NBA 2K21 was host to the current and next-gen covers, which featured Portland Trailblazers star Damian Lillard and phenom Zion Williamson last year. This year, Luka Magic has taken over, as the Dallas Mavericks franchise player is now the cover athlete for NBA 2K22, which will release on September 10 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Switch, and PC.
Luka Doncic will grace the cover of the NBA 2K22 standard edition ($59.99 for last gen, $69.99 for current gen, around PHP3,000-3,500), and pre-orders are now available, with a number of in-game items as a pre-order bonus such as VC, MyTeam Points, and a Luka Doncic MyPlayer Jersey among other items.
A cross-gen version will also be offered for $79.99 (around PHP4,000) and will include the standard edition game for both console generations of the same family (PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series). Yes, you are understanding it correctly, there will be no free next-gen upgrades.
NBA 2K22 Special Editions Cover Athletes
2K have also announced the cover athletes for the 75th Anniversary Edition ($99.99, around PHP5,000) and the WNBA 25th Anniversary Edition.
The trio of 2 time NBA champion Kevin Durant, 14-time NBA all-star and champion Dirk Nowitzki, and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar lead the charge for the 75th Anniversary Edition while Gamestop Exclusive Cover Athlete Candace Parker from the Chicago Sky will front for the WNBA 25th Anniversary edition, a first time for the franchise. Additionally, a Japanese version with Washington Wizards big man Rui Hachimura will also retail in Japan.
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.
NBA 2K22 Pre-order Bonus
Pre-orders of the NBA 2K22 Stardard Edition will include the following bonuses:
- 5,000 Virtual Currency
- 5,000 MyTEAM Points
- 10 MyTEAM Promo Packs (delivered one a week)
- A Boost for each MyCAREER Skill type
- A Boost for each Gatorade Boost type
- Luka Doncic MyPLAYER Jersey
- 95 Rated Luka Doncic MyTEAM Free Agent Card
Pre-orders of the NBA 2K22 75th Anniversary Edition will include the following bonuses:
- 100K VC
- 10K MyTEAM Points
- 10 MyTEAM Tokens
- Sapphire Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant MyTEAM Cards
- 22 MyTEAM Promo Packs (Receive 10 at launch, then 3 per week for 4 weeks)
- Diamond Jordan Shoe MyTEAM card
- Coach Card MyTEAM Pack
- 10 Boosts for each MyCAREER Skill Boost type
- 10 Boosts for each Gatorade Boost type
- 4 Cover Athlete T-Shirts for your MyPLAYER
- MyPLAYER backpack and arm sleeve
- Custom-design skateboard for MyPLAYER
NBA 2K22 will release on September 10 for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Switch, and PC.