NBA 2K18: NBA 2K is a franchise that enjoys high popularity among video game players. NBA 2K along with NHL 2K series and the WWE 2K series have gained much prominence over the years becoming one of the most awaited game series annually. It’s been over 17 years since the first title of the series came out in 1999. Developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports, the 18th installment of NBA 2K17 rolled out in 2016 to widespread acclaims by critics and general player which isn’t altogether that surprising because the series is famed for consistently achieving critical and commercial. With the advent of new and improved technology there’s no doubt that the upcoming NBA 2K18 too will give gamers one blast of an experience.
Thanks to official announcements, we now know the release date of NBA 2K18. 2K has declared that the game will come out on September 19, 2017. The game will come in versions for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Besides that, we now also know that basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal will be the star on the cover of the NBA 2K18 Legend Edition when the game comes out. There will be two Legend variants of the game, and both of them will feature the star on its cover. O’Neal commented on his long-standing association with the series during the announcement by saying: “I want to thank NBA 2K for their continuous support of my basketball and broadcast career. I’m excited to be on the cover of the NBA 2K18 Legend Edition, and I hope my fans have a blast playing it up big man style and re-creating my most legendary in-game moments!”
NBA 2k18 Release Date
The NBA 2K series for the first time came out in the year 1999. And since then 2K Sports has kept on releasing new editions of the game every year. And there has been no exception of the fact that the NBA 2K series has managed to come up with new upgrades every time it has been rolled out on to the market. It was in the month of September that fans of NBA 2K series for the first time came across the NBA 2K17. And undoubtedly it has managed to grab the attention of all the gamers across the world.
- 2K Sports followed it up with the NBA 2K VR Experience which for the first time provided the gamers the opportunity to play the game in virtual reality.
- The game has been rolled out on the market in the month of November and it has been revealed that it is not a part of the original NBA 2K series. It is an independent game which has been released in order to get a feedback from the gamers regarding the performance of the game after the implementation of the new technology.
- Now if we take a look at the trend of 2K Sports we can observe that the games in the NBA 2K series has generally come out in the second half of the year. So this somewhat sets the month of September as the probable release date of the NBA 2K18. Even if there is a delay in the process of the development of the game, we should expect the game to hit the market before the end of the second week of October this year. But chances of such a delay are minimal and the gamers across the world should be prepared for a September release of the NBA 2K18 this year.
Earlier, we speculated that 2K is going to unveil the hotly-anticipated NBA 2K18 in the month of September, and the latest news and updates are indicating that our prediction was absolutely spot on. Few days ago, Nintendo announced that the NBA 2K18 would be released for Nintendo Switch and recently the Japanese gaming console developing company has revealed the official release date of NBA 2K18 as September, 2017 in their official website.
- Not only that, most importantly 2K has officially announced the official release date of the NBA 2K18 yesterday and the game is being unveiled on 19th September, this year. The upcoming game will be available on PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. The interested buyers can start pre-ordering from 15th September, the day game will be tipped off.
- Earlier the rumors suggest that the basketball-based video game would be unveiled on 24th September, the last Sunday of the month. But as 2K launched the previous two iterations, NBA 2K16 and NBA 2K17 on Tuesdays, the company maintains the tradition and is going to release the upcoming iteration, the NBA 2K18 on another Tuesday i.e. 19th September, 2017.
NBA 2k18 Features & Gameplay
NBA 2K18 will be the 19 title in the series and as per speculations, the game is going to be more realistic, with better visuals gameplay and fantastic contents. There’s no saying what NBA 2K18 can bring but to be sure its actual list of features is going to take the series on a whole new level. We naturally have a list of speculated NBA 2K18 features that we have managed to make by combing all rumours regarding what the title is going to definitely have. There’s a strong belief that these would very well be materialized in NBA 2K18.
My Career mode: Among the features that are going to be come yet again in the NBA 2K18 we have the My Career mode. The biggest attraction of the NBA 2K18 My Career mode is the ability to create new players in the My Player section. The gamer will have the privilege to modify the player and make it a beastly one by enhancing the capabilities. And one who has a great understanding of the game will be extremely eager to create one such player and include in the team he would be playing for while in a tournament. Such created players have the capabilities of getting better of the opponent in any condition and provides the team an upperhand even in adverse situations. Hence this My Player has been a fan favourite which provides the developers no chance to give it a miss in this new edition.
Manager mode: The My Manager mode is also one of the popular modes of gameplay features in the NBA 2K series which is expected to be retained in the NBA 2K18. In this mode the gamer gets the license to manage a team and take all the responsibilities including the financial aspects of the team. This is one of the most popular modes of a sports video game that has managed to create a lot of enthusiasm among the gamers. So it’s quite obvious that 2K Sports will persist with the My Manager mode in the latest upcoming edition of the game. Among other features that NBA 2K18 is expected to retain we have the My League mode and the My Team which has a clear resemblance with the My Manager mode as revealed above. The only difference is that in the My Team the players have to be developed from the grass root level.
Regarding the development of the game it can be stated that the upcoming game is going to be made free of all the glitches that the gamers across the world have come across. It has been noted that the engine often lags while the game is being played on. This is primarily because of fact that a number of new technologies have been incorporated but not much change has been brought in the engine. It’s a tough job if we take into consideration the fact that the NBA 2K series come out every year, but it is high time that 2K Sports might make an attempt to bring in a change in the engine of the game.
VR Compatibility: Virtual reality is one of the in-things at this moment in the world of technology. And with most video games coming out in the virtual reality, it will be not be too much optimistic for the fans to expect the game to come out in virtual reality this time. In fact, 2K Sports has released NBA VR Experience in order to get a feedback regarding the game in virtual reality way back in the month of November. So that somewhat sets the stage for a release of the game NVBA 2K18 in virtual reality as well. Also, expectations are high that NBA 2K18 is going to come out with 4K resolution. But there are chances that this edition of the game might not have 4K resolution. Perhaps 4K resolution will be introduced into the game in any of the latter edition of the NBA 2K series. we can play this game on any cheap gaming laptop.
Like any other sports video game the NBA 2K series also provides the gamer with the opportunity to engage playing the game in one-on-one situation. Not only it makes the game all the more exciting, it elevates the level of competition as well. So it is beyond doubt that multiplayer mode is going to be retained in the NBA 2K18 as well.
NBA 2k18 Wishlist
Whenever news and updates start coming up regarding a new video, fans of that game always have a wishlist of their own. And when it is a game like NBA 2K18, the list can be endless. However, the loyal fans of the basketball game do not get the opportunity to hand over a huge wishlist as 2K Sports comes up with incredible features in the NBA 2K series. Yet there are few things which the fans would love to see. And here is a short list of that.
The first thing that the gamers would love to see in the NBA 2K18 is the participation of the women players in the game. Over the years we have seen sports video games being developed but the women players have not existed in those games. So it will be really great to see the women players becoming a part of the video game as well. Basketball has been one of the popular sports in the USA and the women’s games have managed to match the excitement of the sports in the men’s section. So it will be a great achievement on behalf of the developers to include the women players in the roster as well.
Besides the one above, another thing that must come into the game is increased customization levels. The fact that there are already some customization options available just makes us feel that there is a possibility that this could be brought into the game. There are a lot of ways that the existing options could be excited. The fact that we can create our own player is a great start in itself, but we can think of so many ways to make it better. More varied hairstyles could be made available, along with custom tattoos. Also, we could have a face scan feature like some of 2K’s other celebrated sporting video game franchises do. Lastly, we would love it if all the customization options could be applied across the board and not be specific to certain modes.
A lot of investments have been reportedly made to make the game all the more realistic. So it can be stated that the introduction of the post match interviews could be one of the things that would add some more to the already incredible game. This would provide the gamers with the opportunity to get deep into the game and engage more in the game. So this is one of the exciting features that all fans of NBA 2K series would love to see in the upcoming edition of the game.
Activities off the court are also something that the gamers want to see getting included in the upcoming edition of the game. Once the player earns fame and gets rich he might just be able to buy new estates and hang out in different places. So that will make the whole situation even more realistic.
NBA 2k18 Price
The latest edition of the game is expected to come out with a higher price tag than that of the earlier one. The NBA 2K17 was available on the market with a price tag of $59.99 while the deluxe edition of the game came out with a price tag of $99.99. So we can expect a price hike when the NBA 2K18 will be coming out in the latter half of this year. It is expected to have a price tag of $79.99 while the deluxe edition will come out with a price tag of $119.99. With the new features set to come in along with the upgrades, the fans will have a much better experience while playing the game. So to meet the expenses, an increase in the price of the game is understandable.
Kyrie Irving is Cover Athlete For NBA 2K18
That is correct. The famous basketball player, Kyrie Irving, also known as the ‘Anklecutter’, is the cover star for the new NBA 2K18 game. Irving, who is immensely popular in the States, is Cleveland Cavaliers superstar point guard.
He will be the cover athlete for the standard edition of the upcoming NBA 2K18, reports mention.
Like we said before, basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neal is already the cover star for the Legends edition of the same franchise. We also know that the Standard Edition will retail for the standard $59.99, something which we had already predicted.
Alfie Brody, who is the Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K, has already said, “It’s obvious that Kyrie isn’t disappearing from the spotlight anytime soon, so we’re thrilled to have him as our cover athlete, alongside Shaq for the NBA 2K18 Legend Edition. He’s a more-than-worthy recipient of this honor, and joins so many other greats who were cover athletes before him.”
It can be concluded that the NBA 2K18 is going to be one of the most sought-after games, once it hits the market in the last quarter of the year 2017. It is already one of the most popular sports video game and it is believed that it is going to get much bigger for the fans of the game which in turn will enable the developer of the game to make a good name. In all, the NBA 2k18 is going to be one of the most exciting video games that are going to be released this year.