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Everything you need to know about NBA 2K22

A new year of basketball means a new game is here.

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Get your sneakers ready for the jump ball: NBA 2K22 is coming. Below, we detail all you need to know about the game including its launch day, cover athletes, editions, pre-order bonuses, and more. Are you ready to embark on yet another VC grind this fall? Then you’ve come to the right place.

When is the NBA 2K22 release date?

According to its official announcement release, NBA 2K22 releases September 10, 2021 across PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. That date may change as it gets closer, but the team at Visual Concepts has typically been pretty good at sticking to its originally announced date.

Is there an NBA 2K22 trailer?

Not yet. Typically fans get their first glimpse at a proper gameplay trailer about one month before launch. There is an “Anyone, Anywhere” teaser clip, but it doesn’t offer any hints as to what the game actually looks like. In a recent Courtside Report blog post, 2K confirmed a gameplay trailer is set to debut “later in August.”

This is the closest thing we have to a trailer for NBA 2K22.

What are the NBA 2K22 pre-order editions?

This year NBA 2K22 exists across three different editions:

  • Standard Edition: $60
  • Cross-gen Bundle: $80
  • NBA 75th Anniversary Edition: $100

Here’s what each one offers as a pre-order bonus:

Standard

This is the cover that most gamers will see when buying the standard game for $60.2K Sports/Visual Concepts
  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Promo Packs (delivered one a week)
  • A Boost for each MyCAREER Skill type
  • A Boost for each Gatorade Boost type
  • Luka Doncic MyPLAYER Jersey
  • 95-rated Luka Doncic MyTEAM Free Agent Card

Cross-Gen

(Offers access to last-gen and current-gen versions of the game within the same console family.)

The cross-gen version features last-gen and current-gen versions of the game for $80.2K Sports/Visual Concepts
  • 10,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Tokens
  • Sapphire Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant MyTEAM Cards
  • 22 MyTEAM Promo Packs (Receive 10 at launch, then three per week for four weeks)
  • Diamond Jordan Shoe MyTEAM card
  • Coach Card MyTEAM Pack
  • 10 Boosts for each MyCAREER Skill Boost type
  • 10 Boosts for each Gatorade Boost type
  • Four Cover Athlete T-Shirts for your MyPLAYER
  • MyPLAYER backpack and arm sleeve
  • Custom-design skateboard for MyPLAYER

75th-anniversary bundle (also offers cross-gen benefit between same console family)

Spend $100 and you can get the 75th anniversary edition that honors three of the NBA’s most influential Big Men.2K Sports/Visual Concepts
  • 100,000 VC
  • 10,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Tokens
  • Sapphire Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant MyTEAM Cards
  • 22 MyTEAM Promo Packs (Receive 10 at launch, then 3 per week for 4 weeks)
  • Diamond Jordan Shoe MyTEAM card
  • Coach Card MyTEAM Pack
  • 10 Boosts for each MyCAREER Skill Boost type
  • 10 Boosts for each Gatorade Boost type
  • Four Cover Athlete T-Shirts for your MyPLAYER
  • MyPLAYER backpack and arm sleeve
  • Custom-design skateboard for MyPLAYER

Who are the NBA 2K22 cover athletes?

Buy NBA 2K22 at GameStop, and you can get this WNBA-themed cover featuring Candace Parker.2K Sports/Visual Concepts

As seen above, standard and cross-gen bundles feature Luka Dončić. The 75th-anniversary version has artwork with legendary Big Men Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant. If you buy the Standard Edition at GameStop, there’s also a version with WNBA superstar Candace Parker on the front.

What about the NBA 2K22 soundtrack?

While a soundtrack for the game has not been revealed at the time of publication, one can expect those details to arrive in late July or early August based on how these games are generally promoted. It’ll be announced via a playlist on Spotify when the time comes.

When will we learn about other modes like MyTeam and MyCareer?

Just like in past years, 2K and Visual Concepts will be rolling out new NBA 2K22 details over the next several weeks. Here’s a rough estimate of what to expect based on previous launches.

  • A gameplay-focused blog in mid-August
  • A MyTeam-focused blog the third week in August
  • A MyCareer-focused blog at the end of August

However, 2K published its first Courtside Report on July 20 to give players a taste of what to expect in advance of the deep dives presumed to arrive later.

Gameplay

  • “New signature moves and combos, precision jump shooting, dunking in traffic, and pulling off alley-oops have all become more skill-based,” the blog post reads. This means the skill stick is getting an upgrade.
  • A revamped shot contest and blocking system highlight the defensive changes.

Seasons

  • Seasons debuted in MyTeam in NBA 2K21, but they’re being featured in MyTeam, MyCareer, and the W on the next-gen versions of the game. On PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC, Seasons will be extended to MyTeam and MyCareer.
  • More info on Seasons is also expected to arrive “later in August.”

MyTeam

  • MyTeam Draft returns: Select your lineup from a constantly updated pool of players. Compete with your team online to earn rewards for your MyTeam collection.
  • New seasons will evolve the mode throughout the entire year, with a new mode set to debut this holiday.
  • There will still be next-gen and current-gen versions of NBA 2K22, but your VC wallet, MyTeam Points, and MyTeam tokens will transfer between consoles in the same family.

City/Neighborhood

  • A new City with NPCs and a ques system.
  • Matchmaking for cerain modes comes to the City.
  • The Neighborhood (current-gen) takes place on a cruise ship. There will be an Excursion counter that allows players to participate in events off the ship.
  • 2K says fans can expect a City deep dive “in early September.”

MyCareer

  • The next-gen career will be deeply intertwined with the new City, while current-gen features a “traditional” MyCareer experience.
  • Players can have side ventures in other industries like fashion or hip-hop.
  • Each player has a more defined home base.
  • 2K says fans can expect a MyCareer deep dive “in early September.”

WNBA

  • Staffing will be more important.
  • A MyNBA/WNBA deep dive is expected “in early September.”

Will there be an NBA 2K22 demo?

NBA 2K fans have made a habit out of downloading the latest game’s yearly demo to get a first look at the MyPlayer builder, its badges and potential god builds for the upcoming game. The demo for NBA 2K21 was released around August 24, so we expect a similar release time frame this year give or take a few weeks. Even though the 2K21 demo was a bit light compared to past years, we’d be surprised if 2K ditched it altogether.

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