NBA 2K20’s new trailer has card packs, slot machines, loot boxes, roulette, and pachinko

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Some trailers are so good you’ve just got to watch them twice. Like that one for The Lighthouse, did you see that thing? Masterful trailer. The new trailer for NBA 2K20 is so amazing I’ve watched it three times now though. Take that, Robert Eggers.

It’s taken me three watches because I spent half my time watching it wondering whether it was some elaborate parody. A giant in-joke that was all about correcting the wrongs of NBA 2K19, a long list which includes unskippable in-game adverts, tons of microtransactions, an immense grind wall, and card packs, glorious card packs. 

So, for NBA 2K20, 2K and Visual Concepts (against their will, no doubt) has gathered up all the fan complaints, said a swift f–k you, and burned them, placing them in an urn on LeBron James’s shelf.

2K is so fascinatingly tone deaf to what’s going on in the industry right now it’s a little absurd. Everywhere you look, publishers are climbing down from loot boxes and gambling mechanisms, looking over their shoulders at the long arm of the law. Heck, some countries have already outlawed loot crates.

But 2K? Well, 2K just dropped a new ‘trailer’ for NBA 2K20 which shows off card packs, loot crates, pachinko machines, roulette wheels, and full-blown slot machines, all tied up neatly with a premium currency bow. Good luck arguing your games aren’t gambling when you’ve got all that going on. 

Anyway, enjoy this little masterpiece for yourself.

What are your thoughts on NBA 2K20’s latest trailer then? Does this have you licking your lips in anticipation of NBA 2K20’s September 6th release date, or are you giving this particular money pit a wide berth? Let us know what you think below!