12 Sep 2021 8:47 AM +00:00

NBA 2K22: The City looks bigger and better than ever before

NBA 2K22 is finally out for everyone to enjoy, and one of the most highly anticipated game modes is The City.

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The next-gen exclusive mode will return after debuting last year, and it looks like NBA 2K22 is taking The City to new heights in every way.

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Check out our review of NBA 2K22 covering everything in the next-gen version including the return of The City.

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The City trailer has been revealed!

The wait is over, you can watch the official NBA 2K22 trailer for The City now to see what this year's version will look like!

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There are tons of great glimpses, but we're not really sold on the nickname your character has been given.

NBA 2K22 brings back The City

The City will return in NBA 2K22 and players are already getting excited about some of the new potential updates being brought to the game mode.

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Sharp-eyed fans have noticed that the pre order rewards for NBA 2K22 include a custom-design skateboard for MyPLAYER, which is an item used to navigate The City.

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.

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NBA 2K21 The City Screenshot NBA 2K22
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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.

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PICK YOUR AFFILIATION: Who will you side with in The City?

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

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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 number 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

This rings especially true as WNBA star Candace Parker is the first ever female cover athlete in series history, available exclusively on a physical edition through GameStop in North America.

If you're ready to reserve your copy, head here to pre order today!

Season 1 of NBA 2K22 is rapidly approaching

Players that enjoy the RPG-style of The City will love that Season 1 is coming up very soon. By participating in The City games, players can earn XP towards leveling up during the season.

The first season starts with the release date of NBA 2K22 on September 10th. Be sure to level up to Level 40 while you can as each season only lasts six weeks. NBA 2K22 has released that apparel will be part of the rewards giving you more gear to rep as you walk around The City.

The roadmap for the Seasons in NBA 2K22
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The Seasons give players an opportunity to claim rewards that will now span across MyCAREER, MyTEAM, and The W.

For a detailed look at the upcoming Season 1, read our full report here.