20 Jul 2021 4:43 AM +00:00

The NBA 2K22 Neighborhood May Take On Serious Changes

NBA 2K22 has finally been revealed, and with its first reveals came a release date. With the schedule set, now it's a matter of when 2K will reveal more about the new NBA 2K22 features.

One area that could use some big improvements in NBA 2K22 is The Neighborhood, and by extension The Park, the Rec Center, Pro-AM, and more for current gen gamers.

But more than anything, NBA 2K22 current gen players on PS4, Xbox One, and PC all want one thing from The Neighborhood this year - bringing The City from a next gen exclusive feature to include everyone instead.

Here's everything we know so far and hope to see from the NBA 2K22 Neighborhood.

The Neighborhood could have big improvements in NBA 2K22

NBA 2K22 is a massive opportunity for 2K to really expand on the new features introduced alongside next gen consoles in NBA 2K21.

NBA 2K21 The Neighborhood Park Courts
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PROVING GROUNDS: The Neighborhood has been the standard for online gameplay in NBA 2K, but times are changing

In NBA 2K21, the development team effectively made two games, one for current gen players, one for next gen players.

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While next gen features have captivated NBA 2K players since their reveals, a large majority of the playerbase remains on current gen consoles (and PC, which also runs exclusively current gen editions).

With this in mind, here's some improvements we hope to see for the NBA 2K22 Neighborhood, including its many game modes and areas, like The Park, PRO-AM, The Rec Center, stores, and more.

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NBA 2K22 City Moving to Current Gen

The City in NBA 2K21 next gen was a huge advancement that capitalized on the power of next gen consoles.

NBA 2K21 The City Affiliations Knights Building
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NEW LEVEL: The City pushed The Neighborhood to new heights in NBA 2K21

With this huge improvement on The Neighborhood, many players are hoping NBA 2K22 will expand The City to current gen players as well on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This would unite players and be great for current gen gamers even with limited access. It would also hopefully accompany the new MyPLAYER builder from NBA 2K21 next gen arriving on NBA 2K22 current gen as well.

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Matchmaking in The Park

Players have advocated for a matchmaking system in The Park in NBA 2K for years - and NBA 2K22 would be a great opportunity to finally deliver on it.

This system would avoid the many issues that come up trying to get games in The Park, including waiting for courts to clear, finding open slots that aren't taken by premade teams, and getting players to agree to come together at all.

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Expanding NBA 2K22 MyCAREER

MyCAREER is a favorite game mode in the NBA 2K series, and not just for grinding badges and attributes for online play.

NBA 2K21 MyCAREER Junior
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MAKE YOUR MARK: MyCAREER gives players a chance to rise to the NBA - and expectations are high for NBA 2K22

NBA 2K22 MyCAREER has all the room to be a huge, in-depth leap for the series with new cinematics, dialogue, choices should they come.

Regardless of whether NBA 2K22 looks to reinvent the wheel with MyCAREER this year, we expect a story at least as high quality as NBA 2K21's. This hopefully comes with some more depth later on in your MyPLAYER career, and maybe even a return of teammate dialogue and choices.

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More Neighborhood Events

NBA 2K21 still has frequent events in The Neighborhood to keep things fresh and offer some kinds of players boosts for their hard working grinding characters up.

In NBA 2K22, this is an area where we could see some more development and innovation, bringing more unique and exciting events to The Neighborhood this year.

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