Since its announcement, speculations have been running high as to when the highly anticipated game sequel NBA 2K18. But the wait might just be over as the NBA 2K18 release date has been known and it is likely to get a release on September 19 this year.
NBA2K18, which is considered to be one of the most successful virtual basketball game series ever, saw its last three predecessors got a release on October 7 (“NBA 2K15”), September 29 (“NBA 2K16”) and September 20 (“NBA 2K17”). Co-incidentally, all the aforementioned dates fell on a Tuesday, and, as September 19 falls on a Tuesday this year, it is believed that the “NBA 2K18” will be released on the said date, not only for Nintendo but to other platforms as well.
It is expected that the feature of this iteration will exceed in leaps and bounds than the previous versions.
Two of the fan favorite features from iterations past – MyPLAYER, (which enables gamers to create their own narrative) and MyTEAM (which gives the players the power to carefully select the members of their team) – will still be present in the latest version.
As per a description of the game on Nintendo’s official website, “NBA 2K18 will continue the franchise’s tradition as ‘the gold standard of basketball simulation’ (Sports Gamers Online) with unrivaled realism and true NBA gameplay.”
NBA 2K, which is a series of basketball simulation video games, was released for the first time in 1999. The game is all about emulating the game of basketball, more precisely, the National Basketball Association (NBA). So far, the game has been released on 18 different platforms. All the games in the franchise have been developed by Visual Concepts. Over the years, the game has seen significant critical and commercial appreciation.
Among the 18 primary installments, the first 6 have been published by Sega before the company before the company getting sold to Visual Concepts to Take Two Interactive, forming 2K Sports. The installments of the game are NBA 2K, NBA 2K 1, NBA 2K 2, NBA 2K 3, ESPN NBA Basketball, ESPN NBA 2K5, NBA 2K6, NBA 2K7, NBA 2K8, NBA 2K9, NBA 2K10, NBA 2K11, NBA 2K12, NBA 2K13, NBA 2K14, NBA 2K15, NBA 2K16, NBA 2K17, NBA 2KVR Experience and NBA 2K18.
Components of the series that have been mostly praised include its overall gameplay, presentation, specifically its commentary, accuracy and soundtrack, its abundance of content, and its consistency in terms of yearly releases without any drastic dips in quality. Although technical issues have plagued many of the releases over the years, it has not overall affected the success of the game as a whole. Multiple games in the series have been appreciated for being among the best-quality sports games available, especially in comparison with other basketball games. More than 68 million copies of the game have been sold in the franchise as of February 2017. NBK16 holds the distinction of being the fastest-selling title in the series, shipping over four million copies within its first week of release.