Pre-Order to Play NBA 2K21 ASAP
If you want to play NBA 2K21 ASAP you'll want to pre-order the game.
Unlike past years, there isn't an early release date attached to the higher-end bundle. Both editions for current-gen platforms will be released on the same day. That means your first chance to play NBA 2K21 will be September 4th or September 3rd.
If you pre-order a digital copy of the game, you can pre-load it before the game's release date. The game unlocks at Midnight Eastern on September 4th which means those in western time zones will be able to play it the evening of September 3rd.
If you pre-order a physical copy of NBA 2K21 you won't get your delivery until the morning, afternoon, or night of September 4th.
For some of you, that might not be fast enough. If it's not, go with a digital copy. For more on the download, check out our guide.