It won’t be long before we get the chance to hit the court once again, proving ourselves as the finest baller in NBA 2K23. When we do, it’ll be Michael Jordan’s legacy which will be front and centre, with the Jordan Challenge.
NBA 2K23 is coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PS4, PS5, Switch and PC from September 9th 2022, as 2K hope to deliver the finest basketball experience yet. When it does arrive, it won’t just be all about taking on others, shooting hoops and nailing three-pointers but players will also be able to discover some of the most iconic moments from Michael Jordan’s career.
Taking us through his days as a college sensation, via the early playoff battles, and into his legacy-defining Finals performances, the Jordan Challenge mode in NBA 2K23 promises much. It’s here where you’ll get to play through fifteen playable moments from Michael Jordan’s career, with that 1998 NBA Finals winning shot in house.
“The Jordan Challenge is an immersive experience unlike anything NBA 2K fans have seen, completely rebuilding the challenges from 2K11 and adding five new moments,” said Erick Boenisch, VP of NBA Development at Visual Concepts. “Our team took everything into consideration when constructing this game mode; the arenas, the players, the uniforms, the broadcast, and the play style of the era have been accounted for in an effort to give fans a truly authentic and unique playable Jordan experience.”
With NBA 2K23 and the Jordan Challenge, you’ll find all of the following and more…
- Experience a breathtaking recreation of a bygone era, from the 1982 NCAA National Championship to the 1998 NBA Finals. Each challenge features a pre-game interview with a luminary who was a part of what made every game special;
- A complete presentational package including an intricately designed video filter system that recreates the television experience of these games as they were originally broadcast during the 1980s and 1990s, showcasing the look, feel and sound that take players back to the original game;
- Key gameplay changes to fit the era, such as a heavier focus on the post and mid-range game and reworking the transition game for the 1980s feel, including tighter transition lanes and more players cutting to the basket with a numbers advantage, as opposed to the spotting up for three you see in today’s NBA;
- More physicality modeled on the floor and in the paint, along with new signature style upgrades for classic greats like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, featuring all-new jump shot, layup and dunk packages;
- Hand-checking and hard-hitting body-ups for a different feel to the one-on-one battles with accurately represented regulations that mirror the 1990s basketball era, like the Detroit Pistons “Bad Boys” with their famous “Jordan Rules” and more.
The latest Courtside Report is worth taking in, but expect additional deep dives in the coming weeks, all as 2K reveal even more of what’s coming to NBA 2K23.
NBA 2K23 is currently scheduled for release on September 9th for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC. If you can’t wait, go and play NBA 2K22 in the meantime.
Want to be on court come day one? You should consider pre-ordering NBA 2K23. The usual digital stores are offering up access for cash, with the Xbox Store providing multiple different versions.
You’ll find the Standard Xbox One version for £59.99, the Standard Xbox Series X|S drop for £69.99, the Deluxe Edition for £74.99, the Michael Jordan Edition for £89.99 and the NBA 2K23 Championship Edition for a cool £129.99. Yes, that’s right – £129.99.