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NBA 2K22 Arcade Edition now available on Apple Arcade

Manage, coach or play with your dream basketball team on Apple Arcade today.

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Get Damian Lillard on your team in Apple Arcade's NBA 2K22 game.


Apple Arcade released NBA 2K22: Arcade Edition on Tuesday, ahead of the NBA's 75th anniversary on Oct. 26. NBA 2K22 is the latest title in Apple Arcade's exclusive mobile version of 2K Games' popular basketball series. NBA 2K21: Arcade Edition -- one of the biggest games to hit the service -- arrived on Apple Arcade in April (along with more than 30 other games). 

In NBA 2K22, you can shoot hoops with basketball superstars like Kevin Durant, Zion Williamson, Rui Hachimura and Luka Doncic. Build your dream NBA team and take to the court with friends in one-on-one online multiplayer, or play 3v3 in Blacktop mode. You can also climb the elite sports ladder in My Career mode. Customize your appearance, position, jersey number and more as you strive for NBA All-Star status. 

If you're more of a behind-the-scenes player, you can take on the role of your dream team's general manager or head coach in Association mode. Manage your roster, make trades, sign free agents, scout talent and monitor your team's finances. 

NBA 2K22 expands Apple Arcade's roster of sports games, which includes Ballistic Baseball, Sociable Soccer 2020, hockey game Ultimate Rivals: The Rink and the basketball-based follow-up to The Rink, Ultimate Rivals: The Court.


NBA 2K22 offers a number of ways to customize your player in Career Mode. 


Apple's $5-per-month gaming subscription service Apple Arcade now includes almost 220 games in its catalog. Since it launched in September 2019, the service has built up a stack of original, exclusive games, as well as remastered favorites and App Store classics. The games already found in the App Store don't have ads or in-app purchases on Apple Arcade, and any add-ons come unlocked. The service adds new games every week

If you're interested in trying Apple Arcade, you can get a three-month free trial when you buy a new device, or one month for free if you're signing up for the first time. Open the App Store and tap the little joystick icon at the bottom of the screen to launch the service. 

At Apple's virtual September product launch, the tech giant unveiled the the iPhone 13 series. The latest phones include new software in iOS 15 and a new, more powerful A15 Bionic chip. The iPhone 13 series looks to be building on the iPhone 12's inclusion of 5G and lidar scanning for AR gaming. The enhancements on the new iPhones will mean an even higher quality of streaming, faster game downloads and more fluid graphics. Increased storage could also signal support for larger and more console-style games in the future.

Another Apple event on Monday unveiled new AirPods and new, more powerful MacBook Pro models.

Watch this: The biggest announcements from Apple's October 2021 event