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NBA 2K18 is a basketball simulation video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. It is the 19th installment in the NBA 2K franchise and the successor to NBA 2K17. It was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 on September 19, 2017 as well as for Android and iOS on September 22, 2017.


NBA 2K18 was officially confirmed in January 2017, and was released worldwide on September 19, 2017; players who pre-ordered the game received it on September 15, 2017. It is the first game in the series to be released for the Nintendo Switch; it was also released for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows. It was the last NBA 2K game for the Xbox 360 and PS3. Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics is the cover athlete. When the game's cover was revealed, Irving was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but was later traded to the Celtics before the game's release. As a result, developer Visual Concepts announced that a revised cover featuring Irving in a Celtics uniform would be released due to the trade. The special edition versions of the game, which include various physical and digital extras, feature former star Shaquille O'Neal as the cover athlete. O'Neal was previously the cover athlete of NBA 2K6 and NBA 2K7. In Canada, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is the cover athlete, making him the first Canadian cover athlete in an NBA 2K game. Like NBA 2K17, a free title for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live, called The Prelude, was made available prior to the release of the main game; in it, the player creates their MyPlayer for use in the main game's MyCareer mode.


Based from Metacritic, NBA 2K18 holds a metascore of 87/100 on PC[1], 80/100 on PS4[2], 74/100 on Nintendo Switch[3], and 85/100 on Xbox One[4].

Pre-Purchase Offer

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 10 Weekly MyTEAM packs
  • Exclusive MyPLAYER apparel


Legend Edition

  • 30,000 VC
  • '92 Dream Team playable in Quick Game
  • Kobe #8 Mitchell & Ness Jersey
  • Kobe USA Basketball Jersey
  • Kobe hoodie
  • 2K Kobe XI shoe 
  • MyTEAM Bundle (3 packs w/guaranteed Kobe Free Agent Card)

Legend Edition Gold

  • 250,000 Virtual Currency
  • 40 Weekly MyTEAM Packs (one pack delivered to your account per week)
  • Shaq in-game items
Preceded by
NBA 2K17
NBA 2K18
Succeeded by
NBA 2K19