NBA 2K25: Release Date, Game Modes, Cover Star Predictions & More

NBA 2K24 fell short for many players, leaving them eagerly awaiting NBA 2K25. Here’s a breakdown of what we currently know about the upcoming title, including its expected release date, potential cover stars, and game modes.

NBA 2K25 Release Date

There’s no official release date yet for NBA 2K25. However, looking at past releases, we expect it to launch between September 1st and 10th. This follows the trend set by NBA 2K18 and later titles. A slight delay is always possible, though.

Cover Star Speculation

The cover athlete for NBA 2K25 remains a mystery. Typically, the reveal happens in late August or early September, around the game’s release window.

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While there’s no confirmation, Nikola Jokić, the Denver Nuggets superstar, seems like a strong contender. He’s never been on an NBA 2K cover, and his accomplishments make him a fitting choice. Other players like LeBron James, Anthony Edwards, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Joel Embiid could also be in the running.


Standard editions typically cost $59.99 for older consoles (Xbox One, PS4) and $69.99 for current-gen consoles (Xbox Series X/S, PS5). Expect pricier bundles at launch.

Early discounts might be available, but substantial deals will likely appear around Black Friday, the holiday season, and closer to the release of NBA 2K26 in 2025.

Expected Game Modes

Fan favorites MyTEAM, MyCAREER, and MyNBA are expected to return with significant improvements in NBA 2K25. The Mamba Moments mode likely won’t make a comeback, but a similar mode could take its place.

Here are some possibilities:

  • LeBron’s Legacy: Celebrating “The King” LeBron James’ recent achievement of surpassing 40,000 points in his NBA career.
  • Diesel Domination: Reliving the most dominant moments of Shaquille O’Neal.
  • The Curry Revolution: Experiencing the greatest moments in Stephen Curry’s career, a player who revolutionized the game.
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The City, a popular sub-mode within MyCAREER, is likely to return as well, offering various online competitions to showcase your skills against a global audience. However, The City might see significant design changes, similar to NBA 2K24. New game modes or tweaks to existing ones are also possibilities.

With NBA 2K25, gamers hope for a significant improvement over NBA 2K24. Stay tuned for more updates as we inch closer to the release date.