2K Sports Brings on Spike Lee to Direct NBA 2K16
Spike Lee has found a new medium, after moving across the big screen, television and stage, Spike Lee is taking his talents to the video game arena. 2K Sports announced that Spike Lee has been directing the MyCareer feature of its newest game NBA 2K16, which is set to be released on September 29th.
The MyCareer mode allows gamers to assume the identity of a character who is drafted into the NBA and must navigate all the aspects of being an NBA player, on and off the court. Lee described the project following “a kid through the trials and tribulations of being a top high school player and the decisions he has to make,”
2K Spokesman Ryan Peter described Lee’s contribution as transforming “the narrative… bringing a protagonist and antagonist to the story” to make it a more dynamic and compelling storyline.
The feature was added in 2012, but 2K has struggled with it, as the story often becomes stale and repetitive. That is where Lee came in. 2K Sports is attempting to make the storyline much more in depth adding more dimensions to the character, while making it more realistic. They shot 90 minutes of cinematic narrative over a 12 day motion capture shoot at 2K Games Bay Area studio, which should amount to 12 hours of in game drama.
From an artistic perspective, 2K is going into uncharted territory with bringing Lee on board. It is unclear what the exact form the MyCareer feature will take, but it could revolutionize the way sports video games are played and consumed.