NBA 2K21 Demo: Release Date, Gameplay Changes, Teams, Modes, Platforms And Everything We Know

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2K has always been the undisputed king of basketball games, and this year they are looking to rebound after a rocky last year. 

NBA 2K21 is just around the corner and we are getting more and more news every week from Take-Two Interactive.


With this Fall looking to be one of the biggest release windows in recent years, 2K is looking to captivate fans as they were once able too.

Here's all the news about 2K21's demo!

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5 Game Limit - 24th August

According to @2kinsiderr, you can only play 5 quick games.

NBA 2K21 Demo Live - 24th August

The NBA 2K21 demo is now live on Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.


Demo Release Date

NBA 2K21 has officially been confirmed to release a demo for players on August 24, 2020.

The demo will also kick-off at 7:00am PT/3pm BST which was confirmed by 2K via a tweet.


2K21 Release Date

Although players will be able to jump into the demo next week, the full game is not slated to release until September 4th, 2020.


This will also be the current-gen version of the game only! As the next-gen iterations are not releasing until the Series X and PS5 are purchasable. 


Found on the 2K21 blog post regarding the demo for the game, they had this to say about the demo and the platforms players will be able to play it on: 

"Best of all, you'll have the opportunity to check out how the game plays for yourself when we release the NBA 2K21 demo on August 24 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch!"


As of now, we do not know what game modes are going to be playable in the NBA 2K21 current-gen demo.


Last year, we were able to create our own player as many times as we want, and we were also given a short teaser of the story mode!

New Gameplay Mechanics

Also found in the blog post were some details about new pro stick mechanics for this year's title.

Here is what they had to say: 

"The Pro Stick has been a staple of 2K basketball for years now, and for the most part, has largely gone unchanged since its inception. For NBA 2K21, we saw this as a big opportunity to freshen up the game on the offensive end. In past games, you could hold the Pro Stick in any direction to take a jump shot. That was limiting us from utilizing the right stick as a fully featured dribble stick. So this year, we’re making a pretty significant change to how the Pro Stick works. In a nutshell:"

  • "Hold RS down = jump shot
  • Hold RS left or right = escape dribble moves
  • Hold RS up = signature size-ups
  • Tap the RS = quick 1-to-1 dribble moves
  • Tap the RS with Sprint held = quick momentum dribble moves"