NBA 2K22 is an upcoming NBA basketball simulation video game by 2K Sports. It will be the twenty-third installment of the NBA 2K series, scheduled for release on September 10th, 2021 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch. It will be the direct sequel to NBA 2K21, and will be followed by NBA 2K23. Luka Doncic is the main cover player, with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant appearing on the cover of the NBA 75th Anniversary Edition. Candace Parker appears on the cover of the GameStop exclusive WNBA 25th Anniversary Edition.
Gameplay NBA 2K22
A staple of the series, MyCareer, returns as one of the available game modes. MyCareer is a career mode in which the player creates their own customizable basketball player and plays through their basketball career. Players may make a male or female player, although female is only available on next-gen consoles.
The Neighborhood also returns to MyCareer, as 2K Beach, in which players can customize their wardrobe, get haircuts and tattoos, and purchase boosts. They can also do their workouts and run drills to improve their attributes at their current team’s practice facility. Progress in MyCareer may not carry over across generations, due to some changes made exclusively for next-gen.
Ninth Generation Changes
In the next-generation release for the game, The MyCareer online staple The Neighborhood mode was rebranded into The City with the return of affiliations from NBA 2K16. Players start in Rookieville where they play similarly low-levelled players before they can choose an affiliation to enter The City.
MyRep, the level system exclusive to The City mode, is shared across all MyPlayer builds, so players only have to level up out of Rookieville once for all their characters. Once a player levels out of Rookieville, they are automatically assigned without choice to one of four of The City’s affiliations, ranging from the North Side Knights, South City Vipers, Beasts of the East, and the Western Wildcats.
Players are free to switch their affiliation, however they are penalized for doing so by their level being reset down to Pro 1; same level the player was from leaving Rookieville. Although the player can play in affiliations that they are not a member of, there is a penalty by reducing the amount of experience gained in matches for their MyRep level.
Players can participate in quests given by NPCs, which are either single player 3v3 games against famous basketball players, or playing games against other MyPlayers in The City of NBA 2K22. The rewards are typically Virtual Currency (VC) and customizations.
Every affiliation has elections for a Mayor, which are typically community influencers who are responsible for making videos that display in-game, court designs, in-game playlists, design of murals, and uniform selections. Each mayoral term lasts 6 weeks.
Next Gen of NBA 2K22
The Next Gen version of NBA 2K22 will likewise be a sim-oriented basketball game, with similar core mechanics to Current Gen but built on different tech. Series staples such as MyTEAM and MyCAREER return, along with MyCAREER’s connected modes of The Playground, The Rec, and 2K Pro-Am, all located in The City. MyNBA will return as the game’s franchise mode, which offers online, offline, and RPG elements, according to the user’s preference. The WNBA will also return with MyWNBA (a franchise mode similar to MyNBA and its predecessors), The W (a career mode like MyCAREER), and The W Online (an exclusive 3v3 online mode).
NBA 2K22 Next Gen will feature the same gameplay improvements as Current Gen, with a focus on more skill-based offensive gameplay, and revamped shot contest and blocking systems.
MyTEAM in Next Gen will be identical to Current Gen, retaining the Seasons approach from NBA 2K21. As noted above, each season will last around six weeks and feature new cards and content. It will also feature MyTEAM: Draft, cross-generation progression, and a shared VC wallet.
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NBA 2K22 in Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1644960/NBA_2K22/