Were you excited to play with No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving in NBA 2K12? Or maybe national champion Kemba Walker? Or bomb away 3s with Jimmer Fredette?
Not happening, at least for a while. And who is there to thank for this? The lockout, of course. Via gaming blog Pasta Padre:
Unlike the NFL Lockout, where EA Sports had rights to rookies for Madden NFL 12 regardless of whether there would be a season or not, the NBA lockout will cost its league licensed video game from introducing the incoming rookies.The plan is to release an update once the lockout is lifted adding the players in. But when the game drops Oct. 4, there very well could be no rookies in the game. Unless there's a resolution on the collective bargaining agreement. And who are we kidding on that? Probably not happening.
Gaming site Operation Sports says the inclusion of the rookies won't be a big deal. "No rookies will be in the retail version but will be added by a roster update after the lockout is over. According to 2K, the transition will be seamless and the rookies’ names and references are already in the game."
It's not the biggest deal in the world, but it illustrates how serious this stuff is and how much it affects. Quite honestly I don't fully understand the licensing differences between the NFL and NBA, but whatever it is, it means that NBA 2K12 will be without last June's draft.
And if the lockout drags on and on, you might not get to play with Jimmer, Irving, Williams or Kenneth Faried (hey, I like Kenneth Faried) until NBA 2K13, which would be ridiculous.
But hey, look on the bright side: You can play with John Stockton!