26 Jul 2021 4:34 PM +00:00

NBA 2K22 features revealed, big changes coming

NBA 2K22 is closing in on a release date in a few short months, and we're slowly learning more about what's coming this year.

Even with little in-game footage shown, this is all the details we have right now about NBA 2K22.

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Latest - Giannis could be highest rated

Now that the NBA Finals have come to a close, things start to look forward to next season and the eventual launch of NBA 2K22.

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TO THE TOP: It's a long way, but Giannis was ready for the journey

One hotly debated topic each year is always ratings, and there are a plethora of reasons that Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has an argument for being this year's highest rated.

We looked closer at that here, as well as other players that deserve to be in that highest rated conversation.


NBA 2K22 Covers, Editions

The countdown to NBA 2K22 is well and truly on, with five stunning covers revealed for the game.

Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks graces the cover of both the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundles this year, but that's just the beginning.

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TAKE YOUR PICK - Luka Doncic plus three NBA legends share the Cover Athlete duties

To celebrate the founding of the NBA, the NBA 2K22 75th Anniversary Edition will have legends Dirk Nowitzki and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the cover along with current NBA veteran Kevin Durant.


Meanwhile, WNBA legend and Chicago Sky's own Candace Parker will be on the cover of a special Standard Edition sold exclusively in North America through GameStop, and Rui Hachimura is getting a regional Standard Edition cover in Japan.

You can find more details here about all of the various cover athletes for NBA 2K22.

NBA 2K22 Release Date

The official NBA 2K22 release date is Friday, September 10, 2021.

While many fans hoped that Early Access would be available for those who pre order a Special Edition, that won't be the case for NBA 2K22.

There were also hopes of an NBA 2K22 demo, but as of now it looks like that won't be happening this year either.

It looks like fans will have to wait for the actual release date to start playing, but at least everyone will hit the court together.


New Gameplay Features Revealed

2K have revealed all of the new features coming in NBA 2K22, including many changes to its core game modes!

Check out all of the changes coming to next gen and current gen editions here.

This list includes big expansions for The City, The Neighborhood, MyCAREER, MyTEAM, and plenty more - but some things like The City and MyNBA will remain next gen exclusives.

Pre Order Now!

Along with the string of reveals, NBA 2K22 is now available to pre order through multiple retailers.

You can find more details here about what comes with each edition, or you can follow any of the links below to pre order the version you want from your retailer of choice.

GameStop NBA 2K22 Pre Orders


Microsoft Store NBA 2K22 Pre Orders

You can also pre order from the official NBA 2K22 site itself right here, and we expect more retailers to go live soon.


The very first NBA 2K22 reveal trailer went live on July 14, 2021, and it's already building anticipation towards release.


We're hoping to get more soon, particularly some looks at actual gameplay and some of the game modes and features we'll see this year.

Check out the latest on NBA 2K22 trailers here, including behind the scenes footage with some of this year's cover athletes.

What to Expect

NBA 2K21 Next Gen was rebuilt from the ground up with a brand new collision system, the Impact Engine, driving motion and contact on the court.

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LARGER THAN LIFE: We expect the innovation of The City to carry on in NBA 2K22

NBA 2K21 badges were also entirely reworked, with plenty getting cut entirely, and new badges to take their places.

Along with this NBA 2K21 next gen introduced the massive innovation of The City, MyPLAYER builds, MyNBA, and plenty more.

With all of these innovations, it's hard to predict what's to come in NBA 2K22 - and what features will be cut or reworked before the franchise's next big drop.

Some areas that will no doubt see improvement and some level of innovation are MyCAREER, online gameplay in The Park and The Rec, and The City.



NBA 2K21 was an absolute slam dunk, releasing new features for current and next gen consoles that will shape the series for years to come.

This gives us very high hopes for NBA 2K22.

With this in mind, we broke down a full wishlist for the top 5 things we want to see in NBA 2K22 - including less focus on VC, improving guard gameplay online, and more.

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