2K Sports could possibly feature several college basketball teams in its NBA 2K16 video game which will be released on Sept. 29.
2K Sports could possibly feature several college basketball teams in its NBA 2K16 video game.
According to a forum post on OperationSports.com (via a July 16 blog post on PastaPadre.com), the Colorado-based sports video game company has obtained the license to feature 11 universities in video games by way of the Collegiate Licensing Company.
Those schools are the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Georgetown University, the University of Kansas, the University of Louisivlle, the University of Michigan, the University of Texas, UCLA, the University of Connecticut, Villanova University and the University of Wisconsin, per PastaPadre.com.
The PastaPadre.com update says "there may be at least one more to the group, however."
ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell confirmed the news on July 21:
2K has indeed gotten the licenses to at least 10 college teams & will have college basketball.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 21, 2015
Various NBA 2K16 covers showing current NBA stars during their collegiate playing days could be a prelude to college teams being featured in the said game, per PastaPadre.com.
Among the said NBA players are the Houston Rockets' James Harden (Arizona State), the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (Davidson) and the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (University of Kentucky).
There's a possibility that Davidson and Kentucky will be added to the list of schools 2K Sports has obtained a license for. However, Kentucky's chances are far-fetched, per PastaPadre.com.
In NBA 2K16's special edition, former North Carolina Tar Heels and Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan is on the cover. However, "North Carolina" was removed from his jersey in the cover photo, per PastaPadre.com.
2K Sports was not able to obtain a license for the Tar Heels, per PastaPadre.com.
On the other hand, the 11 licensed teams could very well be featured in a tournament structure where six games would be the minimum number of games required to win the championship, per PastaPadre.com.
SportingNews.com's Brian Wiedley cautions the news does not necessarily mean a new college basketball game will be launched. He even says major restrictions on the licensed college teams should be expected.
The featured college teams will not feature real-life rosters. There will be no NCAA involvement in the NBA 2K16, which means "March Madness" cannot be in any way used for its college tournament feature, per SportingNews.com.
Even if it has been six years since an NCAA-licensed college basketball video game last came out, Wiedley dubs the turn of events for NBA 2K16 as "a positive step in a tough market."
Aside from the 11 collegiate teams, NBA 2K16's other distinct feature will be the career mode developed by renowned director and New York Knicks fan Spike Lee. Polygon.com's Owen S. Good confirmed Lee's invovlement with 2K Sports back in April.
NBA 2K16 will be released on Sept. 29, 2015 on all four platforms: XboX One, PS4, XboX360, PlayStation 3 and the PC version, per 2kSports.com.
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