NBA 2K22 Cover & Release Date Have Arrived + New Features

(This post will be updated with details as they emerge)

NBA 2K22 threw a curveball, eh knuckle ball like a Tim Hardaway three-pointer, when it announced the NBA 2k22 cover.

It featured multiple professional basketball players as part of a collage. As well as several other alternate covers with individual players.

So many NBA 2K22 covers, so little time!

Durant was on the cover of NBA 2K in the past, on NBA 2K13 (along with Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose) and NBA 2K15.

Nowitzki and Doncic are the first Mavericks to appear on the cover in the history of the game.

Here are the variations:

NBA 2K22 COVER – STANDARD EDITION

Luka Doncic and all of his majesty, in a watercolor. The only question is, will that female ref that he had mad chemistry with now bang him?

Jump into NBA 2K22 Standard edition where the game never stops:

NBA 2K22 NBA 75TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Take the game to the next level and become a legend with the NBA 2K22 NBA 75th Anniversary Edition:

Per Dirk, ““A huge honor for me, of course, with Kevin Durant and Kareem, some of the best to have ever played the game,” Nowitzki said, per The Dallas Morning News.

“You have Luka on the real cover, so two Mavs at the same time on the cover, which is super special.”

NBA 2K22 WNBA 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Jump into NBA 2K22 Standard Edition where the game never stops:

NBA 2k22 Bonus Tweet From Dirk:

When Does NBA 2K22 Come Out/The NBA 2K22 Release Date: 9/22/21

You’ll be headed back to the court by this time in September. The official NBA 2K release date is the same across all supported platforms – that’s Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X – and it’s coming on September 22.

The official NBA 2K release date is the same across all supported platforms – that’s Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X – and it’s coming on September 22.

NBA 2k22 Screenshot of Luka
NBA 2k22 Screenshot of Luka

The game will be available in three different editions at launch, and if you’re planning to upgrade your console (while staying within the same console family) any time soon, you may want to pay extra for the Cross-Gen Digital Bundle for $79.99 or the NBA 2K22 NBA 75th Anniversary Edition for $99.99.

The standard version will be $59.99 on last-gen and PC or $69.99 on new-gen, and both it and the cross-gen bundle will feature Luka Dončić as their cover athlete.

NBA 2k22 Feature: The City Career Mode As Hip Hop Artist

In addition to standard career mode where you create your own player and have them become a legit baller from high school to college all the way to the pros, in 2K22 you can now pick from other side careers in entertainment.

Players can expand into fashion or music industry, rising to success as a hip-hop star or even a businessman.

Successes in these career paths will also have an impact on the home base in The City, which will evolve as players level up in other areas of business.

The City was launched in 2k21.

After finishing MyCareer tutorial, players entered The City. The City was essentially a basketball version of Grand Theft Auto (for all the old heads reading) featuring an open-world format centered around The Park, with everything from the Event Center to Special Courts and the Gatorade Training Facility. The evolution of The Park was sweet.

Although waiting for more specifics, The City in 2K22 is supposedly going to feel more like the real world.

NBA 2k22 Screenshot of Candace
NBA 2k22 Screenshot of Candace Parker

The other big development upgrade/announcement is that The City and MyPLAYER will be even more connected with NBA 2K22 game play, leading to the expansion into side careers. NBA 2k22 players can do new side activities, like becoming a fashion designer or becoming a hip-hop icon.

NBA 2K22 includes the following digital items with pre-order:

• 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

*Pre-order bonus offer available through 9/9/21. Terms apply.

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