If the one thing you thought was missing from the NBA 2K series was a photo-realistic representation of Kyrie Irving’s armpit hair, then NBA 2K18 is going to be your jam.
The first trailer for NBA 2K18 shows off the game’s redesigned player models and body system, creating incredibly close digital counterparts to their real-life players. Not only have the player models been revamped, but the NBA 2K team even visited to NBA’s New York offices to laser scan each team’s uniform and over 200 shoes in which they’re taking more step towards the uncanny valley.
The visual fidelity is kind of insane. Not only are the player models better than ever, but small details really shine here and help each player stand out. Individual strands can be seen in facial hair, and blemishes like stretch marks and acne make the players seem more like their real-life counterparts than ever.
MyPlayer creations benefit from the new body system as well, which is focused on representing the diversity of body types in the NBA. That means that your MyPlayer’s body won’t necessarily look like everyone else’s MyPlayer’s body. Hopefully, the same amount of care is being taken with the face scan because, well… look at it:
In addition to the new trailer, NBA 2K18 also announced some dates to mark down on your calendar. Starting September 8th, fans can play a “free downloadable experience” called “The Prelude,” which is a prologue to MyCareer mode. On top of that, even though the game is launching on September 19th for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Nintendo Switch, players who pre-order can start playing the game on September 15th.
You can check out the trailer below to get a good, hard look at LeBron James’ photo-realistic sweat-soaked forehead, or if you simply want to spend the afternoon counting the individual hairs in Steph Curry’s nasty excuse for a beard. [Editor’s note: Mike is a Cavs fan and a sore loser.]