NBA 2K24 - Release date & cover athlete predictions

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NBA 2K24 is next in line for 2K Sports as they look to continue dominating the basketball-gaming sphere in 2023.

We are some months away from seeing an official release date for the game, but speculation has already begun about what new features could arrive.


The It's a Cole World Quest proved a major hit with the NBA 2K community, so expect to see more collaborations in next season's game.

NBA 2K24 Release Date

NBA 2K23 was released on Friday, 9 September.

If 2K follows the same pattern, we should see NBA 2K24 released on Friday, 8 September 2023.

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SUPERSTAR - MJ had his own edition of the most recent game

The most recent game did not feature any options for early access, but that could change as many major sports titles offer this bonus.

As ever, there will likely be multiple editions of the game too, each offering unique perks and in-game gifts for you to enjoy.


NBA 2K24 Cover Athlete

The legendary Michael Jordan was featured as the cover athlete on two editions of NBA 2K23, with Phoenix Suns' #1 Devin Booker fronting the Standard Edition.

Michael Jordan and Steph Curry are playable characters in fellow 2K Sports franchise, PGA Tour 2K23, so their existing relationships with the publishers could lead to them donning the cover of NBA 2K24.

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J.Cole featured on the cover of another special edition of NBA 2K23, while Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi were the cover athletes for the WNBA Edition.

With five editions of the game, we are sure to see a variety of cover art and various cover athletes to match!

Cover Athlete Predictions

While Michael Jordan may feature on another special edition of the game, we are speculating on the current face of the NBA!

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NEXT UP - Will Antetokounmpo be NBA 2K24's poster boy

This year, we are looking no further than Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Yet to feature as an NBA 2K cover athlete, the Bucks superstar certainly has the potential to be the face of this year's game.


NBA 2K23 was released across current-gen and next-gen consoles, as well as Nintendo Switch and PC.

We can't see 2K changing this for NBA 2K24, so expect to see some incredible graphics on the next-gen capable platforms.

As you would expect, players using PS5 or Xbox Series X|S consoles will likely have a greater gaming experience than those still using PS4 or Xbox One.

Not only will the graphics be far greater, but various game modes could be exclusive to next-gen consoles.

Game Modes

There has been no news regarding any new game modes for NBA 2K24, so we expect MyCAREER, MyTEAM, and MyLEAGUE to all feature once more.

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While these game modes will likely be available across all platforms, some of the content within them may be limited to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S users.

Another mode, The City, was exclusive to next-gen consoles and this looks set to continue in the same way.