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Once the centerpiece of nearly every sports game, the franchise mode no longer stands alone as a destination mode. In modern games, franchise must compete with online versus, single-player modes, historical recreations like the Jordan Challenge, Ultimate Team, and other spin-offs for both followers and development resources.
Taking franchise mode online so players could share the league experience was the last major innovation seen in the genre, but since then the creativity being brought to these modes has slowed as developers focus on more lucrative initiatives littered with microtransactions. Some chalk this up to players no longer being interested in franchise mode, but Visual Concepts senior producer Erick Boenisch and producer Dave Zdyrko aren't buying that. With NBA 2K15, they hope to give the longstanding mode a jolt of new energy with several ambitious undertakings meant to deliver a deeper experience for both sim fans and those who slog through the 82-game NBA seasons.
To kick off the new generation of consoles, Visual Concepts introduced a new take on its classic Association mode, dubbed MyGM, that brought more role-playing elements to the game like conversations with coaches, owners, and players. The foundation was alluring, but not everything worked – the mode was extremely unfriendly to sim fans who preferred to tackle management duties like drafting, free agency, and trades rather than play every game. This year Visual Concepts believes it's striking a better balance between the two approaches. Here are the big changes coming to MyGM for the new-gen versions of NBA 2K15.
Read on for information on prospect scouting, player progression, and changes to the offseason.
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MyGM was good last season, but i dont play this mode much or at all. I only did a few games, and simmed 2 seasons. I just want Crews in the next gen version.
This sounds amazing. I really want to get my hands on this mode.
i wish visual concept make nfl game with this much depth.
franchise mode in madden has been very buggy and messy for years. any talented people dont want to stay in EA studio forever
All these features sound good and well but in all honesty these points of interest sound just like every sports game preview going back a few years. You read preview with all these new aditions but when it is released and tested in mass, feedback comes in saying how little it adds, why it is a bad idea oror that it is flat out broken...
In my mind I think I need to see how this evolves over the next few years as this mode could be a game changer if it could get that Fight Night Champions fidelity while keeping the flexibility of an 82-game season, 30-team league and 4 rounds of best of 4 playoff series to determine a championship that NBA license games give. Not to mention the exponential off season posibility!
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Come on GI, we are better than Buzzfeed.
Never been interested in the franchise of 2k, especially after what they did with myplayer last year. But for the hardcore simulation crowd, they might get a kick out of it
I loved My GM last year and this is just making me more jacked for the this years. Sorry Live, its a 2K life for me
Am I the only one that routinely plays sports games, and is completely disinterested from any other mode besides Exhibition and the occasional online game? Haha, I just don't care for any of these features. If I wanted to play fantasy league, I'd sign up for a real fantasy league.