Take-Two Interactive announced on Friday that film director Spike Lee will be writing and directing this year’s MyCAREER mode in the upcoming edition of the NBA 2K franchise.
Film directors don’t tend to fair well making the transition to video games, but it’s hard to argue that Spike Lee isn’t uniquely suited to write a story for a game about basketball. He directed the 1998 film He Got Game that centered around the sport (even starring a young Ray Allen, who would go on to become a ten time NBA All-Star) and is a constant presence courtside when the New York Knicks are playing at home.
According to Spike Lee, the partnership with NBA 2K16 is an opportunity to challenge himself.
“Partnering with legendary 2K and Visual Concepts is one of the most unique challenges I’ve had in filmmaking, and allows me to push the boundaries of innovative storytelling. My hope is fans will feel even more connected to the world of basketball in NBA 2K16.”
Take-Two Interactive also took the opportunity to reveal the three different covers that will release with the game, each one including a different NBA All-Star. The covers, featuring Houston Rockets’ James Harden, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, and New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, all have images that detail key moments of their careers to highlight the focus on Spike Lee’s MyCAREER mode. You can view the covers for yourself here.
There are no details yet on what we’ll see in the MyCAREER mode other than it will be “paralleling Curry, Harden and Davis’ path to stardom” and it will feature both “on and off court drama.” NBA 2K16 will be released September 29th.