Yesterday, NBA 2K21 released on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch, and tomorrow it will get its first update. From the moment of release, one narrative about the game quickly took over: the new shot meter, which made shooting much more challenging compared to previous entries. Even the game's cover star Damian Lillard was tweeting about the issue. While some fans appreciate the difficulty spike, many took to social media and forums to trash the new shot meter and how difficult it made shooting.
At the time, Visual Concepts confirmed it was aiming to make shooting more difficult with NBA 2K21, a decision likely influenced by complaints that shooting in NBA 2K20 was way too easy. And it was, but it looks like the developer has overcorrected, evident by it announcing today that it's making some adjustments.
Taking to the game's official Twitter account, Visual Concepts and 2K revealed that a shooting hotfix will drop tomorrow, September 6, for Rookie, Pro, and All-Star difficulty levels. However, shooting will stay the same on higher difficulties and Neighborhood.
At the moment, this is all the game's official Twitter account has revealed, meaning it's unclear what specific changes are being made to shooting.
Meanwhile, the usage of "hotfix" suggests this will be a pseudo-update to the game, or in other words, an update that won't require a download.
All of that said, as you would expect, fans are divided about this announcement:
So basically park and stage will become 3X easier... great. Listen to all the casuals like Sent-Home Lilliard— 🇳🇫 (@YoPlugServinMid) September 5, 2020
Thank you. W dev team, the shooting in neighborhood is just right— adin (@adinross) September 5, 2020
NOO THE GAME RUINED NOW— james01837491038 ➐ (@Muwlee) September 5, 2020
Nah, it needs to been fixed for the neighborhood and rec too. Everyone is just sitting in the paint. Teams are going 5/40 from three with wide open shots. You practically only make it if you green. This is not enough.— max (@mustardplug) September 5, 2020