NBA 2K22 is the most authentic basketball experience to date, as we’ve fine-tuned the controls on both offense and defense. Feel the defense as you drive down the lane, shed defenders with signature moves and combos, and contest shots with an all-new blocking system. Players will be rewarded for their knowledge of different moves, which will result in added separation. Feel and see the results for yourself!
IMPROVED DEFENSIVE AI
Establishing a paint presence is vital for any team, which is why we’ve rebuilt AI lane assist from scratch this year. In the event a player gets beat defending the lane by the opposition, AI will now recognize whether or not they need to send help to protect the basket. In addition, defenders now have improved logic when it comes to hedging screens and identifying their assignment. NBA 2K22 features the biggest defensive settings update in recent years and you’re sure to see the results.
DRIBBLE LIKE A PRO
Creating separation often starts with a quick first step, but an all-star ball-handler can get creative with any dribble package to evade their defender. Dribbling is a fundamental part of the game and many players have signature moves they use to make plays. With a simple flick of your thumb you can string together any number of signature size-ups, but feeling the rhythm of your size-ups will keep your opponent dancing. There are around 50 unique signature size-ups at your disposal; try them out and break some ankles.
TAKE ON DEFENDERS IN THE POST
The game has changed and big men are no longer lumbering, sluggish players, and the mechanics shouldn't feel that way either. We’ve added an all-new arsenal of moves, including back-to-basket and face-ups to fully complement the new-age post player. There are new cancels and fakes that can be strung together to put defenders in a blender and out of position. Ball security has also changed for the better, making it easier to avoid steals and reduce turnovers. All of these changes create a more enjoyable experience for post players and once you’ve mastered the moves, you’ll be virtually unstoppable.
DEFENSE, FATIGUE & SEPARATION INFLUENCE A GOOD RELEASE
Developing a shot meter that’s realistic to the ebbs and flows of a jumper in real life was a priority this year. Identifying the right window of opportunity to take a shot will be rewarded with a generous shot meter, giving you a better chance of draining a bucket; however, if you heave up a contested shot the shot meter will shrink in size and have a decreased chance of going in. You’ll also experience changes to the shot window as your stamina fluctuates over the course of the game, making it easier with more rest and more challenging when exhausted. We’re promoting fundamental basketball by encouraging players to move the ball, avoid stagnant offensive sets, and get the ball in the hands of the open shooter.
LOSE YOURSELF IN THE CITY
On new-gen consoles, players drop into a living, breathing city, filled with plenty of avenues and courts to explore. Encounter fresh faces and talk with citizens to complete quests and learn more about all the City has to offer. The new quest system will push players to peel back the layers of NBA 2K22 and will be rewarded with a fully immersive experience. Plus, the City will enable players to enter online multiplayer games faster via matchmaking buildings placed around the City. NBA 2K22 gives players what they want: more rewards, quicker matchmaking, and a more authentic experience.
SPLASH INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
For current-gen players, don’t fret: the Neighborhood received a massive upgrade as well, and takes place on the Cancha Del Mar, a cruise ship loaded with courts and more waiting on every deck. NBA 2K22 is transporting players to new locales on a spacious luxury cruise where you can compete, dine, and participate in all-new quests. During the Season, the ship will dock at exotic destinations where players can disembark and participate in shoreside Events. Regardless of whether you’re on or off the ship, the Neighborhood has ample activities to keep you entertained on your staycation.
2K BEATS IS BOOMING IN NBA 2K22!
We’re delivering the latest and hottest mix of tracks for you to hoop to all year long! Our playlist has grown and added a handful of popular songs to bring you the best music-listening experience possible.