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NBA 2K22 Cover Athletes Include Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Candace Parker

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NBA 2K22 Cover Athletes Include Luka Doncic, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Candace Parker

2K has announced Luka Doncic as the NBA 2K22 cover athlete for both the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundle. The team also revealed Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the cover athletes for the NBA 75th Anniversary Edition. Candace Parker will be the cover athlete of the WNBA 25th Anniversary Special Edition. She is the first female cover athlete in the history of the franchise.

Making the global cover of NBA 2K22is special for me,” said Dončić. “I’m proud to represent my country in a special cover that honors the colors of the Slovenian flag. Basketball has given me so much, and I’m excited to give back and work together with 2K Foundations this year to help the lives of young kids around the globe.

The cover of NBA 2Kis such a pivotal platform to inspire young ballers, and I wanted future WNBA stars to know that they can be cover athletes too,” said Parker. “Representation matters,so this is a special moment of progress for the sport and the series. To be part of this historic cover is a testament to the growth and rising popularity of the women’s game,and I’m proud to be the first female cover athlete to be the face of NBA 2K.

The WNBA 25th Anniversary Special Edition will be available in the U.S. and Canada at GameStop and EB Games with physical units only. The special edition will be available on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S for $69.99 and includes an exclusive in-game seven WNBA jersey bundle, featuring WNBA stars Candace Parker, New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu, Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart, Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson, Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, in addition to “The W” MyPLAYER experience.

In Japan, players can also purchase a special version of the Standard Edition that features Washington Wizards Rui Hachimura, a rising star who was the first Japanese player to be drafted in the first round in 2019 and first Japanese player to reach the NBA Playoffs.

  • NBA 2K22 Standard Edition ($59.99) – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC
  • NBA 2K22 Standard Edition ($69.99) – PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
  • NBA 2K22 Cross-Gen Digital Bundle ($79.99) – Grants players access to the Standard Edition across previous-and new-gen within the same PlayStation and Xbox consoles
  • NBA 2K22 NBA 75th Anniversary Edition ($99.99) – Dual-gen access is included for both the Cross-Gen Digital Bundle and NBA 75th Anniversary Edition for the PS4/PS5 and Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S platforms and provides a version of the game on each console generation within the same console family. The NBA 75th Anniversary Edition for Nintendo Switch will only be available on digital format in the EMEA region.

A full breakdown of pre-order details can be seen on the official website.

The NBA 75th Anniversary Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundle features cover artwork painted by Atlanta-based artist, Charly Palmer, whose work in fine art is defined by complex compositions and a unique technique and style. Palmer’s work is exhibited across the nation; he is most recently known for his “Civil Rights” series of paintings and compositions titled “America Must Change,” which made waves as TIME Magazine’s cover in July 2020.

2K will be releasing additional announcements about NBA 2K22 in the coming weeks, including first looks at features, soundtrack, live service updates, and much more.

NBA 2K22 releases on September 10 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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  1. A WORLD OF BASKETBALL
    NBA 2K22 puts the entire basketball universe in your hands. PLAY NOW in real NBA and WNBA environments against authentic teams and players. Build your own dream team in MyTEAM with today’s stars and yesterday’s legends. Live out your own pro journey in MyCAREER and experience your personal rise to the NBA. Flex your management skills as a powerful Executive in MyGM and MyLEAGUE. Anyone, anywhere can hoop in NBA 2K22..
    what does that mean : Flex your management skills as a powerful executive in My GM and My League ?? i thought next gen version has MyNBA mode.. they changed back to My GM and My League ???
    KD is nowadays the best player in the world... I hope 2k22 will reflect that finally.
    I think this year I will purchase directly/only the next-gen version, I hope it will have good improvements comparing to 2k21 next and 2k22 current... TBH I am not too confident with them having to deliver two different games...
    Not liking the PC being grouped with last gen systems. I was hoping it’d be next gen. I like to relocate about seven teams in my league. I want to do it without enabling online saves cause I don’t want it lost when servers shut down. At least on pc there’s no relocation limit.
    Can anybody confirm the original nba2k22 will be cross Gen? Or do you have to get the NG bundle just to play with your friends on ps4? Because if that’s the case I think that’s a true RIP-OFF!
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    blk5tar5
    Can anybody confirm the original nba2k22 will be cross Gen? Or do you have to get the NG bundle just to play with your friends on ps4? Because if that’s the case I think that’s a true RIP-OFF!
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    That's like asking if the Xbox one version of 2k14 can play against the Xbox 360 version. It's a completely different game on a different system. How is that a rip off?
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    NYJin2011tm
    Not liking the PC being grouped with last gen systems. I was hoping it’d be next gen. I like to relocate about seven teams in my league. I want to do it without enabling online saves cause I don’t want it lost when servers shut down. At least on pc there’s no relocation limit.

    Was hoping PC version was next gen smh .... I have no energy to mod last gen anymore lol
    So, if 2k keeps with tradition, the cover athletes’ position becomes OP for that particular year. So, in other words, guards are about to get completely crapped on in 2K22. 🤷🏾*♂️
    Doubt it will happen but I would love some kind of 75th Anniversary mode that has you replaying some of the best games and moments from the 75 year history of the league, similar to NFL 2k5's ESPN 25th Anniversary mode. Maybe I'm in the minority but I've always loved modes like this. I feel like these types of challenges are instead used for My Team and it's just not the same.
    XtremeDunkz
    That's like asking if the Xbox one version of 2k14 can play against the Xbox 360 version. It's a completely different game on a different system. How is that a rip off?
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    Thanks for response but checking their actual website it is a rip off.
    The Standard Edition will be available for $59.99** on previous-gen platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox One consoles, Nintendo Switch, and PC) and $69.99** on new-gen consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S);
    The Cross-Gen Digital Bundle will be available for $79.99** and grant players access to the Standard Edition across previous- and new-gen within the same PlayStation and Xbox consoles;
    There been couple of games on the ps5/ps4 that are already cross Gen/play. Borderland / cod black ops to name of few. A standard edition for someone on ps4 just pays $59 in USA anywhere else a little more but the point is person on NG gets the same game can play with that person on the ps4 with any problems.
    2K just splitting the cost to generate more money into their pockets. Business move I understand but as a consumer naw.
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    scottyp180
    Doubt it will happen but I would love some kind of 75th Anniversary mode that has you replaying some of the best games and moments from the 75 year history of the league, similar to NFL 2k5's ESPN 25th Anniversary mode. Maybe I'm in the minority but I've always loved modes like this. I feel like these types of challenges are instead used for My Team and it's just not the same.
    Came in to say the same exact thing, pretty much word for word.
    They've used legends on the cover before with little discernable difference to classic play so I'm not exactly sitting around brimming with excitement, but I'll just acknowledge that if 2K were to get back on the special classic moments train, the 75th anniversary of the league would be a great time to do so.
    I've always thought there was a classic situations mode out there just ripe for the picking. Like the Jordan Challenge but across multiple eras and perhaps just precise moments rather than full games each time.
    1. Complete 13-point fourth quarter comeback with 2000 Lakers vs. 2000 Blazers (bonus for connecting on Kobe-to-Shaq lob, which could have a signature animation).
    2. Score 25 third quarter points with Isiah Thomas in 1988 Finals vs. Magic Johnson and Lakers (sprained ankle limp included).
    3. Complete Game 2 comeback with Dirk in 2011 Finals (beginning from when Dwyane hits that trey and celebrates).
    On and on it goes. Get some custom commentary, custom animations (like how Jordan would shrug when you hit the 3-point threshold against Portland in 2K11) and you could have yourself a pretty epic standalone video game sports experience.
    1000% with you and I think it could be a mix of moments and games. You list a few great moments but they can even do full games like score 81 with Kobe against the Raptors or score 60 with Kobe in his final game, with certain challenges or moments within the games. If they really wanted to they could even do bigger moments, like in the Jordan challenge, such as "come back from down 3-1 to the Warriors with the Cavs."
    I remember ESPN 2k5 having 25 moments for the 25th anniversary. I wouldn't expect 75 moments for the NBA's 75th anniversary but I don't think it would be that difficult to come up with 75 different scenarios to play through. Some could even be as simple as "hit the game winning shot with *this player* in *this situation*.
    It would easily be the most played mode for me. Something that's more engaging than a typical play now game but doesn't require the grind or time commitment of modes such as My Player, My Team, My NBA (My GM/My League). I always thought those modes were rather popular in 2k11 and 2k12 but maybe they don't think it's worth it.
    scottyp180

    1000% with you and I think it could be a mix of moments and games. You list a few great moments but they can even do full games like score 81 with Kobe against the Raptors or score 60 with Kobe in his final game, with certain challenges or moments within the games. If they really wanted to they could even do bigger moments, like in the Jordan challenge, such as "come back from down 3-1 to the Warriors with the Cavs."
    I remember ESPN 2k5 having 25 moments for the 25th anniversary. I wouldn't expect 75 moments for the NBA's 75th anniversary but I don't think it would be that difficult to come up with 75 different scenarios to play through. Some could even be as simple as "hit the game winning shot with *this player* in *this situation*.
    It would easily be the most played mode for me. Something that's more engaging than a typical play now game but doesn't require the grind or time commitment of modes such as My Player, My Team, My NBA (My GM/My League). I always thought those modes were rather popular in 2k11 and 2k12 but maybe they don't think it's worth it.
    I'm with you there. Though, I think one of the criticisms of the Jordan Challenge at the time was that once it was done, it was done (i.e. low replayability). But the fact it's still a fond memory for myself and others likely speaks to how sometimes it's about quality over quantity.
    That said, I imagine such a mode would likely need to find a middle ground where the moments mostly involve teams already in the game. It's not too much of a hassle to turn the '89 Pistons into the '88 Pistons for an Isiah Finals moment, but creating the Jalen Rose Raptors from scratch for Kobe's 81 could prove problematic.
    MLB The Show has a classic moments mode for individual players but it's almost always against modern teams. It kind of still works out because baseball is such an isolated sport (classic player vs. pitcher you can't recognize super well) but that obviously wouldn't translate in basketball quite as well.
    True. Referring to NFL 2k5 again I remember they filled out rosters with jersey numbers instead of actual players when necessary. So instead of Jerry Rice on the 49ers you might just have #80 instead. That works for a football game, especially one from the year 2004, but harder to get away with in a modern NBA game. But between the teams and players already in the game they should be able to put together a solid amount of moments and scenarios.
    I don't get the 1 and done criticism though since it's just one mode. Sure there might not be much reason to replay challenges once completed but the mode itself should offer hours of content regardless on top of all the other modes within the game. There are plenty of single player games that are essentially just 1 and done story modes that offer far less content than a 2k game and most people are completely fine with it. Some of the best games of all time are basically 1 and done story modes.
    That said I can understand if, from a business perspective, 2K doesn't think it would be worth the time and effort required to create such a mode. It's something that might only interest a small fraction of the fan base and likely isn't going to generate more sales for the game. However, it would be a cool way of honoring the history of the league, which is what an anniversary is all about, and it could be a bit of a history lesson for NBA fans both old and young.
    Rob. D
    Was hoping PC version was next gen smh .... I have no energy to mod last gen anymore lol
    Oh great...first Madden and now 2k is pulling the same stunt. That's fine I'm tired of both games anyway.
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    Goffs
    Oh great...first Madden and now 2k is pulling the same stunt. That's fine I'm tired of both games anyway.

    Yet another evidence of the fact that 2K doesn't minimally care anymore about the Sim community, since many of them play on PC.
    Frankly I hoped from 2K better because - while not many know this - PC sales earn them a lot of money every year and Steam gives a lot of visibility to the title, but I guess it was to be expected given that nowadays they tend to do the minimum amount of work to earn the maximum amount of profit.
    It's a shame how low 2K has gone.
    Well I planned to get 22 on PC only but only if it was next gen. I primarily play with expansion/relocating and I like PC for the no relocation limit. It’s going to take something extra now for me to buy it on the console.Something like Preseason games being back in.
    Mintsa
    I also wonder if current gen is out September 10th and next gen to follow ?? October ? November ??

    The answer is right in the article:
    "NBA 2K22 releases on September 10 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC."
    EurozDontFogertTheZ
    Why not just combined the standard version with crossgen version? 2k makes no sense

    Just purchase the next-gen version. The current gen will eventually be available on Game Pass.
    scottyp180
    The answer is right in the article:
    "NBA 2K22 releases on September 10 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC."

    This is what happens when you don’t read the article…..
    With Luka on the cover can Euro teams come back? It's unlikely I know because it didn't do well last time but It'd be cool.
    I'd love to see them in MyCareer.
    zello144
    With Luka on the cover can Euro teams come back? It's unlikely I know because it didn't do well last time but It'd be cool.
    I'd love to see them in MyCareer.

    They already have a mode in which nobody plays with the WNBA you can’t have two lol.
    loso_34
    Apparently there won’t be speed boosting on 2k22. There will be a lot of whining if true.
    They say this every freaking year and a patch comes along and the game plays the same as last year's version. I'm at age where I just don't give a f' anymore lol it's less frustrating if everyone did the same.
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    loso_34
    Apparently there won’t be speed boosting on 2k22. There will be a lot of whining if true.

    Heaven forbid that they learn how to actually get pass people without relying on a glitch and thinking they're nice on the sticks....
    loso_34
    Apparently there won’t be speed boosting on 2k22. There will be a lot of whining if true.

    I’m assuming speed boosting doesn’t refer to what happens when you press R2 (sprinting)?
    loso_34
    They already have a mode in which nobody plays with the WNBA you can’t have two lol.

    The more the merrier. Make it a next gen exclusive feature.
    zello144
    The more the merrier. Make it a next gen exclusive feature.

    So if nobody plays the one mode that they already have in the game, you're saying they should add a second mode? I don't think that's a wise allocation if resources. That's just me tho.
    jclazaris84
    pc won't be next gen??? that's GARBAGE, man. i'm so disappointed.
    I play on PC but the PC master race having the inferior version is kinda poetic. I've skipped 2k for 3 years, most likely gonna be 4 years.
    loso_34
    Apparently there won’t be speed boosting on 2k22. There will be a lot of whining if true.

    Sure, the game will be rebuilt FROM THE GROUND UP like every year. Everything will be fixed and play realistic like never before...
    If anyone still falls for 2ks marketing, well, I dont know...

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