When is NBA 2K23 coming out? If that question has been keeping you up at night, we're pleased to report that your nightmares are very nearly over - the NBA 2K23 release date and UK launch time couldn't be much closer.


With the return of Michael Jordan challenges, a fancy MyCareer mode and heaps of different covers to choose from, it feels like we know everything about NBA 2K23 at this point in its marketing cycle. The only thing left is to play the game and get on with living our best B-ball life.

If you just can't wait to start this next era of NBA 2K, keep on reading and we'll fill you in on the absolutely essential information on NBA 2K23, starting with that long-awaited release date!

When is the NBA 2K23 release date?

The NBA 2K23 release date is Friday 9th September 2022, the developers from 2K have confirmed.

As well as the standard edition, players will be able to buy the Michael Jordan Edition and the Championship Edition, with each of these versions having different prices, covers and perks.

What time does NBA 2K23 come out in the UK?

For players in the UK, the NBA 2K23 release time is midnight on consoles or 5pm BST on PC.

So if you're planning to play on PS4, PS5, Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S, you can get a bit of a head start on players from other platforms. What fun!

Can I pre-order NBA 2K23?

Pre-orders have now begun for NBA 2K23, with players able to place their orders at the like of Amazon, CD Keys and GAME.

Our handy widget below should pull together prices from around the web to help you find the best deal possible on NBA 2K23. Take a look!

NBA 2K23 covers

It has been confirmed that Michael Jordan will be the cover star for two different versions of NBA 2K23, namely the Championship Edition and the Michael Jordan edition. You can take a look at both of them below. And with his shirt number famously being 23, you can see what the logic is here!

On the Standard Edition cover, you'll see Devin Brook:

And in a surprising move, rapper J Cole will be seen on the Dreamer Edition:

Which consoles and platforms can play NBA 2K23?

NBA 2K23 is expected to launch on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and Nintendo Switch. After all, those are the platforms that hosted last year's NBA 2K22, and no plans have been confirmed to change up the release formula this time around. We'll keep you posted if we hear anything on that front, though.

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NBA 2K23 gameplay details

The main thing we know about NBA 2K23 gameplay, beyond the obvious assumption that it'll be a basketball game with cutting edge graphics, is the fact that The Jordan Challenge will be brought back! The Jordan Challenge previously featured in NBA 2K21.

The developers have teased that this year's version of the Michael Jordan mode "encourages players to recreate 15 iconic moments from Jordan’s illustrious career. All 10 of the original Challenges from NBA 2K11 have been completely rebuilt from the ground up and will make their return this year - alongside five new iconic Jordan moments - for an entire new generation of players to experience."

The official announcement adds: "These Challenges take advantage of more than a decade of technological leaps to provide a completely new way to play through Jordan’s accomplishments - all housed within its own game mode."

Plus, a recent trailer highlighted the all-new My Career experience, which looks like an interesting story-driven adventure from where we're sitting.

Is there an NBA 2K23 trailer?

There is indeed an NBA 2K23 trailer, and you can check it out for yourself below. While you wait for the NBA 2K23 release date on 9th September, this should serve to get you excited.

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