Kobe Graces the Third NBA 2K21 Cover + Release Date Deets

IT definitely comes as no surprise the late Kobe Bryant has been chosen as the cover athlete for NBA 2K21’s Mamba Forever Edition. Replacing the Legend Edition, the Mamba Forever cover’s feature amazing artwork of Kobe including a portrait from the night of his final game. The Mamba Forever Edition and Standard Edition, featuring Damian Lillard, are now both available for pre-order before launching on September 4 on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

“Each of our cover athletes represent different eras of the game of basketball – Damian Lillard dominates the court today, Zion Williamson is a standard bearer for the next generation of NBA superstar and what more could be said about Kobe?,” stated Alfie Brody, Vice President of Global Marketing at NBA 2K. “Three athletes representing the current, future and storied history of the game. Today’s exciting announcement is just the first of many for NBA 2K21; it’s going to be a huge year for basketball fans and NBA 2K gamers.”

Next-gen versions of the NBA 2K21, featuring Zion Williamson, will release during this coming holiday on Playstation 5 and Xbox One. And for those thinking they need to wait until next-gen, don’t fret. If you keep the game within the same console family, you’ll be able to share certain features including all MyTEAM progression (tokens, cards, etc.) and your VC Wallet. If you also don’t want to purchase the game twice, its recommended you buy the Mamba Forever Edition which will give you a standard version of the game on next-gen at no extra cost. Mamba Forever Edition will also be available for next-gen with the same deal reversed.

NBA 2K21 is a monumental leap forward for the franchise,” stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts. “We’re combining all of our experience and development expertise to craft the best game possible and for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, we are building the game from the ground up to take full advantage of next-gen power and technology.”

Pricing for NBA 2K21 starts at $99.95 AUD for the Standard Edition, $109.95 AUD for next-gen and $149.95 for the Mamba Forever Edition.

There will be more reveals to come over the next two months including soundtrack reveal, gameplay for current and next-gen versions plus much more.