The NBA lockout has no end in sight, since rich owners and rich players apparently don’t know how to share billions and billions of dollars.

But NBA 2K12 has a firm release date. The game will come out on Oct. 4, 2K reps told us, and nothing will prevent that. Sure, the rosters won’t be current, and there’s no telling how many extra tattoos Chris Anderson will get before the start of the season, but Visual Concepts is prepared for that. Much like last year, they’ll do live roster updates. They will also update hairstyles, tattoos and accessories as the season goes on.

If there is, a season, of course. And if there’s not? Well, you’ll always have NBA 2K12.