Video games developer 2K Sports says that NBA 2K13, the next installment of the NBA video game simulation franchise and the follow-up to the NBA 2K12, will be available on October 2, 2012 in North America and October 5, 2012 internationally.
The game is being released for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, PSP (PlayStation Portable) system, Wii system and Windows PC. A Wii U version of NBA 2K13 will be available in the launch window, at a later date.
Fans that pre-order NBA 2K13 for the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 will receive a new downloadable NBA All-Star content package presented by Sprite. This add-on content will be set in Houston, the site of the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.
While all this action is taking place in the gaming market, tech researcher Gartner estimates that worldwide spending on the gaming ecosystem exceeded $74 billion in 2011, up 10.4 percent from 2010 spending of $67 billion. By 2015, it says, spending will reach $112 billion. (Read: Games that People Play on Digital Playgrounds)
It will allow fans to stage their own NBA All-Star Game, including three NBA All-Star events – the Foot Locker Three Point Shootout, BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, and the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest featuring all-new intuitive, pick-up-and-play controls.
“The NBA All-Star package is our way saying ‘thank you’ to fans for their ongoing love of the NBA 2K series,” said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. “This content provides a ton of depth and value to our fans, and it’s just the beginning of a lot of big news about NBA 2K13.”
Gamers can pit the NBA’s current superstars against classic players in both the Foot Locker Three Point Shootout and Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. Rosters for both the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge and 2013 NBA All-Star Game will feature the 2012 All-Stars, with dynamic updates to the 2013 rosters once the participants are announced.
Developed by Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio, NBA 2K13 is not yet rated by the ESRB
2K Sports is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).