14 Jul 2021 8:27 PM +00:00

NBA 2K22 Demo should show MyPLAYER changes, gameplay

NBA 2K22 has finally been made official, but many fans are still hoping to get in on the action early with a demo.

Unfortunately, the latest news about the NBA 2K22 demo isn't likely what fans were hoping to hear.

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Latest news - New leak indicates no demo is coming

Some of the biggest news this year about NBA 2K22 has come through the @2KIntel account on Twitter, and their cover leaks and other details have all been spot on so far.

Sadly, their latest leak may be a disappointing one for some fans.

In a reply to that tweet, they showed a Q&A answer stating that 2K decided "not to release the demo version this year, but instead focus on creating fully-functional games of this generation and previous generations."

While a focus like that is good news, it means players will need to wait a bit longer to start playing NBA 2K22 when the release date arrives on September 10, 2021.

NBA 2K22 Demo

There hasn’t always been a beta testing period for NBA 2K, but last year’s NBA 2K21 did see a proper demo released ahead of the game’s launch.

Trae Young sizes up Bucks' forward Giannis Antetokounmpo in NBA 2K21.
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DEMO QUICK GAME: The Milwaukee Bucks were one of the teams available to play with in NBA 2K21's demo.

The demo can give NBA 2K fans a chance to try out the game before committing to it fully and buying it.

It’s often released with plenty of time to test out the game's new MyPLAYER builds and gameplay features.

Beta or Demo Release Date


The NBA 2K21 demo was released a little over a week before the game came out, which is the same kind of window we can likely expect for NBA 2K22.

NBA 2K21 released on September 4, 2020, and the demo was available starting on August 24, 2020.

With NBA 2K22 landing in a similar release window, we can expect a potential NBA 2K22 demo to be released between August 27, 2021 and September 3, 2021.


Last year’s demo came with multiple gameplay options to test out NBA 2K21.

NBA 2K21’s demo let users play five quick games with the following four teams: the Milwaukee Bucks, the Los Angeles Clippers, the All-Time Lakers, and the All-Time Celtics.

Jaylen Brown closely guards Kobe Bryant in NBA 2K21.
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QUICK GAME TEAMS: The All-Time Celtics and All-Time Lakers may be available in NBA 2K22's demo.

Last year’s demo also allowed players to try out 2KU while it was downloading. 2KU guided players through new features and gameplay tricks. Fans should expect a similar mode to show them where the NBA 2K series is at in 2022.

Between five quick games and 2KU, users should get a detailed glimpse at what NBA 2K22's gameplay has to offer. And that's not all we expect in the NBA 2K22 demo.

MyPLAYER Builder

In the NBA 2K21 demo, users could also try out the MyPLAYER builder, and we should anticipate a similar function in this year’s NBA 2K22 demo.

NBA 2K21 Demo MyPLAYER Builder badges
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CONSTRUCT: The MyPLAYER Builder is a great way to preview changes with new badges, builds and more

The MyPLAYER builder let users try out all the new MyPLAYER builds and look at all the badges that were added and removed from the game.

The NBA 2K21 demo also let users test out their MyPLAYER in a MyPLAYER-style exhibition game, which allowed players to feel the builds in action even before buying the game.

If you're already planning to snag NBA 2K22 close to when the game is released, check out the latest news on when you should be able to pre order the upcoming title.