NBA 2K18 Release Date, Gameplay Features, Wishlist, Price

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NBA 2K18 Release Date: 2K Sports have made significant developments when it comes to the sports video gaming industry and their upcoming offering, NBA 2k18, is perhaps one of the most awaited games for basketball enthusiasts who definitely want a crack at the virtual game with the best possible graphics offered. It has been almost seventeen years since the first NBA game back in 1999, and technology has come a long way. NBA 2k18 is slated to offer the best-in-class graphics coupled with a superior gameplay that would make for one of the best games rolled out this year. From NBA 2K16 that was released in September 2005, 2K Sports took over the publishing wing of the game series and this game itself was also released on Xbox 360 and since then, the franchise has gone through significant developments which have been quite critically appreciated by gamers.

NBA 2K18 is expected to sport significant ramp ups in the graphics department from its predecessor.

There have been a huge number of rumours and speculations revolving around NBA 2K18 with fans anxious in anticipation of what the game might feature. With a considerable amount of time, until the game’s release still left, there is no doubt about the fact that the upcoming game would feature with the latest technological advancements of today and fans will have to be patient about the game’s release.

NBA 2K18 Gameplay Features

The game of basketball has been very successfully brought to reality with this much-coveted series of video games and the NBA 2k17 did receive an immensely good response from NBA enthusiasts but the next iteration is pegged to be bigger. Gaming enthusiasts have racked their brains in trying to predict what all can the new NBA game incorporate keeping in mind every piece of technology being rolled out by the day. It turns out that along with the graphical performance, major upgrades in the gameplay of the game are pegged to be upgraded.

MyCareer Mode

One of the most anticipated player modes of the upcoming edition of the game in the NBA 2K series is the My Career mode which has been one of the most popular aspects of the game. In the My Career mode, the My Player option provides the gamer to create a player out of his own liking adding significant relevant details to the player. Playing career modes as the player does account for an enriching and satisfying experience from a gamer thus making the game all the more interesting and gripping.

MyGM Mode

Another much-anticipated game mode for NBA 2K18 is the MyGM mode which allows the player to take over the post of the General Manager of a particular team. Specifically targeted to offer players an idea of the commercial aspect of the game, the MyGM mode will allow gamers to control the financial decisions of the club pertaining to salaries, contract renewals and transfers.

A Better Engine

NBA 2K17 did have its fair share of glitches which have not avoided the eyes of the gamers and what fans are expecting from NBA 2K18 is a much better overall graphics performance. Now building on that, to match the graphics of the rest of the competitive games, it is imperative that the game goes for an upgrade in the Engine. Rumours are strife that 2K sports are striving to use the Frostbite engine used by EA Sports in FIFA 17 with Frostbite 3, the latest iteration being what the developers will be looking at.

VR Compatibility

Virtual Reality is easily one of the most striking pieces of technological advancements today and the upcoming NBA 2K18 from 2K Sports is definitely slated to offer gaming using this highly advanced piece of technology. 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. With other rumours strife that the game will also be rolled out in 4K resolution, there is no doubt that the upcoming offering from 2K Sports will provide a highly augmented gaming experience.

NBA 2K18 Wishlist

A Street-Practice Mode

NBA Street by EA Sports have been one of the most popular games and something similar in 2K18 will not be such a bad consideration. What would be excellent would be if the game has built-in practice modes which would allow players to practice in a choice of street courts with local players. Also interesting would be a Pro-Mode which would allow the players to take part in unofficial street tournaments which would add to the specific skill sets of player making it almost a real-life experience.

Better Graphics

NBA 2K18 is expected to feature sometime in September 2017 based on 2K’s releasing pattern for their iterations.

NBA 2K17 did not disappoint in terms of graphical performance but it remains a fact that the NBA series is seriously lagging behind on the graphics front compared to its contemporaries. What we expect from NBA 2K18 is a major ramp up in graphics and considering the fact that the Frostbite engine would be a possible incorporation, expecting such things will not prove absolutely unrealistic. Also putting into foray the possibility of a 4K resolution gaming experience, 2K sports would definitely look to improve on the visual front if they plan to make the game run-able in the highest resolution format possible today.

NBA 2K18 Trailer

There has been no official trailer for NBA 2K18 released by 2K Sports as of yet. However, there are numerous fan-made videos on the internet which will give very little concrete idea of the what game is poised to sport. We will surely update the post with the official trailer as soon as it is rolled out by the developers later this year.

NBA 2K18 System Requirements


  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-530 @ 2.93 GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 805 @ 2.50 GHz or better
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 1GB / ATI Radeon HD 6450 1GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 85 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0x compatible


  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit or Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4430 @ 3 GHz / AMD FX-8370 @ 3.4 GHz or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB / ATI Radeon R9 270 2GB or better
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 70 GB available space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card

NBA 2K18 Release Date

On a chronological front, 2K has maintained a consistent pattern in rolling out their NBA iterations every year. Like its predecessors, NBA 2K18 release date is expected to feature sometime in September later this year based on the game developing company’s release pattern. Now there might be several constraints that might prevent the developers roll out the game sooner. With the incorporation of VR compatibility, 2K has taken a significant step towards advancement and provided the development isn’t ready by that time, we might very well see the release date of the game from 2K sports pushed further off. Nevertheless, NBA 2K18 will most definitely feature out soon being made available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 variants, Xbox 360, and the Xbox One variants. It can be quite correctly predicted that a demo version of the game will be rolled out soon enough prior to the release of the original where players will get a sneak peak of what NBA 2K18 is slated to offer.

NBA 2K18 Price

The upcoming game from 2K is definitely poised to sport a price hike considering the fact that many further developments will feature in the game. NBA 2K17 featured at a price of $59.99 with the deluxe edition with additional features costing $99.99. NBA 2k18 is expected to come at a slightly more expensive price tag of $79.99 for the standard edition and $119.99 for the deluxe edition of the game.

Wrap up

For basketball enthusiasts, the NBA series by 2K is perhaps one of the most awaited games there is and there is no question regarding the huge anticipation building up to the release of te game. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that NBA 2K18 will feature this year with ramped up graphics and gameplay modes making it one of the most successor iterations of the series.

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