NBA 2K24 PS5, PS4 Introduces Paid Battle Pass in Franchise First 1
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In a franchise – and, to our knowledge, sports game – first, NBA 2K24 will introduce a paid Battle Pass, which builds upon the existing Seasons feature. For the first time, progression will be unified across MyCAREER and MyTEAM, so you won’t have to earn rewards individually. All of the existing unlockable items – a total of 40 across both modes – will continue to be available for free.

The big change, however, is the option to pay $9.99 per season for the Pro tier, which will grant an additional 40 Premium rewards, as well as two bonus MyCAREER and MyTEAM items at the point of purchase. There’ll also be a Hall of Fame option, including one additional immediate reward, a 15 per cent XP booster, and 10 level skips.

Obviously, this is more or less in line with what other games are doing, but the additional monetisation may grate among those who already feel the basketball sim’s overreliance on microtransactions is far too distracting. We suppose it all depends on what those Premium rewards include; 2K Sports would argue this is merely a value add, with the existing free Battle Pass unchanged.

The proof, as always, will be in the pudding.