NBA 2K18 Release Date: 2K sports have been consistent in developing and releasing the NBA 2K series of basketball simulation video games ever year without fail since 1999. The first game, titled simply NBA 2K, was released on November 10, 1999. The last chronological game of the series, NBA 2K17, was released in September 2016. Clearly, the release dates of the NBA 2K games have been consistent and predictable. At the outset, we predict that the new game will release sometime in September 2017 with the demo version making its way to the stores a few days ago. We will go a step ahead and predict that the NBA 2K18 Release Date will be September 24 2017. The demo version will precede that.
NBA 2K18 Release Date (Speculated)
NBA 2K Series
September 29, 2015
13th September 2016
The release date of NBA 2K18 may seem to be a cut-and -dried affair at first but several factors have to be taken into account by 2K if they want to stick to the conventional timeline. The first is the advent of VR gaming. This new technology has already seen the light of day in the NBA 2K universe in the form of the NBA 2KVR Experience. However, that game is a collection of basketball mini-games and is not part of the main series and therefore is non-canonical. In order to provide a completely new full-fledged VR game, much work needs to be done. Basketball is a very physical game. Many users have complained that with other VR sporting games that they experience motion sickness while playing. This aspect has to be kept at bay if the new game is to be as successful as its predecessors. One way to overcome this is to tie up with the VR gaming headset manufacturers like Oculus and HTC to modify their technology to suit the NBA-style gameplay. 2K games might even tie up with these manufacturers to modify their headsets in such a way as to benefit players.
The brave new world of gaming is the advent of online multi-playing options. Surely, 2K will look to expand the various player modes and innovate the native gameplay scenarios that have made the NBA 2K series a fan favourite. While many other 2K titles have migrated online and have improved player base, the NBA 2K18 will look to create a new benchmark. The availability of new players will also increase options for the users and fans. It must be mentioned here that players need to be paid licensing fees and other perks have to be provided to make their likenesses appear in the games and these processes take time. 2K will look to solve these issues and provide a better game holistically before releasing it.
Historically, a demo version has been provided just before the game is launched. Even if we assume that the game will see heavy sales simply due to the legacy that has been created, we must not confuse confidence with condescension. The NBA 2K18 will be a new benchmark when it will release. Like we said, it is scheduled to release in the last week of September. The demo version, likely to release on or around September 13 will preview what new additions and condiments players can expect from the game. Come September 24 (NBA 2K18 Release Date) and we will be in a better position to analyse the game.