As said by a tweet from ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell, 2K has secured licenses to at least 10 college hoops teams and “will have college basketball”. The subject of endless and heated debate, ratings can shape a fan’s entire opinion of the game, transforming it into either an ultra-realistic simulation or a target of derision.
If recent reports are to be believed then for the first time in many years 2K Sports is going to bring back college basketball teams to its video game, 2K has reportedly signed licensing deals with ten schools and is planning to add those teams to an upcoming title. MyCareer offers an immersive insight into the ups and downs of a basketball player’s career as he marches up the rank.
Reported by the leaks, 2K Sports now has the license for 11 schools for use in video games through the Collegiate Licensing Company. It would also make for a rather compelling post-launch DLC.
We reached out to 2K Sports, which declined to comment at this time.
You’ll notice on the various covers for National Basteball Association 2K16 that the players are featured in different images, one of which includes them in their college gear. The list as of now contains Arizona, Arizona State, Georgetown, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Texas, UCLA, UConn, Villanova, and Wisconsin.
However, there are a few things that might prevent all this from becoming a reality. While this probably won’t be a full-blown college basketball experience – no real players or representations, no authentic arenas, and no involvement by the NCAA (which means no “March Madness”) – the idea is that you’ll probably play for one of these officially licensed schools at some part of a very limited college career. The game may not feature the original rosters of NCAA squads.