Interview: Erick Boenisch Talks NBA 2K13 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)

Plus, get a first look at new in-game footage!

In just a matter of months, the new NBA season will kick in, and teams will challenge the recently championship crowned Miami Heat for superiority.  And in the video game world, the basketball war will heat up once more, with EA Sports’ returning NBA Live 13 going head-to-head against 2K Sports’ winning franchise, NBA 2K13.  We already did a news piece talking about the game in action, but now we’ve gone one step further, chatting with its producer, Erick Boenisch, about what to expect this time around.  Complete with game footage!

NBA 2K13 returns to the hardwood with a number of new features.  While most of them haven’t been revealed just yet, we do know that the game will include some great new animation touches so that it’ll look more realistic than ever.  No more weird robotic animations when it comes to transitioning from a successful shot to a victory pose.  It’s much more natural this time around.  And those hard dashes down the court?  They’ve never looked better.

In addition, 2K Sports is also adding some events from the NBA All Star Game as a special pre-order bonus for those who buy the game early in its release.  These include a number of events that you can play with ANY NBA superstar or legend, including the Rising Stars Challenge, the Three Point Shoot-Out and, our personal favorite, the Slam Dunk Contest.  With this, instead of controlling your player in real time, you’ll engage in a push-button competition, where you need to hit as many buttons as successfully as possible.  The more buttons you hit right, the better your dunk is.

Again, the game is still quite early, even just over three months in release, but the company plans to release more details in the weeks ahead, including who the cover star is and what legends will be included this time around.  And yes, basketball fans, we already asked about Charles Barkley.  The guy needs video game recognition again now that Shut Up and Jam! didn’t fare as well as NBA Jam.