The WNBA’s career mode gets off-the-court upgrades in NBA 2K22
NBA 2K22 promises new features and more depth for The W’s WNBA career suite. Last year’s inaugural effort was a laudable and distinctive women’s basketball experience. However, much of the progression supporting it felt stale and even dated.
The Badge progression system for players will be similar to that in the series’ MyCareer mode. There will also be more activities off the court to enhance the lifestyle and role-playing abilities of their superstar. Both answers the two most critical criticisms I had about the mode last year. It was very linear and focused on the court, with a limited life outside of the court.
In a development blog published Thursday, Visual Concepts said WNBA players in The W will have regular off-day activities that “will play a role in how you progress, gain popularity, and build your wallet.” Scrimmages and drills will allow players to develop chemistry on their teams, boosting their attributes as well as teammates.
Some players may be able to mentor or work out with stars such as Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks’, or A’ja Wilson, of the Las Vegas Aces. These mini-games can be 1-on-1, 2-on-2 or 3-on-3, and help players advance their Badge.
As with MyCareer, badges enhance certain skills in four categories: shooting, defence, finishing and shooting. Badge progression is the ability to earn points which allows players to unlock and equip these bonuses, which can then be used in a series of loadouts. The Badges can be used to enhance a player’s physical attributes and other characteristics. They also help to refine players’ playing styles, similar to MyCareer’s highly popular build system.