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NBA 2k18 Release Date, Cover Athlete, Pre-Order & All The Details You Need To Know

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After months of wishlists and predictions, 2K Sports has finally revealed which basketball star is gracing the cover of NBA 2K18 alongside its release details. Three editions of the game – the Standard, Legend and Legend Gold (Digital Only) – will hit the shelves later this year, two of which celebrate the career of the franchise’s new Legend star: Shaquille O’Neal.

NBA 2K18 Cover

The studio hasn’t disclosed who the cover player for the Standard Edition is. However, in a press release on Monday, it confirmed that NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has been chosen as the face of NBA 2K18’s Legend Edition.

“The 7ft1, 2000 MVP and 15x NBA All-Star had an incredible career that spanned 19 years, playing for teams such as the Orlando Magic and the L.A. Lakers; he is one of the most recognizable figures in the NBA, with his signature two-handed slam dunk recently re-created in statue-form outside the home of the L.A. Lakers, the STAPLES Center.”

The retired athlete himself commented on the good news, expressing his excitement and thanks to the publisher for its continuous support to his basketball and broadcast career. He is very much hopeful that his fans will enjoy playing the game “big man style” and re-creating his “most legendary in-game moments”

This marks Shaq’s third time on the game cover, having been featured on NBA 2K6 and 2K7 a few years ago.

NBA 2K18 Editions

To reward gamers who will buy the NBA 2K18 Legend and Legend Gold Editions, 2K has a whole bunch of bonus in-game content in the form of VC, MyTEAM Packs, and MyPLAYER apparel. Here is the breakdown of what each edition includes:

The NBA 2K18 Legend Edition includes special Shaq memorabilia and in-game content for $99.99.

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;
  • And more!

Those who will pre-order the NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold will get even more exclusive Shaq memorabilia and in-game content for $149.99.

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;
  • And more!

The Standard Edition will reportedly offer a bonus Pre-Order/Day One content as well, but this will reportedly be announced at a later date, according to the PlayStation blog. 

NBA 2K18 Release Date

NBA 2K18 launches on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC this Fall, on September 19. Those who will purchase one of the Legend Editions can play days ahead of the wide release, on September 15. Those who will pre-order the game on PS4 via the PlayStation Store will get an exclusive PlayStation Theme on release, although it hasn’t been revealed yet.

NBA 2K18 Features

Unfortunately, 2K has not disclosed any major information about the changes coming to the game yet. But among those requested by the players are listed below:

  • Create-a-player Option
  • More Player Editing Options
  • Share Custom Shoes
  • Less Clipping
  • More Badges
  • New Situational Animations
  • Better Transition Defense
  • User-Controlled Hard Fouls
  • Online and Offline MyPlayers
  • H.O.R.S.E and Other Hoops Games
  • Draft Mode in MyTEAM
  • Upload Team Designs in MyTEAM
  • Unlocked Legends In MyTEAM Availability In Other Modes
  • All-Star Weekend Mode
  • Create-A-Legend
  • Superstar Challenge Modes
  • Watch Or Scout Mode
  • Multiple MyCareer Storylines
  • Carry-Over Saves

NBA 2K has arguably become the most consistently well-regarded sports simulation game in history. Last year’s PS4 Edition received a score of 88/100 on Metacritic, with all reviewers giving the game a positive score. It is also the 10th-best overall video game released on the same console last year and the top sports game.

Check out the new reveal trailer which accompanied the announcement below:

Also Read: NBA 2k18 Release Date News, Wishlist: The Top 5 Players Who Can Be The Cover Athlete

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