXiYBsbOY— Kris Pangilinan (@KrisReports) June 4, 2020
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2K continues to redefine what’s possible in sports gaming with NBA 2K20, featuring best in class graphics & gameplay, ground breaking game modes, and unparalleled player control and customization. Plus, with its immersive open-world Neighborhood, NBA 2K20 is a platform for gamers and ballers to come together and create what’s next in basketball culture.
Take your skills to the next level with the most realistic player control ever, featuring an upgraded motion engine with signature styles, advanced shooting controls, a new dribble size-up system, refined off-ball collisions, and a new read & react defensive game. Up-and-coming visionary Sheldon Candis directs the most visually stunning MyCAREER cinematic experience to date. A star-studded cast including Idris Elba, Rosario Dawson, and NBA all-stars past and present bring the journey to life in a completely new and immersive way. For the first time, all 12 WNBA teams and over 140 players are in the game and ready to run in Play Now and Season modes. Complete with gameplay animations, play styles, and visuals built exclusively for the women’s game.0comments
Dynamic, broadcast-quality gameplay presentation featuring the deepest roster of talent in sports videogame history, led by Kevin Harlan, Ernie Johnson, and many more. It’s an audio experience unlike any other, with over 60,000 new lines of dialogue, all-new studio shows and game intros, MyPLAYER interviews, records and milestone coverage, and over 2,000 arena specific crowd reactions and sounds.
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