NBA 2K18 release date, trailers, cover star, gameplay, MyTEAM and more

2K has begun releasing details about this year’s entry of its latest basketball sim. NBA 2K18 is set to feature improved visuals, mechanics, modes and more with Shaquille O’Neal as this year’s cover star. Always a highlight of gaming’s sporting calendar, we can’t wait to don a pair of sneakers and get back on the court.

TrustedReviews has compiled everything you need to know including all the release date info, news, gameplay, trailers and more.

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What is NBA 2K18?

Acting as the next entry in 2K’s annual sports franchise, NBA 2K is the best basketball sim on the market right now. Boasting accurate real life rosters and stats for all players, you can choose to take your favourite team through a series of competitive modes or play as a single player in a compelling story.

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NBA 2K18 release date – when is it coming out?

NBA 2K18 is planned to launch on September 19 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch and PC.

Those who pre-order one of the many special editions can play it a few days earlier, gaining access to the full game on September 15.

NBA 2K18 gameplay – how does it play?

Veterans of NBA 2K17 should feel right at home with this year’s instalment. With the exception of new stats, modes and increasingly realistic visuals, 2K18 is the same old addictive song and dance. Little else is known about 2K18’s new additions beyond the presence of Shaquille O’Neal as the Legend Edition cover star.

Some of the returning modes include MyGM, MyCareer and MyLeague alongside the usual range of exhibition options for local and online multiplayer. MyTeam also makes a welcome return, a mode based around compiling a virtual trading card collection of your favourite players and teams. With any luck, 2K18 will add further refinements to the existing formula.

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NBA 2K18 trailers – how does it look?

2K has released the first trailer for NBA 2K18, and you can watch it below:

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We also have a new gameplay trailer for NBA 2K18, and it’s our best look yet at the game:

NBA 2K18 Cover Star – Who is it?

2K has announced that Kyrie Irving will be the cover star of NBA 2K18. Starring alongside Shaquille O’Neal on the limited editions, the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard will feature on the cover of the standard edition of the game.

Take a look below at the image which describes what comes in all the different editions:
nba 2k18 cover star

NBA 2K18 Legend Edition – What’s in it?

Just like last year, NBA 2K will launch with a Legend Edition that provides players with early access to the game alongside new and exclusive in-game content. This year’s edition is adorned by basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, as you can tell from the above trailer.

The ordinary Legend Edition will run you $100, with the gold variant costing $150. UK pricing is yet to be announced. Here’s a full list of the contents found inside.

Legend Edition –

Physical Items:

  • Limited-edition Shaq poster;
  • 5 Panini trading cards;
  • Exclusive stickers.

Digital Content:

  • 100,000 Virtual Currency;
  • 20 Weekly MyTEAM Packs;
  • Shaq in-game items.

Legend Edition Gold –

Physical Items:

  • Limited-edition Shaq Poster;
  • Lenticular;
  • 10 Panini trading cards;
  • Exclusive stickers.

Digital Content:

  • 250,000 Virtual Currency;
  • 40 Weekly MyTEAM Packs;
  • Shaq in-game items.

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NBA 2K18 Franchise Mode details

For the first time in the series, NBA 2K18’s Franchise Mode will be story-driven. Confirmed by Visual Concepts in a Facebook post, the team revealed some brand-new details about what’s to come. NBA 2K is known for offering a narrative-driven single player, but now that is being expanded into Franchise, where players take control of an entire team and manage trades, finances and even the costs of products at concession stands.

MyGM will now get a more narrative experience compared to MyLeague, with the former now known as MyGM: The Next Chapter, and MyLeague will be more akin to the Franchise mode of old.

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The Next Chapter casts you as a former NBA player returning to the league after six years out with a severe injury, becoming a general manager. There will be plenty of cutscenes in which you interact with staff, players and the team’s owner.

In the same blog post, plenty of new features were revealed for the game, including: super max player contracts, a brand-new analytics tool, integration of the G-League, signing of international draft prospects and plenty more!

NBA 2K18 is once again shaping up to be an incredible game of basketball, and we can’t wait to play it!