Fresh off taking flak for a pre-release trailer that encouraged gambling, basketball sim NBA 2K20 is once again in hot water.
The hashtag #Fix2K20 is currently trending on Twitter in the US and Australia, spurred on by the frustration of gamers dissatisfied, to put it mildly, with the current state of the game.
Gamers Demand That 2K Games #Fix2K20
The hashtag has spawned over 12,000 tweets, landing it a spot on Twitter Moments – an honor only bestowed to the most trending topics.
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) September 9, 2019
Among the chief complaints leveled at NBA 2K20 are a veritable litany of bugs and problems ranging from botched animations and balance issues to excruciatingly long loading times and the game outright freezing.
— Isaac ❄️ (@The__iceman_) September 9, 2019
People are not getting Badge Progress and Rep Progress. Load times are very bad. A lot people are getting blue screens (game freezing).
— JABridgeforth (@JABridgeforth) September 9, 2019
— Doc (@Ken07450658) September 9, 2019
* people not getting badge progression
* load/wait times for games/getting into park
*badge progession is a drag
* no jump shot creator for much of the start of the career
*being lied to (no respec, extra pie charts, no changing of takeover)
The list goes on an on
— CreditStrikerTV (@CreditStrikerTV) September 9, 2019
Meanwhile, the hashtag #fireronnie2k is also doing the rounds, with “Ronnie” being Ronnie Singh, 2K’s digital marketing director and the man responsible for NBA 2K20’s aggressive marketing strategy.
In tandem, a petition titled “FIRE RONNIE FOR FALSE ADVERTISING” launched earlier today and has amassed more than 15,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon.
Naturally, it’s unlikely that 2K shows Singh the door, but it highlights the length to which angered players will go to voice their disappointment.
NBA 2K20 Patch 1.02 Fixes Pretty Much Nothing
In response, 2K pushed out a new patch for NBA 2K20, but early indicators suggest it has done little to fix the blaring issues despite coming in at a whopping 7 GB for the PlayStation 4 version of the game.
— SimplyBird (@TheSimplyBird) September 9, 2019
— NBA2K21 News🤫 (@2KInsiderr) September 9, 2019
It’s all pretty damning stuff for a franchise that churns out a title every year with only surface-level changes. Bugs that plagued NBA 2K19 are in NBA 2K20. It appears that complacency has crept in on the developer side as each edition guarantees massive sales due to a loyal legion of fans. Why put in the effort when people buy the game regardless?
This Twitter user frames it perfectly:
— oof (@Iegendarynorris) September 9, 2019
When push comes to shove, there’s only one real solution to fix NBA 2K20 once and for all:
— Eugene (@eugenedpillai) September 9, 2019
2K had better hope more once-loyal fans don’t reach the same conclusion.