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16 Mar 2021

NBA 2K22 could make The City even bigger and better

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Will NBA 2K22 bring back The City?

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The City could be even bigger and better

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Repeating the success of NBA 2K21

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NBA 2K22 needs to integrate WNBA into The City

NBA 2K22 is due out later this year, and one of the most exciting recent additions to the franchise was The City which hit Next Gen versions of NBA 2K21.

The MMORPG-style online hub has already been a hit since it was revealed, but it has a chance to be even better with the release of NBA 2K22.

Will NBA 2K22 bring back The City?

This is the first question most players will have, and while it's not yet confirmed, it looks incredibly likely that The City will return in NBA 2K22.

The online mode was the next iteration of previous modes The Park and Neighborhood, and it only launched with the Next Gen release of NBA 2K21.

With an entire development cycle now to put out NBA 2K22 on Next Gen consoles at launch, instead of staggered after the Current Gen release, The City will surely be part of the focus.

The City could be even bigger and better

With the release of The City on NBA 2K21, Visual Concepts took the ideas of The Park and Neighborhood and expanded them into this major metropolis.

NBA 2K21 The City Screenshot NBA 2K22
MEGA METROPOLIS: Big cities never stop growing

Things really delivered with the size of The City in NBA 2K21, but that doesn't mean 2K Games will hold back from growing even more with NBA 2K22.

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More Boroughs?

We saw the launch of NBA 2K21 had The City hosting four different boroughs, and that was already a step up in size for the mode.

With NBA 2K22, we could see an expansion to even more, and this would allow more variety between the areas and give players more choices on where they want to focus.

Rival Affiliations

With four boroughs came four Rival Affiliations, and this is another thing that we could see expanded in NBA 2K22.

NBA 2K21 The City Affiliations Screenshot NBA 2K22
PICK YOUR AFFILIATION: Who will you side with in The City?

There's always a chance NBA 2K22 sticks to the current quartet, but expansion would give players more choices to decide which Affiliation best fits them.

The Power of Mayors

The City introduced Mayors in NBA 2K21, and this came with a democratic process to pick a new Mayor that served a six week term.

Mayors had the ability to create custom playlists and videos for court areas, adjust court and mural designs, and alter uniform selection, but that could grow in NBA 2K22.

Repeating the success of NBA 2K21

Even with a release a few months late as the title landed on Next Gen consoles, NBA 2K21's introduction of The City did a lot of things right.

The new mode was expansive in sheer size and the amount of things players could do, and it provided a truly unique single player experience that began to set NBA 2K21 apart from other sports titles.

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NBA 2K22 doesn't need to remove any of the things they did right in NBA 2K21, but there is room to make the mode even better as they aim for a Next Gen launch.

NBA 2K22 needs to integrate WNBA into The City

One of the additions to NBA 2K21 saw The W and MyWNBA enter the fray, but now NBA 2K22 has the opportunity to integrate WNBA MyPLAYERs into The City.

NBA 2K21 The W Screenshot
THE W MEETS THE CITY: WNBA can join The City in NBA 2K22

With the mode using entirely player-created stars, there's no reason why male and female MyPLAYERs can't be brought together in The City with the title's next release.

As launch day approaches and we learn more about NBA 2K22, we should find out if The City, or the WNBA features, are set to make some leaps forward this year.

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