NBA 2K18 Server Shutdown Delayed, Going Offline January 18th

By Sam Quirke,
If you want to tidy up as many NBA 2K18 achievements as you can, now is the time to do it – the game's servers were due to close on December 31st 2019, but according to a recent tweet from 2K Support, the servers will stumble on until January 18th.

The reaction on Twitter generally tells us that this is no great loss to the majority of the NBA 2K community, who both pine for the distant memories of 2K16 and 17 and also took the opportunity to complain about various issues with 2K20.

For the achievement hunter, it's worth pointing out that the Xbox One version of the game is impossible to complete from scratch thanks to two discontinued achievements and one partly discontinued achievement. It seems that even prior to these discontinuations, Work Complete was nigh-on impossible to complete with only one unlock on site out of 23,000 gamers. This particular achievement sounds like a heck of a grind with some elements relying purely on luck. The requirements are slightly less of a pain on the 360 version of the game, and at the time of writing there are no reported unobtainable achievements or discontinuations. However servers seem to have been patchy at best in the past, and it's still a significant grind towards the completion which has only been achieved by 5 of the games 300 players on site.

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Unfortunately the trend for ridiculous requirements continues with NBA 2K20 – the Ultimate Collector achievement requires players to pick up a whopping 2900 cards through grinding or, of course, through premium auctions and card packs. Unsurprisingly no one has unlocked this achievement yet, and it remains to be seen whether anyone can get to it before 2K start pulling down services that impact other achievements in the list.

It's not been a great start to the year for 2K fans in general – just when you thought the WWE 2K20 fiasco couldn't get any worse, the game suffered from its own hilarious riff on the Y2K bug. On January 1st 2020, players were unable to access most modes of the game because its internal clock set them to close the second the new year began in the US. The issue is fixed now, but it doesn't look optimistic for WWE 2K20's server survival in the future.
Sam Quirke
Written by Sam Quirke
Sam has been a Newshound since 2016. He loves gaming on all devices and in all genres. He remains a stubborn Assassin's Creed and Pokémon fan.