What would have happened if Michael Jordan had been selected by Portland with the first pick of the 1984 Draft in place of Sam Bowie ? Whether Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal had continued their collaboration with the Lakers? Whether Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady Did the same in Toronto?
The « What Ifs » represent an inexhaustible source of endless debates, projections and fantasies. NBA 2K23 understood this well by introducing “MyNBA Eras” available in the MyNBA franchise mode, only on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
It allows you to go back in time and to attack a season from three pivotal dates: 1983, called the “Magic vs Bird Era”, 1991 for the “Michael Jordan Era” and 2002 for the “Kobe Era”.
Each « Era » is immersed in its own universe, whether at the level of the commentators chosen to animate the meetings, from Kevin Harlan and Mike Fratello to Greg Anthony, up to the board of current consultants. The rules and styles of play will also be adapted to each era, with for example a tendency to play more indoors the further back in time you go.
The rooms, floors, jerseys have also been remodeled accordingly, just as the quality of the broadcast evolves between the different periods. An expansion of the league up to 36 franchises is possible in each era. Payrolls, contracts and game rules are also in line with the « Eras », not to mention the appearance of social networks, or even the G-League, ex NBDL. Even the size of the shorts changes!
“The mode will give players a year-end summary telling them what’s going to happen in the next season, like rule changes or franchise moves. You can say, ‘No, no, no, I don’t want the Hornets moving between the eight cities where they played for five years. You can refuse the relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics »underlined Mike Boenisch, emblematic executive producer of the game.