NBA 2K21 update looks to address Ankle Breakers NBA 2K21 update looks to address Ankle Breakers
NBA 2K21 has been out for just over a week now, and the community is being rather vocal about necessary changes and improvements needed... NBA 2K21 update looks to address Ankle Breakers

NBA 2K21 has been out for just over a week now, and the community is being rather vocal about necessary changes and improvements needed to get the game up to the standard they expect.

Recent updates have already looked at a shooting hotfix, with a patch that brought shooting down to a reasonable level for those on lower difficulty settings. If you’re looking to perfect your shooting, you can check out my NBA 2K21 shooting tips guide, as well as the range of NBA 2K21 shooting badges for this year’s game.

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We can expect more changes to come in the near future, and a number of key updates and refinements appear to be on the agenda at NBA 2K HQ.

2KTV host, Chris Manning, recently responded to some fan Tweets, hinting at some improvements coming that will focus on a few key community concerns.

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One such piece of feedback appears to have actually come out of the initial shooting hotfix, which is somewhat ironic although not unexpected given patches do often lean to some balancing issues down the line.

The community is point to the range with which a shot can now be successful: initially, that range was far too punishing, but now it appears to have been increased too much. The “white” zone of a shot’s timing is categorised as shot that isn’t perfect — “green”, as it’s called — but still has good enough aiming and release to pass through the net. The “white” window is typically very small, and is essentially a margin of error. Adding Badges will give additional boost to this margin. The only problem is that the patch appears to have made this white patch far too wide, meaning Park players are hitting far more than they should be.

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In responses, Manning said that the development team is “working on one based on gameplay feedback and more.”

Additionally, Ankle Breakers will also reportedly be a key feature of a future NBA 2K21 patch.

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“Ankle Breakers will be addressed in it. Gameplay team is looking at the feedback and (gameplay director) Mike [Wang] is monitoring the changes he made/plans on making,” Manning said.

For whatever reason, Ankle Breakers are weirdly absent from the game in most forms. You can still break down a defender, and the absence isn’t as widely felt when playing against the AI, but in the Park and against other players it’s noticeably gone missing. Therefore, players that base their style around getting space and breaking down their defender are finding themselves at a disadvantage.

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Given Manning has mentioned it, it appears likely we can see some sort of refinement or addition to the dribbling prowess in the game.

What are your thoughts on the current state of NBA 2K21? What needs to be fixed and/or added? Sound off in the comments below!

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