NBA 2K22 Release Date & Features: 10 Things to Know
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There isn’t an official NBA 2K22 release date yet, but here’s what you need to know right now about NBA 2K22 based on traditions, rumors, and what we expect from the annual release.

NBA 2K21 is still the flagship game, but that will almost certainly change later this year when 2K Sports and Visual Dynamics announce a new entry in the long-running series.

We don’t know have much in the way of official NBA 2K22 news and it could be weeks before we learn more about 2K Sports’ plans for the popular basketball sim.

While it’s early, we know a lot of gamers have questions about NBA 2K22 so we’re going to outline everything you can expect in this guide.

Here’s a closer look at what you can expect from NBA 2K22’s features, release date, editions, demo, and more.

NBA 2K22 Launch Date

If traditions hold, the initial NBA 2K22 announcement will likely come sometime in the first half of this year.

Last year, the company teased NBA 2K21 during Sony’s PS5 reveal in June with the above video demo. As you can see, it’s a trailer that shows some stunning graphics, it doesn’t give gamers much sense of actual gameplay.

For reference, NBA 2K18 was confirmed in early May, NBA 2K19 was confirmed on June 5th, and NBA 2K20 was revealed in mid-2019.

It’s worth noting that the initial announcements are typically light on details so don’t expect 2K Games and Visual Concepts to show much of the game in the early going.

NBA 2K22 Release Date

We don’t have an official NBA 2K22 release date yet and we won’t get one until the companies are ready to start talking about it.

As of right now, you can expect the NBA 2K22 release date to land sometime in September ahead of Black Friday and the 2021 holiday season.

It’s worth noting that the NBA 2K21 release date was staggered. The game launched on Xbox One, PS4 Windows PC, Switch, and Stadia in early September. It was then released for the Xbox Series X on November 10th and the PS5 on November 12th. Those versions had to wait for the new consoles to be released on these dates.

So while there’s a slim chance of staggered NBA 2K22 release dates, we’re more likely to see the game arrive for all supported gaming platforms at once.

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NBA 2K21 - PlayStation 5 Standard Edition
  • NEXT-LEVEL VISUALS & IMMERSION: The next generation of basketball has arrived. Featuring breathtaking graphics, NBA 2K basketball looks and feels like a completely new and lifelike experience.
  • WELCOME TO THE CITY: Explore a vast City comprised of multiple distinct Neighborhoods in this completely reimagined basketball role-playing experience.
  • A SMOOTHER, TOUGHER GAME: NBA 2K has never moved so well and felt this good.
  • MyCAREER: Embark on your journey through a new cinematic basketball storyline entitled The Long Shadow.

In the past, 2K Games has offered an early tipoff release date to those who pre-order deluxe versions of the game, but it didn’t offer an early release date for NBA 2K21 or NBA 2K20.

We also saw a far more muted release due to the coronavirus epidemic. Retailers like Best Buy often stay open late to accommodate shoppers who pre-order, but that wasn’t the case in 2020. We could see a similar approach in 2021 if things aren’t back to normal by the time NBA 2K22 hits store shelves.

NBA 2K22 Editions

You can expect two or three versions of NBA 2K22. There will be a no-frills standard edition and we’ll likely see one or two bundles with some extras. Of course, these will come at an additional cost.

NBA 2K21 comes in two flavors for last-gen and current-gen platforms. There’s a standard version and there’s a Mamba Forever Edition that serves as a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. The Mamba Forever Edition comes with extras that should have appeal to shoppers who plan to invest a ton of time in the game.

NBA 2K22 Mamba Forever Edition

We expect a Special Edition or two of NBA 2K22, similar to the Mamba Forever Edition.

For reference, here’s what comes with the NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition:

  • 100,000 Virtual Currency
  • 10,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Tokens
  • 60 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 30 Gatorade Boosts
  • 40 MyTEAM Promo Packs (10 at launch, then 3 per week)
  • Sapphire Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson MyTEAM cards
  • MyPLAYER Shoe Collection
  • MyPLAYER 72 HR 2X REP Boost
  • MyPLAYER backpack and ball
  • Kobe Bryant Digital Collection
    • 5 MyPLAYER Shoes
    • 3 MyPLAYER Jerseys
    • Black Mamba MyPLAYER Uniform
    • Rookie Lakers MyTEAM Jerseys
    • Black Mamba custom MyTEAM Jerseys
    • Sapphire Kobe MyTEAM Card (Evos to Ruby)
    • 5 MyTEAM Shoes (Incl. 1 Diamond)

The NBA 2K22 special edition’s extras won’t exactly mirror this, but look for the bundle’s extras to revolve around in-game currency and the game’s various game modes.

NBA 2K22 Pre-Orders

Don’t expect NBA 2K22 to go on sale for several months at least. NBA 2K22 pre-orders will start when the publisher announces the game and the editions. Don’t buy any NBA 2K22 pre-orders from eBay or other services promising early access to NBA 2K22 at this stage of the game.

You can expect them to provide pre-order bonuses to entice shoppers. To give you an idea about what to expect, here’s what was offered to those who pre-ordered a standard copy of NBA 2K21 for last-gen platforms like the PS4:

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Promo packs (delivered once a week)
  • 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 5 pair Shoe Collection
  • Damian Lillard Digital Collection
    • Lillard MyTEAM Free Agent Card
    • Custom Lillard MyPLAYER T-shirt
    • Tissot Chrono XL NBA Watch for MyPLAYER

Again, the NBA 2K22 pre-order bonuses probably won’t mirror this, but you can expect something similar.

NBA 2K22 Consoles

You can count on an NBA 2K22 release for current-gen platforms including PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia.

You can also expect a release on the Xbox One, Xbox One X, Xbox One S, PS4, PS4 Slim, and PS4 Pro. These aren’t the latest and greatest models, but we’ll likely see support for these platforms continue on for several years.

Remember, the NBA 2K series supported the PS3 and Xbox 360 until the release of NBA 2K19 in the fall of 2018. Those consoles had been supported since NBA 2K6 (Xbox 360) and NBA 2K7 (PS3).

So if you’re a huge fan of the NBA 2K series, there’s no need to panic if you can’t find an Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or PlayStation 5 in stock right now.

NBA 2K22 Price

Here’s an area where many shoppers are hoping for change.

NBA 2K21 has three different price points. The standard edition for last-gen consoles, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch is priced at $59.99 without a deal. The standard edition for PS5 and Xbox Series X is priced at $69.99. The Mamba Forever Edition is $99.99 across the board.

Take-Two defended the price hike for PS5 and Xbox Series X calling it “justified” because it reflects the “quality of the experience” on these platforms.

The company also says that it plans to alter pricing on a title-by-title basis which means current pricing for the NBA 2K series isn’t set in stone. That leaves the door wide open for changes to the NBA 2K22 price. Whether or not we see changes remains to be seen.

You can expect retailers to provide some deals before NBA 2K22’s official release date. Retailers often shave a few dollars off pre-orders.

That said, the bulk of NBA 2K22 deals will likely arrive around Black Friday in November, the holidays in December, and in 2022 as we approach the release of NBA 2K23.

NBA 2K22 Features

Last year, like previous years, it took several months for 2K Sports and Visual Dynamics to run down NBA 2K21’s features. We’re hoping they’re a little more transparent this year, but we’re not holding our breath.

Right now, we know almost nothing about the game though NBA 2K Gameplay Director Mike Wang has outlined one potential change coming in NBA 2K22:

You can expect numerous improvements and changes with a particular focus on current-gen platforms (Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PS5).

We’ll likely see current features reworked and we could see features cut from the game. You can also expect yearly upgrades to popular modes like MyCAREER.

We’ll update this post when we learn more.

NBA 2K22 Cover

There are multiple NBA 2K21 cover athletes and you can expect the same from NBA 2K22.

Blazers star Damian Lillard is on the cover of the standard edition for last-gen platforms while Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is on the standard edition for PS5 and Xbox Series X. Kobe Bryant is obviously featured on the Mamba Forever Edition.

We don’t know who will appear on the NBA 2K22 cover just yet, but you can expect multiple star players and an announcement sometime in May or June.

NBA 2K22 Demo

2K Sports typically releases a short demo of the next NBA 2K game ahead of the official release date. The demo lets players try a portion of the game.

Last year, the NBA 2K21 demo was released on August 24th, or two weeks ahead of the game’s official release date. Prior to that, 2K released the NBA 2K20 demo on August 21st and NBA 2K19 Prelude on August 31st.

You can expect the NBA 2K22 demo to go live somewhere in the same timeframe. It should also be a free download for most platforms.

NBA 2K22 Mobile

It’s unclear if we’ll see NBA 2K22 for iPhone, iPad, and Android.

The company hasn’t released a full-fledged version of NBA 2K21 for these platforms. Instead it has focused on its NBA 2K Mobile Basketball app. NBA 2K Mobile Basketball is free though it includes microtransactions.

The mobile version of NBA 2K is typically a stripped-down version of the game. While it has some elements from the console versions, it’s not identical. It’s also much cheaper.

We also expect a companion app for NBA 2K22 called My NBA2K22. Like its predecessors, it should be free for both iOS and Android.

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