It was announced this morning that NBA 2K14 will for the first time ever feature Euroleague teams on the game.
NBA 2K14 has an exclusive multi-year global partnership with 14 of the top teams from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. Those teams are seen below.
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
This is the first time Euroleague teams will be featured in the NBA 2K series and fans can play against NBA teams. No other features have been announced for the Euroleague teams, we might see more details later today.
The NBA 2K series has found some sort of gimmick other than just current NBA teams to promote their game since NBA 2K11.
In 2K11, it was featuring Michael Jordan and a game mode where you went back and tried to recreate great MJ moments.
In 2K12, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird joined MJ on the covers of the game, while the game featured more classic teams than ever.
Last year in 2K13, the number of classic teams were dwindling but the game featured the 1992 Dream Team and 2012 US Olympic Basketball team.
It is unknown yet how many classic teams will be in 2K14. 2K Sports is clearly trying to take advantage of the international market this year, something that should work. But the inclusion of Euroleague teams probably won’t bring too much excitement here in the US.
Another thing 2K14 probably won’t do is accurately recreate the European style of basketball. Simply inserting European teams into the 2K game will feel a little off for sure.