The current NBA season is almost at an end, with only the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks — the two remaining teams in the playoffs — left standing and fighting for the title. That also means NBA 2K22, the next installment in 2K’s long-running basketball video-game series, is just around the corner.
(Update, July 21: All-new NBA 2K22 features and first screenshots revealed! Look.)
NBA 2K recently announced the full roster of cover athletes for NBA 2K22, naming international superstar and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Dončić as the game’s global cover for the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundle.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant, on the other hand, will be featured in the popular sports sim’s NBA 75th Anniversary Edition.
WNBA star and two-time MVP Candace Parker was also named the first female basketball player to grace the cover of the video-game franchise. She will appear in the special edition of NBA 2K22 to celebrate the WNBA’s 25th season when the game becomes available in physical and digital formats.
Extremely proud and humbled to be the first female cover athlete in the history of @NBA2K— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) July 14, 2021
I’m honored to work with a company that’s investing in women and betting on us to succeed. I’m hopeful there will be many more badass females to follow 💪🏽💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/WJan4YE7Qt
In Japan, players can get a copy of the game that features Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura — the first Japanese player to be drafted in the first round of the NBA draft — on the cover.
How much are the NBA 2K22 editions?
All versions of NBA 2K22 are scheduled for worldwide release on September 10, but preorders start today, July 15. As a preorder bonus, players will receive 5,000 VC points and 5,000 MyTeam points, plus 10 weekly MyTeam promo packs and other perks. See pricing details below:
- The Standard Edition is priced at $59.99 (around P3,006) on last-gen systems, including the PlayStation 4, Xbox One consoles, Nintendo Switch, and PC. For PS5 and Xbox series console owners, the next-gen version costs $69.99 (P3,507) on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. Sorry, PC users.
- The Cross-Gen Digital Bundle is $79.99 (P4,012) and grants players access to the Standard Edition across previous- and latest-gen consoles on the same platform. This is the version to get if you’re planning on picking up a PS5 or Xbox Series X or S later this year or in early 2022.
- The NBA 75th Anniversary Edition sells for $99.99 (P5,015) and allows dual-gen access on Sony and Microsoft consoles. This release includes 100,000 VC points, 10,000 MyTeam points, 10 MyTeam tokens, and other MyTeam and MyPlayer bonuses. Both the 75th Anniversary Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundle showcase cover artwork by Atlanta-based artist Charly Palmer.
What are the NBA 2K22 features?
In addition to releasing information about the game’s release date and editions, NBA 2K also announced the upcoming title’s general features across different platforms.
In basketball-crazed Philippines, NBA 2K has been one of the most hotly anticipated video-game series in recent years. We look forward to what NBA 2K22 has to offer, but we’re also tempering our enthusiasm, as we still have yet to see any actual gameplay footage that (hopefully) highlights the game’s new features.
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