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NBA 2K22

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Genre: Sports
Publisher: 2K Games
Developer: Visual Concepts
Release Date: Sept. 10, 2021

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'NBA 2K22' Seasons Will Feature New Levels, Rewards and First Fridays Music

by Rainier on Aug. 24, 2021 @ 2:52 p.m. PDT

NBA 2K22 is the next installment of the premier NBA video game basketball simulation series.

2K today announced the full roster of cover athletes for NBA 2K22!

Global phenomenon and two-time NBA All-Star, Luka Dončić, graces the Standard Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundle, while a trio of the NBA’s most impactful big men – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant – feature in a premium, NBA 75th Anniversary Edition, showcasing how each of these athletes changed the game.

Featuring best-in-class visual presentation and player AI, historic teams, and a wide variety of hoops experiences, NBA 2K22 puts the entire basketball universe in the player’s hands.

2K revealed an in-depth look at Seasons for NBA 2K22, which will be available across multiple game modes for the first time in the series. Players will be able to level up within the City, Neighborhood, and more to redeem rewards at no additional cost after reaching each new Seasons level. 

Additionally, NBA 2K22 Seasons now extends across MyCAREER, MyTEAM, and The W Online, where players will be able to:

  • Access new content and earn rewards simply for playing with no additional cost, with new Seasons arriving every six weeks;
  • Enjoy new music through “First Fridays,” in which new songs will be added to the soundtrack on every Friday throughout the Season. Additionally, all-new partnerships with some of the most notable music labels in the world  - Columbia Records, Def Jam Recordings, Low Profile/Casual Records, Ninja Tune, and Warner Records - will offer music from both up-and-coming artists and world-renowned musicians;
  • MyPLAYERs can go toe-to-toe in The W Online (PS5 or Xbox Series X|S required to play the new-generation version of NBA 2K22) outfitted in the Seasons’ new rewards, such as clothing bundles, badges, nail polish, and so much more. Rewards will be updated and refreshed at the start of every new Season.

Season 1 of NBA 2K22 will be filled with new ways to explore the City and the Neighborhood, popular tracks and hits, fresh apparel drops, and more.


In NBA 2K21 we introduced Seasons, an all-new way to level up and earn rewards within MyTEAM, and we’re expanding it even further in NBA 2K22. Seasons will play an important role throughout NBA 2K22, whether it's MyCAREER, MyTEAM, or The W Online*, you’ll be able to access new content and earn rewards simply for playing with no additional cost.

Explore all there is to do in the City [PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X|S] and the Neighborhood [PlayStation 4/Xbox One]. Leveling up will earn you more rewards, which are refreshed every six weeks at the start of a new Season. All year long, Seasons will offer fresh new content for you to enjoy.

NBA 2K22 is focused on giving you more ways to progress, more ways to compete, and more content. We can’t wait for you to experience all that NBA 2K22 has to offer, so without further ado, here are some features to watch for when NBA 2K22 launches.


Last year, Seasons were exclusive to MyTEAM, but not anymore! In NBA 2K22, Seasons are coming to MyCAREER. Within the City [PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X|S] and the Neighborhood [PlayStation 4/Xbox One], you’ll earn highly coveted rewards such as apparel, new Banners for your MyPLAYER, a new Grand Prize each season, and more.

Start your engines, Season 1 is set to take players for a ride, unleashing Go-Karts in the City and Neighborhood as the Grand Prize. We’re thrilled to introduce Go-Karts as a fun way to cruise and adventure through unexplored regions, and will be available once you’ve reached Level 40. In addition, Inline Skates can be used as a mode of transportation once you crack the Level 30 threshold. Both rewards are available to you once you’ve met the level requirements. Each Season, a new Grand Prize will be refreshed and become redeemable, it’s just a matter of whether you reach the finish line.

There will be plenty to explore and see within the Neighborhood, but we want to broaden your horizons in more tropical destinations as well. For PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players, NBA 2K22 will set sail to the Caribbean in Season 1, where you’ll showcase your skills topside on a cruise ship, and on some of the world’s most picturesque island courts.

We’ve also been busy in the lab reimagining what it means to be a Legend, and we think you’re going to like what we’ve cooked up. The crown jewel for players in NBA 2K22 will be reaching Legend status, but Hall-of-Fame careers aren’t built overnight. Think about it, the G.O.A.T.s didn’t earn that title because of one season, they built on their success year after year, which makes it even more special. So, to become a Legend in NBA 2K22, you’ll need to reach Level 40 in four different Seasons. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to do it consecutively, but to become an all-time great, you must put in the work to earn bragging rights.

Another new aspect of Seasons is “First Fridays,” in which new songs will be added to the soundtrack on every Friday throughout the Season. In partnership with some of the largest music labels in the world, we'll be featuring both up-and-coming artists and world-renowned musicians, joining the likes of Travis Scott, Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug, and more already on the NBA 2K22 soundtrack. New music will continue to be added to Club 2K [PlayStation 5/Xbox Series S|X] throughout the course of the year, for more information visit 2K Beats.

We understand that in order for you to play at a high level, you need to look good. All year, you’ll have the opportunity to freshen up your wardrobe with new and fresh apparel. Every Season we’ll be dropping apparel from the hottest brands to keep you looking clean on and off the court.

NBA 2K22 is bringing more content, events, and rewards to you than ever before, and this is just a taste of what’s to come.


In NBA 2K21, Seasons opened the door to a new and fresh way to experience MyTEAM. In NBA 2K22, experience the next evolution in MyTEAM Seasons! Get ready to earn XP with new and familiar Agendas, while also earning new rewards from Season & Lifetime Agenda Groups. Unlock the next level in your journey to Level 40 in every mode in MyTEAM: Domination, Triple Threat, Limited, Unlimited, Draft, and more! Every Season in MyTEAM brings new Challenges & Events, with an all-new fast-paced mode coming this holiday. To start building your dream team in the best way possible, climb to the top of Season 1 to earn Pink Diamond Carmelo ‘King of New York’ Anthony!

The W Online

NBA 2K21 introduced The W on next-gen consoles, an all-new game mode featuring the WNBA and a MyPLAYER experience. Adding the The W to NBA 2K was a proud moment and we continued building on it NBA 2K22.* Go toe-to-toe with opposing MyPLAYERs online and earn new rewards, such as VC, clothing bundles, badges, nail polish, and more in NBA 2K22. Rewards will be updated and refreshed at the start of every new Season, so continue climbing tiers and collect them all.

The W mode and related content is available on PlayStation®5 and Xbox Series X|S only.

Season 1 of NBA 2K22 will be filled with new ways to explore the City and the Neighborhood, popular tracks and hits, fresh apparel drops, and more throughout the year. We can’t wait for you to level up using XP and earn rewards on your way to becoming a Legend. You can experience it all starting September 10.

This year, NBA 2K22 will offer three editions of the game available on digital and physical formats: Standard Edition, a Cross-Gen Digital Bundle and a special NBA 75th Anniversary Edition:

  • The Standard Edition will be available for $59.99 on previous-gen platforms (PS4, Xbox One consoles, Nintendo Switch, and PC) and $69.99 on new-gen consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X|S);
  • The Cross-Gen Digital Bundle ($79.99) will grant 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) will be available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC. 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.

The NBA 75th Anniversary Edition celebrates three of the league’s most iconic big men who revolutionized the league over its 75 years:

  • Hall of Famer, six-time NBA Champion and six-time MVP, and all-time NBA scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a legend who still influences today’s game, from his patented Skyhook to his activism on social issues;
  • 14-time All-Star, NBA Champion and MVP, Dirk Nowitzki, embodies not only the global expansion of basketball but also the evolution of the game itself as the protoypical sharpshooting big man;
  • 11-time All-Star, league MVP and two-time NBA Champion, Kevin Durant, a legend in his own right and known for his one-of-a-kind presence in the league appears for the third time as an NBA® 2K cover athlete.

The NBA 75th Anniversary Edition and Cross-Gen Digital Bundle feature 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.

In North America, players can purchase a special version of the Standard Edition featuring six-time WNBA All Star and WNBA Champion, Candace Parker, on the cover and available exclusively through GameStop and EB Games. Parker’s appearance is a milestone for NBA 2K: the first female cover athlete in the history of the franchise. The Chicago Sky star’s cover feature is the latest step in NBA 2K’s ongoing initiatives to feature women prominently in the game. 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.

2K will also be releasing additional announcements about NBA 2K22 in the coming weeks, including first looks at features, the soundtrack reveal, live service updates, and much more. With ever-expanding content and one of the most passionate hoops communities, basketball never stops in NBA 2K.

All editions of NBA 2K22 are currently scheduled for worldwide release on September 10, 2021 and are available for pre-order today.

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