Technically, NBA 2K18 release date is September 19th, 2017. But if you have already pre-ordered the game, you will be able to play it on September 15th as part of their early tip off program. Last year's installment was the same way, but in previous years NBA 2K has always been released in early October. Lucky for us, NBA 2K18 early tip off lets us start playing on a Friday, which means we have all weekend to enjoy the basketball game we have loved for years. An entire weekend with non stop action with your best friends and family will certainly be gratifying to many of 2K's loyal customers.