2K Teasing Return of Crew For NBA 2K14

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Posted August 12th, 2013 at 11:45 am

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2K Sports has yet to begin an active promotion of NBA 2K14 with only seven weeks until release. It looks as though that could be changing this week with the company teasing news to come Wednesday and leading many to believe it will relate to the return of Crew mode. 

Crew was an online mode in NBA 2K10 and 2K11 involving created players (each person controlling only their guy) teaming up to take on other formed squads. It was popular among a very vocal group of consumers – and they’ve continued to express desire for it to return on a regular basis – but was also plagued by “hacked” super-players which the company struggled in dealing with.

Much of the continued animosity from Crew users relates to how 2K handled the removal of the mode. They did not communicate that it was gone prior to NBA 2K12’s release and would not address it (and other online issues) at all until a month later.

The return of NBA Live with the next-gen consoles makes an online mode of this sort is almost a necessity for 2K. NBA Elite 11 was prepared to offer EASBA which would have been similar to EA Sports Hockey League found in NHL.

With EA clearly attempting to attack some of the weaknesses of the NBA 2K product with features announced thus far it is reasonable to expect they’ll try and capitalize on the online interest that has been neglected the past few years. 2K would regain favor from that passionate group and take away a bullet point for EA by bringing back Crew.

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  • Trey

    I never understood why people wanted crew back… as you said it was plagued with super hacked players, and also the stability was horrible! You had to try SO many times before a match would actually work and people would stay in it. Does anyone remember having to use a work-around where you changed your XBOX time zone to Beijing and then crew would work? Just a horribly buggy terrible game mode.

    • hevv

      That so many people enjoyed it and made it the only way they played the game even with the problems tells you the concept had potential.

    • Roggie

      People want it back because it was awesome when it worked and didn’t have the hacked morons.

    • GAY

      Yep.. Has 2K had ANY game with good online? Every game Ive played online with 2K “whatever” slapped on the front SUCKED.. Laggy Mess

    • andre

      Having VC eliminates the hacked player problem now that players have to be authenticated by the servers every time they’re loaded. 2K has made some good strides in the online department since the horror days of 2K9 and 2K10, though I agree they could still improve.

    • B_Strings

      These type of game modes create community so when it’s taken away people long for that sense community more so than the game itself.

      Anyways, Eliminating cheating is as simple as storing characters online. I don’t know why they removed it in the first place.

  • 2k Skeptic

    Can’t tell you how furious I’ll be if this isn’t Crew…

  • word_is_bond

    Crew mode is coming back with all the major glitches that follow.

  • Buddie ro

    Crew or no crew nba live is no threat to 2k

    • MoneyMayweather

      you don’t mean that.

  • bwatts

    they need to figure out something about all the quitting that happens. maybe DNF% or boot ppl off for 2 days. Something positive

  • Details

    2K just better bring legends back. That’s all I care about.

  • MoneyMayweather

    NBA live 10’s version of crew was far superior and more fun because you could use real NBA players.

    • CSaint1994

      Everything that involved online was better on live.

  • Bdog

    I just hope they start promoting the damn game soon. 6 weeks away from release and we barely know anything about the game. I could care less about a crew mode. Let’s see some gameplay!

  • Bill

    I have a strong feeling that classis teams will not be included this year. Really sucks too because there’s really only a handful of competitive teams. Heat, thunder, bulls, Knicks (in 2k), Houston, and Brooklyn. I could care less about lebron path to greatness. He’s the weakest “best player of a generation” of all time.

  • The Great Leon

    They need to improve Association. Free agency in it has been really boring for the past 4-5 games. Half the league change coaches each year, the rotation of mins and roles needs work. I find time to enjoy the game but these flaws are glaring.

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