NBA 2K12: Introducing “On The Move” exclusively for PlayStation Move

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NBA 2K12: Introducing “On The Move” exclusively for PlayStation Move

NBA 2K12 "On the Move"

Ronnie here from 2K Sports. I am the Community Manager and the point person for our fans. Have feedback on a feature for NBA 2K12? Want to get an idea in the game? You have my ear and can always reach me on my Twitter account. Drop me a line anytime!

You may remember me from a post earlier this year on NBA 2K12 or my posts last year on NBA 2K11. NBA 2K11 was an enormous success for us as we brought Michael Jordan back to the virtual hardwood for the first time in years. That was followed by extremely remarkable reviews, many calling NBA 2K11 “the greatest sports game of this generation”.

People asked how we could possibly come close to matching last year’s success. It started with unprecedented success at E3 where we picked up multiple Best of E3 Nominees/Awards and even had NBA superstar Kobe Bryant show off NBA 2K12 using the Move at the PlayStation Press Conference. Many have said we’ve achieved the impossible, somehow surpassing 2K1. And with launch Tuesday, the hype is at a fever pitch. This game is better than ever, and this past Friday’s IGN score of 9.5, saying “NBA 2K12 has dethroned its predecessor as the BEST basketball game of all time.”

How have we accomplished this? In addition to our innovative gameplay controls and unrivalled realistic NBA action, this year, we decided to above and beyond last year, not saving any punches. Yes, Michael Jordan is back but this year he is bringing some friends to NBA 2K12 (in stores in the US 10/4/2011, internationally 10/7/2011). How many friends? How about 14 of the greatest: Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jaabar, Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Bill Russell, Jerry West, Isiah Thomas, Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, Oscar Robertson, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Patrick Ewing, Wilt Chamberlain, and John Stockton. All the legends have a game against one of their fiercest rivals in the new “NBA’s Greatest” mode.

Each game in the NBA’s Greatest Mode will have its own look and feel depending on the era it took place in. Our gameplay and presentation teams have painstakingly researched player tendencies, rule changes, and even era-specific television presentational styles for these games. It’s really an astounding experience to play a game in grainy black & white with no 3PT shots, old-school scorers tables, baskets, and of course, the shortest of shorts. You’ll be doing that in NBA 2K12, and let me tell you, it’s a lot of fun! You can read about how each of the “NBA’s Greatest” games/match-ups here.

But NBA 2K12 also has a brand new feature on PlayStation 3 called “On The Move,” obviously using the PlayStation Move. Recently, I got the chance to interview one of our Producers, Ben Bishop, to provide some exclusive info to those that follow the PlayStation Blog. Ben was influential in making this feature a lot of fun and a cool experience for 2K veterans and newbies alike. After Ben gives you some background on the use of Move, I will share some other features to be unveiled in NBA 2K12. So without further adieu, here are highlights from our conversation:

Hey Everyone,

Ben Bishop here. I’m one of the Producers who worked on NBA 2K12. I was fortunate enough to be involved with many different facets of the game this year. Probably one of the most unique and exciting though, and the thing that I’m here to give some details on today, is our NBA On the Move feature, exclusively available for you fine readers of the PlayStation.Blog and PlayStation 3 gamers everywhere.

While we supported the Move controller in NBA 2K11, we really felt like there was something more we could do there. In particular, we wanted to get away from the standard gesture-based controls that many sports games have used and, instead, figure out a way to utilize the Move that wasn’t so involved. Let’s face it, waving your arms around for an entire game can get old quickly, so it made sense to pick our spots a little better and choose ways, that used the precision of the Move, work best.

Additionally, we wanted something that could appeal to newer fans of the series. The standard gameplay controls have an unbelievable amount of depth, with nuances that can take quite a bit of practice to master. This can be daunting to inexperienced users so, hopefully, NBA On the Move will create just the opposite effect.

While we hope that players, of any skill level, will quickly be able to feel like a superstar in this mode, that doesn’t mean we didn’t include our typical extra layer for anyone who wants to take it to another level. There is a whole set of advanced Move controls, that really deepen the experience and can make a huge difference the more you play the game, which I’ll detail below.

But one last thing before getting into some more of the control: It’s worth mentioning that we created a specific NBA On the Move mode just for this feature. We really felt like it was something that needed to stand on its own. It’s the type of experience that really shines when you’ve got some friends over, so we wanted it to become a specific destination rather than a side feature that gets lost in the midst of all the other regular game modes.

Okay, enough background. Now it’s time to jump into what NBA On the Move is all about. To start with, the entire mode is driven by the use of the Move controller pointer. You use your controller to point directly at the players on the court you want to interact with. Along with that, there are two additional essential buttons to worry about – the Move button on the top of the controller, and the T button on the back.

NBA 2K12 "On the Move"

Here is the breakdown of the basic controls:

Offense (Basic)
Move Button – Pass (when pointing cursor at teammate)
Move Button – Drive (when pointing cursor at basket)
T Button – Shoot
T Button (Quick Tap) – Pump Fake

Defense (Basic)
Move Button – Steal (with player closest to ball handler)
T Button – Block/Rebound (when pointing cursor at player)

One of the most unique aspects of NBA On the Move is that you focus on the things that matter most – passing, shooting, stealing/blocking, and rebounding. We’ve spent years refining our AI and doing everything we could to get it to play a smart and realistic game of basketball. And in this mode, you really get to see it shine. In many ways, NBA On the Move is like the perfect hybrid of a Coach Mode and playing the game in the standard way.

And to all of you NBA 2K veterans, don’t fret. As I mentioned before, there is a whole extra level of controls that allow you to influence player movement and really get into more of the subtleties of the game if you so desire.

Here’s the breakdown of the advanced controls, starting with offense:

Offense (Advanced)
Square – Drive/Cut to Basket (when pointing cursor at player)
X – Alley-Oop (when pointing cursor at player)
O – Pick and Roll (when pointing cursor at player)
Triangle – Post Up (when pointing cursor at player)
Move Button – Lead Pass (when pointing cursor into open space near teammate)

Notice that you can get players to do things like cut, set picks, and post-up, and you can even throw up alley-oops or guide them into open space with the Lead Pass feature.

And now, here are the advanced defense controls:

Defense (Advanced)
Square – Toggle Team Defense (Trap/Press/Man-to-Man)
X – Take Charge (when pointing cursor at player)
O – Toggle Individual Defensive Pressure (when pointing cursor at player)
Triangle – Double Team (when pointing cursor at player)
Select – Intentional Foul

Run different styles of defense depending on the situation and the match-ups, call for double teams, or instruct your players on how tight to play or when to stand their ground and take a charge. There is a variety of ways for you to influence the action.

As you can see, anyone should be able to pick up a Move controller and play NBA On the Move using just the two basic buttons. This was evidenced by a demo we did a few months back at E3. Former NBA 2K cover athlete Kobe Bryant was kind enough to stop by and show everyone an early preview of the mode, and he jumped on stage with essentially no practice and was able to start making plays after only a brief period of adjustment.

But again, there is a lot more to it than that. It is definitely a new and unique way to play NBA 2K12, and whether you’ve got some friends over and want to sit down on the couch and see who’s best, or if you simply want to take on the CPU and player-coach your way to victory, the choice is yours. It’s a great alternative to the standard simulation basketball you’ll get everywhere else in the game that we’ve built up for years. So pick up a Move controller and give it a try – I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

I want to thank Ben Bishop for taking the time out of his busy schedule to give us insight on how to get the most out of using the Move. I have been playing “On the Move” and it’s a really extraordinary time. I am sure you hardcore fans and people new to the franchise will also enjoy.

I want to mention a few other features that are making waves in the gaming industry. Now that I’ve discussed “NBA’s Greatest” and how you get the use of deep rosters of 34 legendary teams (more than 400 players in all) at the beginning of the blog, you’ll be ready to play and see what the Greatest of All Time is. But our game has always been rooted in the current game so, in the meantime, here are some other things to look out for when the game hits stores October 4th (make sure to click the links for even more information):

NBA 2K12 "On the Move"

My Player ModeLive the entire life of an NBA star. After Pre-Draft Interviews, David Stern will announce what team has drafted your services to their squad. They will build marketing campaigns around you and hope that you’re on your way to being the face of the Franchise. You will fight for playing time, discuss your accolades in Press Conferences, and emerge as a starter, perhaps even a player that will go down as one of the greats. If you are, you could be signed to a lucrative Shoe Deal, be on the cover of Magazines, star in commercials, and so on. If you’re one of the greatest ever, you could even write your Hall of Fame speech.

NBA 2K12 "On the Move"

New Post Play System / Defense – Become a force to be reckoned with in the post via full 360 degree player movement, an innovative defensive counter system, and a whole arsenal of moves such as drives, step-backs, and aggressive back downs. Moves can be queued ahead of time and combined together allowing you to dominate the paint in true big man fashion.

The Association: Online – For the first time ever, you and up to 29 friends can form your own NBA league and manage it all from your computer or console.

Bonus Gift with Purchase – Customer who purchase their copy of NBA 2K12 will receive two bonus, historic NBA team featuring their own NBA greats – 1990-91 Golden State Warriors and 2001-02 Sacramento Kings. Bonus content available on launch orders only, while supplies last.

Well, I have probably gone on way past my time! I want to thank the people at Sony for giving me this time to tell you about NBA 2K12. Let me remind you to follow us on Facebook to get exclusive info on the NBA 2K Franchise.

NBA 2K12 "On the Move"

Feel free to drop me a line below or on Twitter and I’ll do my best to get back to you ASAP. Thanks for reading!

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  • Got the game at midnight, played one of the challenges (Stockton Challenge) and just love the game! Man, that game was really close and I was standing up in the last couple seconds! Jazz won by one point because Hornacek made fisher lose the ball and Ostertag got a block in under 15 seconds!

  • Question! , why do all 2K sports game trailers have these red ribbons on them?

  • Can Clyde the Glide get some love??? He ain’t even in the intro… smh.. game looks incredible otherwise!

    • I love the Glide. To me, he’s right on the cusp of the 15 NBA’s Greatest that we pay homage to. But the brilliant thing about this mode is you don’t get just 15 legends, we give you over 400! Few bigger the Clyde.

  • Hey Ronnie!!

    Welcome back to the blog!!!

    I went to the Best Buy release party in Los Angeles last night!

    I got some funny pictures to show you on Twitter!! I know who should be on #NBA2K13’s cover, LOL….

    I hope you can answer this…I am getting the PS3 version when the store opens up today, I have already played the game, and the improvement is so noticeable. The attention to detail on the players is amazing this year!!

    What are the chances we see NBA 2K12 on the PlayStation Vita later next year?


    I met Magic Johnson (got cover signed), saw Michael Cooper, said hi to Lakers new head coach Mike Brown, met Mr Clutch Jerry West (got basketball signed that I won at event), and oh yeah met the Lakers Girls! Great night last night, I hope Los Angeles has a release party every year for the NBA 2K series!!

    • I am glad you’re loving it Daniel! Also sounds like the event was a complete smash. Wish I could have been there myself but duty calls!

      We don’t have any plans for the Vita at this time. That may change eventually, especially as the market grows. Stay tuned to our Facebook –

  • Can’t wait to try this out! Rawr!

    • How have you not got it yet? :-) Haha, just kidding. You should get it soon though, the bonus teams are awesome. I was flying with Run TMC, the old Golden State Warriors, last night. Was awesome!

  • I am here to chat on NBA 2K12 Launch Day. Welcome fans, let’s get to it!

  • When will 2k discuss about the DLC? and crew mode?

    • Hi Vinsanity,
      We will be discussing the future of both of those subjects at a later date. Hang in there/

  • hey ronnie, will we be able to play with our myplayers online??

  • Hay Games awesome, howcome theres not any white people hair? xd.. and any chance you guys might try and get drazen petrovic into the game next year? it would be amazing.

    • If he’s part of the NBA PA, he’ll be in there. Did you see Leno with White Hair last night on The Tonight Show?

  • Ronnie, unfortunately I’m at work and can’t pick up the game for a few more hours but I heard you can no longer adjust the age of players. Can you confirm whether that is true or not and discuss the thought process behind that change?

  • Not sure because he died in a carcrash.. :( Nope but im definetly going to check it out.

  • okay.. well is there any truth to crews being left out bc of the hacked myplayers??

  • Ronnie, yes. I was told by a friend that you cannot edit a player’s age unless it’s your “My Player”. Again, I don’t have the game yet so I haven’t been able to confirm this but I’ll be picking it up in about 3 hours so I can check and get back to you on Twitter if no one else is able to confirm before then.

  • Getting The game on friday im sure its the best!!
    I Love NBA 2k just hope lockout ends soon :(

  • Shouldn’t 2k tell us if crew was removed before we buy the game? rather than having customers find out after we buy the game? *If crew is indeed removed, that is. crew = 5v5 using myplayer that keep track of stats and records! not blacktop 3v3 with mp.

  • VINSANITY crew is the only reason why most people play myplayer… i love all the extras they put in myplayer this year, but whats the point of myplayer if you cant play crew with it??!!! ITS THE CLOSEST THING TO PLAYING ACTUAL BASKETBALL.. id rather the same boring season from last years myplayer if they would have kept crew this year

  • online association will be fun though

  • Any more MJ dunk pack? Would there be an unlockable code for Air Jordan’s and if so, does 2K12 have the right colorways of the Air Jordan’s?

  • Will NBA 2k12 be available as a Ps3 Digital Download besides being a PSP Digital Download? I live in a country far from the USA, and copies of NBA 2k12 won’t be available until 2nd week of October. So being able to download this digitally would save us international gamers a whole lot of grief.

  • On PSN that is, a DIgital Download on PSN in PS3 format.

  • There should be an option to get a new commissioner in this game because the current one wants to cancel the NBA season. I want a Jordan cover, what do I have to do get that.

  • @4, Dzormagen: I am so envious of you. Jerry West is my all time favorite Laker, & will be the deciding factor for me buying my first sports game. The Move feature doesn’t hurt either.

    I bet Mr. Clutch, Zeke from Cabin Creek, was incredibly humble & kind.

  • I wanted to play a new genre of games.
    I’ll get this game next week and if I liked it, I’ll make sure to get NBA 2K13

  • Got mine at midnight and I LOVE IT!!!! There are so many modes and new additions, it’s crazy!!! Haven’t tried any online modes yet, but I will later. You really outdid yourselves 2K!!!

  • Is the full game any better than the demo? it kinda turned me off on buying my first 2K game since 2K football which seems like lightyears ago

  • the greatest basketball game of all time has returned

  • I really hope there’s an NBA season this year. :(

  • I heard servers don’t work well…true?

  • Can 2K12 be played the same way with the Move as in 2K11? I liked the way it was before, but the only thing missing was the navigation controller.

  • im going to tak e off my badge for second and say . Im glad your kicking nba lives butt year after after yr, tell the guys at 2k sports. Kick up the a-whooping. I want those nba live fans and madden fans to get a dose of what ti would be like if nfl2kfootball was around. Nothing but the best

    “Puts badge back on.” ehh hmm

    ty ronnie for coming back ,Is Connie hawkins in the games.??

    vp-psn legioniaree group

  • hey ronnie,
    how long will the 2k11 servers stay up?

  • This game is sick. I have not purchased yet but definitely want to pick it up. Shout out to House Party and PSN!!!!!!

  • FIX THE SERVERS!! Loyal fans like me are getting upset every year it’s the SAME story! I am getting sick and tired! EA’s servers are never this bad! C’Mon Man!!!

  • You should have Reggie Miller as a DLC

  • I played the demo a few days ago. Pretty fluid. The controls are good and I felt like a I got a good handle after about 2 practice runs. Want to definitely get the game so that I can play some of the other game modes.

  • Cool move!

  • man I can not wait to try this game it looks awesome.

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