As September draws near, you probably have a lot of questions about this year’s NBA 2K24. For starters, the late Kobe Bryant is back on the cover for the fourth time. And not just the cover. There’ll be gameplay featuring the basketball star, too. All platforms will have their version available to boot up. While EA FC and Madden already adopted cross-play, it seems NBA 2K24 will cave into the trend. Plus, what is the new PROPlay all about, and what does it mean for gameplay? So many questions, most of which we intend to answer in the NBA 2K24: Everything We Know article below.
What is NBA 2K24?
NBA 2K24 is an upcoming annual real-life simulation game of hoops culture. Players have, year in, year out, lived out their NBA dreams playing as their favorite superstars. There are several game modes to keep you on your toes, including MyCAREER, MyTEAM, MyNBA, and more.
Details on the story are a little scarce. We do know that NBA 2K24’s setting is a tropical one. And that players will start as rookies, slowly harnessing the skills to earn their place in the Hall of Famer. The expectation is an immersive and captivating story. For now, though, we’ll keep an eye out for any updates.
There’s still much we don’t know yet about the gameplay. However, 2K Games has confirmed a new functionality called PROPlay. It’ll allow them to transmit real-life NBA footage into gameplay directly, such that animations and movements in the new game will closely resemble on-court action, delivering the authenticity and realism fans crave from game simulators. Unfortunately, the PROPlay feature will only be available to next-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S platforms.
Furthermore, 2K Games has increasingly marketed the new Mamba Moments mode. It seems like a recreation of Kobe Bryant’s greatest moments in his rise to stardom. Players will play as young Kobe, working their way up to the top of the chain. They’ll feel what it’s like to score touchdowns, building up to becoming one of the greatest basketball players of all time. This is likely a pretty exciting feature for basketball fans to experience some of the most popular moments in basketball history from Bryant’s perspective.
Previous game modes like MyCAREER, MyNBA, and MyTEAM return. MyCAREER allows players to customize players after their own hearts. Gradually, players will build a legacy, winning championships in an all-new City. Optional side quests will feature, too, as well as streetball competitions.
MyNBA mode has very little information, only that players will relive their favorite eras as Commissioner or General Manager. On the other hand, MyTEAM will feature the usual card collection. Players will find both past and present all-stars and legends, curating the perfect line-up squad that tows down the competition in single-player and multiplayer modes.
A few changes are presently confirmed, including an all-new salary cap mode. As far as we can tell, though, the changes are nothing too drastic to alter the already working formula. Hopefully, 2K Games will continue to release new updates on the gameplay in preparation for the fast-approaching September launch date.
2K Games is already hyping up NBA 2K24. There’s overwhelming excitement to go around, especially around the new cross-play feature, which has been in high demand for a while now. On the website, the studio promises upscale responsiveness and visual quality, stating that players will “Experience next-level gameplay and lifelike visuals.” They have released only one cross-play trailer, which is rather odd to focus on a platform feature rather than gameplay. However, we do expect a gameplay trailer sometime before September when the game goes live.
2K Games has released a crossplay trailer, showcasing that the NBA 2K24 upcoming entry is finally moving to cross-play. It’ll allow PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S owners to compete against one another worldwide, whether through casual pick-up games, online tournaments, or dynamic co-op matches. They are yet to release an official trailer.
Release Date, Platforms & Editions
It’s official. NBA 2K24 will launch on September 8, 2023. Developer Visual Concepts and Publisher 2K Games plan to release the new entry across all platforms, including PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam.
The franchise did not have cross-play functionality. However, they plan to finally join the trend with NBA 2K24 scheduled to feature cross-play between PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles. You can pre-order NBA 2K24 as early as now from the 2K Store, PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, and other official outlets at roughly $69.99 for the standard edition, and more if you want additional items in your package.
There are three editions currently available, which include:
Standard (Kobe Bryant) Edition
- NBA 2K24 Main Game
- Black Mamba Edition
- NBA 2K24 Main Game
- 100K Virtual Currency
- 15K MyTEAM Points
- 2K24 Starting 5 Draft Box
- 10 Box MyTEAM Promo Packs
- Kobe Bryant Sapphire Card
- 1 Diamond Shoe, 1 Ruby Coach, 2-hour Double XP Coin for MyCAREER
- 2-hour Double XP Coin for MyTEAM
- 10x 6 types of MyCAREER Skill Boosts
- 10x 3 types of Gatorade Boosts
- 4 Cover Athlete T-Shirts for MyPLAYER
- Electric Skateboard
- Arm Sleeves
25th Anniversary Edition
- Everything in Black Mamba Edition, plus:
- Cover Star Ruby Rookie Card
- 15x 6 types of MyCAREER Skill Boosts
- 15x 3 types of Gatorade Boosts
- Black Mamba MyPLAYER Capsule with 4 different items
- 12-Month NBA League Pass subscription
When you pre-order either of the three editions, you’ll receive a bonus that includes:
- 5,000 Virtual Currency
- 5,000 MyTEAM points
- 10 MyTEAM Promo Packs
- 5x Six MyCAREER Boost Types
- 3x Three Gatorade Boost Types
- 95 Rated Kobe Bryant MyTEAM Free Agent Card
Additionally, there’s a fourth special edition called the WNBA Edition. This is only available in the United States and Canada and features New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu on the cover. For more updates, feel free to follow the official social handle here. Meanwhile, we’ll keep an eye out for any new information and let you know as soon as they come up.