The Detroit Pistons introduced an exciting new gaming experience on Monday at the Palace of Auburn Hills featuring all five of the starters.
The Detroit Pistons joined forces with Eko, a new interactive entertainment platform from Interlude, to produce an original cinematic game experience called “One-On-One with the Detroit Pistons”.
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Featuring live-action gameplay, players can challenge Reggie Jackson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tobias Harris, Marcus Morris and Andre Drummond in one-on-one matches. Players can try to beat the Pistons’ starters at their own game on both offense and defense.
Even for people who aren’t all that interested in an online or mobile gaming experience, it’s an interesting look at the unique technique, footwork and positioning that each player brings to the floor when they suit up for the Pistons. Unlike games like NBA 2K, no graphics engine is used to produce the players’ moves, so every frame was recorded in live-action over the course of about six hours of filming the five Piston starters this offseason.
The game was unveiled at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Monday afternoon to members of the media and the Pistons invited the Royal Oak High School basketball team to come help demonstrate the game.
Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and Tobias Harris were on hand to answer questions and did some trash talking with the Royal Oak kids and with each other, as you see below when the game beats Drummond and Jackson lets him know about it.
This is the first version of the game, meaning that the Detroit Pistons were the first and thus far only team to get on board with Eko on this new venture into gaming technology.
In the words of Interlude CEO and co-founder Yoni Bloch:
"“The Detroit Pistons are at the forefront of sports franchises in their approach to innovative technology and entertainment as new generations of sports fans continually seek ways to connect with their favorite players and teams. Our goal with ‘One-On-One’ is to give participants and basketball fanatics a digital, yet very true to life one-on-one experience on the court. With Eko, we are constantly pushing the limits of digital entertainment and we are thrilled to work with the Detroit Pistons to deliver our latest creation to sports fans.”"
The game is available to be played for free at Pistons.com/1on1 and can be played on desktop, Android devices and iPhone.
Try it out and let us know what you think of it in the comments section.