NBA 2K19 is bringing the basketball sim back to consoles, before the upcoming NBA 2018/19 season rolls around in October. In this NBA 2K19 everything we know guide, we'll be detailing all the solid information we have on the upcoming 2K sports title so far, including the NBA 2K19 release date and how you can gain access to the game early, as well as details on the NBA 2K19 cover star (recently revealed to be LeBron James), rounding the guide out with potential NBA 2K19 player ratings.
Remember that if you need any help on the current iteration of NBA 2K, you can always head over to our NBA 2K18 tips guide. In this complete hub of guides on the previous basketball sim, you can find walkthrough pages for MyTeam, MyCareer, and plenty more guides, including how to pull off the perfect three point jumper.
NBA 2K19 Release Date
The Reddit crowd originally managed to uncover NBA 2K19's release date early through a retailer leak. Later on the same day however, 2K revealed the game for the first time to the world, setting the NBA 2K19 release date as September 11. But as usual with sports games, there are always ways to play the game ahead of the final release.
While also rolling out NBA 2K19 for the first time for the world to see, 2K revealed LeBron James as the cover athlete for the special 20th Anniversary Edition, and not the standard edition of the game as was anticipated after the retailer leak earlier in the day. This special edition will set you back $99.99, but it'll give you access to the game on September 7, four days before the release of the standard edition on September 11, as well as various additional bonuses which we'll detail further down.
NBA 2K19 Cover Star
As you can see thanks to the retailer leak mentioned just above, we now know that LeBron James is the cover star for the latest iteration of the NBA 2K franchise. Whereas last year was LeBron’s former Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving on the cover of NBA 2K18, this year it’s James’ turn on the cover, for NBA 2K19.
However while you might think that the 20th Anniversary Edition cover art might be reserved for someone more old school than LeBron, the current Cleveland star will be on the cover of this special edition. We don't yet know who will grace the cover of the standard edition of NBA 2K19 however, or if LeBron will be on the cover of both.
But things could change between now and the release of NBA 2K19 in September, particularly with how Cleveland were swept by Golden State in the NBA Finals. If you remember back to last year, Kyrie Irving left Cleveland for Boston, and the cover of NBA 2K18 was changed accordingly. This could happen all over again, if LeBron decides he's done in Cleveland for the second time.
NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition
But what we do know for sure is that the $99.99 20th Anniversary Edition of NBA 2K19 will contain the following items:
- 100,000 virtual currency points.
- 50,000 MyTeam points.
- 20 MyTeam League Packs (delivered once per week).
- A Sapphire LeBron James MyTeam card.
- 10 MyTeam Heat Check packs (delivered once per week).
- Five LeBron-themed murals for MyCourt.
- A LeBron MyCourt design.
NBA 2K19 Gameplay
Right now, there’s no available gameplay, or even a trailer, for NBA 2K19. But all this could change in less than a week, with E3 2018 right around the corner. We nearly always get some form of gameplay or trailer during E3 week, which this year lasts from June 11 to June 14.
There's been some specualtion that NBA 2K19 is going to introduce an all new shot meter. 2K gameplay producer Mike Wang recently tweeted out a poll, asking fans which shot meter from recent NBA 2K games were their favorite. While this could be a red herring, we'll keep an eye out for any additional information.
NBA 2K19 Player Ratings
Unfortunately, 2K hasn't released any information about NBA 2K19 player ratings right now. We'll keep our ear to the ground for any future information about player ratings, and if we had to guess, we'd expect 2K to begin teasing ratings for elite players like LeBron James, Steph Curry or Nick Young (kidding), within the coming weeks, considering the game's relatively close release date.
NBA 2K19 Pre-Order
Follow any of the pre-order links for the relevant platform below, to guarantee yourself a 20th Anniversary Edition of NBA 2K19.
- NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition PS4
- NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition Xbox One
- NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition Switch
Right now, this is all the concrete information we have on NBA 2K19. But just as we mentioned above, make sure to keep an eye on this guide, as we’ll be updating it with any further information that either leaks or comes straight from 2K themselves, especially during E3 2018.
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