NBA 2K18 Release Date, Pre-Order, Cover Stars, Gameplay, MyTeam - PS4, Xbox One, Switch - Everything we Know

All the info on NBA 2K18, 2K’s upcoming iteration of its blockbuster sports sim. Get all you need to know about the best sports game on the market.

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NBA 2K18, this year’s entry in the Visual Concepts developed basketball sim from 2K Sports, look set to be another essential purchase for sports fans. In this article we’ll detail all there is to know about NBA 2K18, including the NBA 2K18 release date, NBA 2K18 pre-order info, details on the cover stars, and special editions.

NBA 2K18 Release Date - PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch Versions

The NBA 2K18 release date is September 19, 2017. Anyone who pre-orders can get the game four days early on September 15.

NBA 2K18 is releasing on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. It’s currently unclear how many of the features in the PS4/Xbox One version of the game will make their way over to the Switch version.

Anyone still gaming on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 will also be able to buy NBA 2K18, but as these platforms are no longer the focus of development, chances are these editions will be very similar to the previous releases.

NBA 2K18 Gameplay Trailers

The official NBA 2K YouTube channel recently published a video of behind the scenes developer interviews, while also giving us our first look at gameplay for the upcoming NBA 2K18.

The full trailer, which you can see for yourself just below, highlights the focus on player accuracy in NBA 2K18, with the dev team having rebuilt the entire player body system from previous NBA 2K iterations, in order to accurately match the real life counterparts of the players in the game.

The team then went into detail about MyPlayer, and about how the facial scan feature from past 2K games is returning in greater detail than ever. There's now slated to be more options than ever before for when you're customising your own character, and the team showed off some of the more advanced body proportion controls.

On August 16, the NBA 2K YouTube account again posted a gameplay trailer for NBA 2K18, highlighting some of the flashier moves seen around the league on a nightly basis.

The trailer at points gives some nice looks at defensive plays, as well as showing off some of the more emotional aspects of players on the court. Elsewhere, we could see the likes of Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and more doing what they do best.

NBA 2K18 MyTeam Details Revealed

With less than a month to go until the worldwide release of NBA 2K18, a brand new developer diary on the MyTeam mode was recently posted to the NBA 2K Facebook page, where associate producer Peter Cornforth revealed some of the new details coming to this iteration of the flagship basketball sim.

Cornforth outlined several new modes and features for NBA 2K18 MyTeam, all of which we've highlighted and detailed just below for you:

  • Pack and Playoffs - In this mode, you'll start by opening a pack and picking the coach for your team, and then opening successive packs to assemble your full squad, which you'll then take into 5v5 matchups online with other assembled teams. The further you advance before being eliminated from this tournament, the bigger the prize.
  • MyTeam Super Max - This mode introduces a salary cap and season gameplay to online competition within MyTeam, with each player having to assemble a roster of players based on their salaries. If everyone uses one card, for example Steph Curry, then his value will go up, causing less people to use him in their teams.
  • Strategy Cards - These cards can be played during timeouts, and have certain affects on your team for a limited time only. The higher rank your coach is, the more Strategy Cards you can bring with you into a single game.
  • All-Time Domination - Think you're good at 2K? You might want to think again, as 2K18's MyTeam brings in the All-Time Domination mode, where you can take your team to play against lineups compromised of the best player in a franchise's history. This means Kobe, Shaq, Kareem, Magic, Wilt, Jerry, and more can all be found in a single team, for you to take on.

Elsewhere, the NBA 2K YouTube channel posted the trailer below, showcasing some of the above game modes in action, as well as the redesigned MyTeam player cards.

NBA 2K18 The Prelude

At the very end of the trailer shown just above, NBA 2K18: The Prelude was revealed, a returning feature from NBA 2K17, which will be available to download for free on September 8.

We don't know anything about NBA 2K18: The Prelude right now, but if 2K17's The Prelude was anything to go by, we should be able to start our MyCareer character ahead of release.

NBA 2K18 In-Game Screenshots

It's taken a while, but finally the first screenshots of NBA 2K18 have been released. The shots, seen below, appear to show players with more realistic body types than seen in NBA 2K17.

NBA 2K18 Screenshot - Paul George.
NBA 2K18 Screenshot Isaiah Thomas.
NBA2K18 Screenshot - DeMar DeRozan.

NBA 2K18 Special Editions - Get Extra Virtual Currency

NBA 2K18 will ship in numerous forms. There’s the standard edition that comes with NBA star Kyrie Irving on the cover, plus two versions of the Legend Edition. These NBA 2K18 Legend Editions feature NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal on the cover.

Pre-order NBA 2K18

NBA 2K18 Standard Edition (pre-order) - $59.99 - Included Items

  • 5,000 VC
  • 10 Weekly MyTeam Packs (With Team 2K Card)
  • Kyrie Irving MyPlayer Apparel

NBA 2K18 Legend Edition - $99.99 - Included Items

  • 100,000 VC
  • 20 MyTEAM Packs to build your perfect fantasy team (delivered one a week). Featuring a guaranteed Shaq card, one random Team - 2K Free Agent card, and more!
  • Shaq Attaq shoes
  • Rookie Shaq jersey
  • Shaq Official Logo shirt
  • Shaq "nickname" jersey
  • Shaq Championship ring

NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold - $149.99 - Included Extras

  • 250,000 VC
  • 40 MyTEAM Packs to build your perfect fantasy team (delivered one a week). Featuring a guaranteed Shaq card, one random Team 2K Free Agent card, and more!
  • Shaq Attaq shoes
  • Rookie Shaq jersey
  • Shaq Official Logo shirt
  • Shaq "nickname" jersey
  • Shaq Championship ring
  • Mitchell & Ness Shaq jersey collection - 5 in total
  • Additional MyPLAYER apparel items

How to play NBA 2K18 Early

Anyone who pre-orders NBA 2K18 (any of the three editions) will be able to play the game four days early. There’s currently no news on the pre-release demo for NBA 2K18, but it’s not out of the question. 2K released a demo for NBA 2K17 a week before the game was opened up to those who pre-ordered. Dubbed “The Prelude”, the NBA 2K17 demo gave players a way to get a headstart with the game.

Check back for more info on NBA 2K18 as 2K Sports releases more news in the coming months.

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