NBA 2K22 announced featuring Luka Dončić as the cover athlete

2K has announced NBA 2K22, and the game's standard and cross-gen editions feature Mavericks star Luka Dončić as the cover athlete.

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2K has officially announced NBA 2K22 along with the game’s official cover art featuring Dallas Mavericks superstar, Luka Dončić.

Specifically, the game’s standard and cross-gen digital bundle features Dončić. Meanwhile, the game’s NBA 75th Anniversary Edition features a special cover art featuring three of NBA history’s most impactful big man.

“Making the global cover of NBA 2K22 is special for me,” said Dončić. “I’m proud to represent my country in a special cover that honors the colors of the Slovenian flag. Basketball has given me so much, and I’m excited to give back and work together with 2K Foundations this year to help the lives of young kids around the globe.”

Here’s a quick rundown of the three main versions of NBA 2K22:

  • The Standard Edition will be available for $59.99 on previous-gen platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox One consoles, Nintendo Switch, and PC) and $69.99 on new-gen consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S).
  • The Cross-Gen Digital Bundle will be available for $79.99 and will grant players access to the Standard Edition across previous- and new-gen within the same PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
  • NBA 2K22 NBA 75th Anniversary Edition will be available for $99.99 for PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Dual-gen access is included for both the Cross-Gen Digital Bundle and NBA 75th Anniversary Edition for the PS4/PS5 and Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S platforms. Both games also provide a version of the game on each console generation within the same console family.

As mentioned above, the game’s 75th Anniversary Edition will feature three iconic big men – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant. Both this version and the cross-gen digital bundle feature cover artwork painted by Atlanta-based artist, Charly Palmer.  Palmer is well-known for his recent “Civil Rights” series of paintings and compositions titled “America Must Change,” which made waves as TIME Magazine’s cover in July 2020.

Finally, in North America, players can purchase a special version of the NBA 2K22 Standard Edition featuring six-time WNBA All Star and WNBA Champion, Candace Parker. Parker’s appearance marks the first female cover athlete in the history of the franchise. This edition will be available exclusively through GameStop and EB Games.

Meanwhile, in Japan, players can also purchase a special version of the Standard Edition featuring Rui Hachimura, the Japanese rising star of the Washington Wizards.

NBA 2K22 releases on September 10, 2021 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.