The NBA 2K MyCareer stories have had an interesting trajectory. What began as a choose your own adventure story giving players the ability to craft their own personality, over the course of the last several years they have settled into on-rails stories, sometimes featuring big-name actors, always including a corny sense of humor.
Based on the first trailer, NBA 2K19's MyCareer story, called The Way Back, follows that well-worn path. This year's star is a baller unfortunately nicknamed A.I. whose career looks nothing like Allen Iverson's. In the trailer we see him spending time playing overseas in the Chinese Basketball League, and infighting with teammates in the NBA G-League for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. All that toiling in the minor leagues eventually earns you a call-up to an NBA roster at the end of the season.
The list of actors includes Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense, Silicon Valley), Michael Rapaport (Atypical, True Romance), Anthony Mackie (Avengers, Altered Carbon), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton, Hidden Figures), and Rob Huebel (Transparent, Bob's Burgers).
NBA 2K19's The Prelude drops on August 31 for PS4 and Xbox One, which lets you play the first chapter in The Way Back.
NBA 2K19's anniversary edition releases on September 7 for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. The standard edition releases for the same platforms on September 11.