Like the rest of the Sega Sports lineup, the NBA 2K series will be receiving a few additions and changes. One of the more interesting visual changes to the game comes in the form of specular lighting, which creates the illusion of sweat on the players. As the game progresses, the effect will steadily become more prominent, showing that an individual player has been out on the court for a while. In addition, the first few rows of fans in each stadium are constructed with polygons as opposed to sprites.
Visual Concepts will also be adding a few new animations, especially when players are posting up, and there will be some new moves in the game as well. For example, there's now a comeback move where a player can drive into the lane, stop, dribble away from the basket, and then put up a shot. Physics have also been slightly adjusted so that the ball will react a little more realistically when it makes contact with the rim.
Online play will be supported in both the PlayStation 2 and Xbox versions of the game. We'll have more on NBA 2K3 before its release this fall.