The real-world NBA season was recently suspended indefinitely due to the threat of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, especially after an NBA player on the Utah Jazz team contracted the virus. With the suspension of the season, each team is out of official work until things calm down. However, it looks like one team isn’t willing to just let reality get them down and out.
The Phoneix Suns have taken it upon themselves to continue their season by using modern technology…aka NBA 2K20. The basketball simulator has all the real teams and their members, consisting of authentic player stats. Thus, the real team will be using their virtual doppelgangers to go up against opposing teams in-game as they would’ve been doing so had the real NBA season not been suspended. These virtual matches will be live-streamed via Twitch.
While the Suns are making use of 2K20’s virtual realism, one part of the game is broken because of reality itself. With the aforementioned suspension of the real-world NBA season, a mode in 2K20 has been left non-functional for the time being. That mode is NBA Today, which used the real-world season schedule to allow players to simulate real-life matches. Now that the season has been suspended, the game mode has nothing to pull data from, which results in it causing 2K20 to crash.
2K Games has yet to release a statement as to what it intends to do with this mode. Perhaps it can be patched to at least function in a rudimentary way. Or maybe it would have to be disabled altogether until whenever the NBA season does pick back up again. There is no official word on when the season will return, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to storm across the US and the rest of the world.