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NBA 2K22 looks forward to a Next Gen release date

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We're closer to the NBA 2K22 release date than ever, and the anticipation is starting to bubble to the surface.

The wait could be over soon, but here's what we know so far about the NBA 2K22 release date.

Latest News - League MVP Jokic now in Cover conversation

Following his surprising honor as the new NBA MVP for 2021, Nikola Jokic has now found his way smack dab in the middle of the conversation for NBA 2K22 Cover Athlete.


There have been leaks and reports pointing instead to two major Dallas Mavericks stars, but nothing is set in stone just yet.

We'll hopefuly get some news very soon, but in the meantime Jokic has to be considered a major contender to be the face of NBA 2K22.

Release Date

The NBA 2K22 Release Date hasn't officially been revealed, but that doesn't mean we can't get a good idea of when to expect it based on previous years.

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NOTHING BUT NET: When can gamers get their hands on NBA 2K22?

September has been the standard for NBA 2K games for quite some time, and the last three editions of NBA 2K have landed during the first week of September.

With NBA 2K21 and NBA 2K19 hitting on a Friday, though NBA 2K20 hit on a Thursday, we can probably expect NBA 2K21 to release on the first or second Friday of September.

That means the most likely NBA 2K22 Release Date is either September 3, 2021 or September 10, 2021.


NBA 2K22 Demo

While they haven't typically done a beta testing period for NBA 2K, last year's NBA 2K21 did see a proper demo released a little over a week prior to launch.

The demo for NBA 2K21 hit on August 24, 2020, which means a potential demo for NBA 2K22 would likely follow a similar time frame.

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If we do get a demo for NBA 2K22, it'll probably land between August 27, 2021 and September 3, 2021, ahead of the NBA 2K22 Release Date.

Early Access

While it's become a new standard in sports games to provide early access to players who choose to get a pre order of the title, NBA 2K hasn't stuck with that trend.

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GAME TIME: Will players be able to get early access to NBA 2K22?

NBA 2K21 didn't provide early access to the full title, but instead chose the route of giving players the demo in the week before release.

While things could change, it doesn't currently look like we'll see an early access bonus for NBA 2K22.


Pre Order

There aren't any official details on the pre order of NBA 2K22 just yet, but we can look at last year's release of NBA 2K21 to get an idea of when that will change.

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NBA 2K21 pre orders got started on June 2, 2020, which makes June 2021 a very likely time to expect pre orders for NBA 2K22 to go live.

We also don't yet have details on what kinds of pre order bonuses will be provided, but past years have seen plenty of in-game goodies packed in for those who sign on early.


NBA 2K21 made the first leap onto Next Gen consoles with a release on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, but it came following the game's initial launch on current gen consoles and platforms.

Last year, we saw NBA 2K21 release on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Stadia.

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We can likely expect the same field of platforms with NBA 2K22, as many gamers will not yet have jumped to Next Gen, so NBA 2K won't want to lose out on that business.

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