The next entry into the yearly NBA 2K series is going to up its story game with the help of film director Spike Lee.
According to a report from the Associated Press, Lee is writing and directing the single-player campaign for NBA 2K16, turning the game mode that lets players develop their own NBA legends into something that could be a lot deeper.
The single-player campaign will tell the story of a player named Frequency Vibrations. “It’s about the trials and tribulations of life on a big stage with the money, fame, temptations, family members, the press, fans, all that stuff,” Lee told the AP.
This is more or less unprecedented in an annual sports game like the NBA 2K series, although Hollywood and television talent has long been involved with games—for instance, March’s Battlefield: Hardline employed writers from shows like Justified and The West Wing as narrative consultants.
Sports games generally aren’t known for their thrilling narratives, but it sounds like the story mode in NBA 2K16 might turn out more like a sports film instead.