From swapping your favorite player to a great team and witnessing Patty Mills’ 99 total appearances at the Tokyo Olympics, the 2021 NBA offseason has already been pretty eventful. Don’t think the hits are ready anytime soon, given that video game publisher 2K Sports has announced that the next iteration of their popular basketball franchise, NBA 2K22, will launch worldwide on September 10.
This time around, the next in line for the blockbuster gaming franchise will feature six different cover athletes across four editions of the game. In their constant attempt to surpass what is already one of the most comprehensive sports titles in the world. In game history, it looks like NBA 2K22 will triple the hit 2K Sports series.
Here’s everything we know about NBA 2K22 so far.
The NBA 2K22 Standard Edition and Intergenerational Digital Pack will feature Dallas Mavericks star Luka Dončić on its cover. Draped in thick pops of blue, white and red, the blanket itself is a nod to the 22-year-old’s native Slovenian flag. After being named an All-Star twice in three years in the NBA, Luka has received some pretty impressive praise, with former teammate and fellow cover athlete Dirk Nowitzki going so far as to say:
“I would say he’s better than me now than I ever was in my prime. This shows how good he is at 22 ”.
Nowitzki is actually slated to appear on a 2K cover this year himself, with a special edition of NBA 2K22 released in honor of the 75th anniversary of the NBA. The Mavericks legend will be alongside iconic players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Kevin Durant, who 2K Sports described in a press release as “three of the league’s most iconic great men who have revolutionized the league in their 75s. years”. This is KD’s third appearance on an NBA 2K cover, after NBA 2K13 and NBA 2K15, and surprisingly a first for Nowitzki and Abdul-Jabbar.
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2K Sports is also set to release a special version of NBA 2K22It’s Standard Edition in Japan which features Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards, the first Japanese player to be selected in the first round of an NBA Draft, on the cover. Perhaps even more notable is the decision to feature Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker in honor of the 25th anniversary of the WNBA – the first WNBA cover athlete in franchise history.
These special covers are all paintings by acclaimed artist Charly Palmer, whose work has largely focused on the history and culture of African Americans. More recently, Palmer’s painting “America Must Change”, featured on the cover of the July 2020 issue of Time magazine, has received critical acclaim.
“The culture around basketball is vibrant and transcends geographic boundaries,” said Alfie Brody, vice president of global marketing strategy for NBA 2K22. “This year, we want to showcase this global diversity through the incredible and unique art of Charly. “
The NBA 2K22 playlist will feature songs from Australian duo AB Original, as well as popular artists Travis Scott, Juice WRLD, Jack Harlow, J. Cole, Freddie Gibbs, Gunna, Nas, Metro Boomin, Aitch, Skepta and more. others. Players will be able to experience music throughout the year via “First Fridays,” where new songs will be added to the soundtrack on the first Friday of each new season. Each update will feature a mix of established and growing talent to support music discovery and growth in the game.
“Basketball and music are so closely linked and have become an integral part of our game,” said Alfie Brody, vice president of global marketing for NBA 2K.
“NBA 2K has become a global platform for music discovery and that continues with NBA 2K22. This year, we’re creating a vibrant soundtrack, with early access to never-before-seen tracks, new artists and opportunities for fans to be a part of the experience and cement their place in video game history ”.
This year will also see the start of whole new ways for budding artists to be a part of the overall music experience of the virtual basketball game. With the new Producer series, a Beats Pack will be integrated into the game and will give players in the community the opportunity to record their best verses on the beats and show their talent.
Different editions of the game
The going price for the Standard Edition of 2K22 on previous gen consoles is $ 99.95, with 2K Sports not offering a free upgrade to the current gen versions, which will cost you $ 109. $ 95. If you’re planning on upgrading your console in the next year or so, it might be worth getting the Cross-Gen digital bundle for $ 124.99 or even getting into the 75th Anniversary Edition for 149.99. $.
2K Sports offers incentives to pre-order its latest NBA 2K installment. The different versions of the game obviously come with different perks, but the Standard Edition alone will bring you:
• 5,000 virtual currency
• 5,000 MyTEAM points
• 10 MyTEAM promotional packs (delivered one per week)
• A boost for each type of MyCAREER skill
• One Boost for each type of Gatorade Boost
• Luka Doncic MyPLAYER jersey
• 95 free agent card Luka Doncic MyTEAM
As for NBA 2K22 itself, 2K Sports said the game will deliver “top-notch visual presentation and player AI, historic teams and a wide variety of hoop experiences.” When the official Gameplay Reveal trailer releases later this month, fans can at least expect to see more versatility on the offensive and defensive sides of the pitch.
On the offensive side, 2K22 will put more emphasis on basketball IQ and left-stick dribbling skills, allowing players to break down dribbling defenders with new signature moves and combos as well as precision shots, traffic dips and more lane-oops skills. Along with that, they also added a whole new set of defensive tools that includes revamped shooting competition and blocking systems.
As for the specific experiences longtime fans can expect, 2K Sports has expressed vague feelings about improving features that you’re really used to now, as well as announcing some never before seen. “Seasons” is a new feature that extends to MyTeam, MyCareer and The W (available on PS5 and XBS), introducing all-new ways to improve your MyPLAYER and earn exciting MyPLAYER prizes with new drops long after the launch. initial release of the game.
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“Throughout the year in NBA 2K22, new challenges, rewards and events make each season fresh and unique in MyTeam,” adds Visual Concepts. “In addition to the many new features that debut in MyTeam on Day 1, even more additions are arriving throughout the year, including a new original game mode this holiday season.”
Arguably the most popular game mode, MyTeam – the basketball answer to the ultimate FIFA squad – is inevitably a major area of focus. MyTeam Draft is winding down on PS5 and Xbox Series X, allowing you to build a new squad from a constantly updated pool of players, a feature fans have long requested. In addition, MyTeam progression and collections will be transferable between consoles of the same family (i.e. PS4 and PS5, or Xbox One and Xbox Series X) as well as VC wallet balances, MyTEAM Point and MyTEAM Token.
One of the biggest differences felt between older and newer generation console users is in the traditional neighborhood feature – where you upgrade your created player and take part in online matches – replaced with the city on PS5 and XBS. While PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC users will experience Neighborhood on a virtual cruise ship, the City is touted as bigger than ever and now incorporates MyCareer into what is being sold as a unique and cohesive experience.
In MyCareer, players will be able to customize their homes and even take on side projects, such as starting their own fashion business or pursuing hip hop as a side business in new 2K storylines. While it sounds potentially unbearable, rest assured it can’t get any worse than its real-life counterpart.
More details on the game are yet to come, with a gameplay trailer slated to debut later this month. Pre-orders are now open for all platforms.