NBA 2k21 Cover Athlete
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As live sports begin to roll out behind closed doors, major sports franchises are hitting gaming shelves, too. One of the most-popular sports games on the market is NBA 2K21. Its release is a big deal for any fan.

The game is currently under wraps with only high-level information available. The includes the cover athletes, soundtrack and edition pre-order bonuses. However, we have scoured for bonus information and one video below might give NBA 2K super-fans something to think about.

Let’s get the basics out of the way first.

Release Date: September 4, 2020

Platforms: NBA 2K21 is coming to Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Windows, Google Stadia, Android and iOS. It’s also coming to Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 this year.

That’s right, it’s coming to the next generation of consoles in time for this holiday season.

Latest NBA 2K21 News

Free NBA 2K21 demo coming soon

On August 24, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch will get access to a NBA 2K21 demo.

Information delay on NBA 2K21 news

Forbes has spotted a lack of information regarding NBA 2K21. They write, “…The information release, or the lack thereof, is noticeable. The year has been a strange one in almost every way, so delays are understandable. The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the world and for a time, 2K developers were impacted in a major way having to work from home.”

Read more here.

Fans react to the latest NBA 2K21 trailer

Fans have been calling out the games new shot meter, saying it looks like trouble. Plus, there’s a call for next-gen PS5 and Xbox X footage as the current-gen game looks like an expansion pack for NBA 2k20. Check out the trailer below.

Check out responses here.

Latest gameplay trailer

Check out the latest NBA 2K21 “Everything is Game” trailer below:

Next-generation prices

The price for next-generation is $10 more than the current-generation. Publisher Take-Two Interactive boss Strauss Zelnick said the price reflects the quality of the experience. Adding that it was an extremely modest price change considering game prices hadn’t changed for a long time. See the prices per edition now.

NBA 2K21 announcement trailer

The trailer below was shown at a PlayStation 5 event, revealing super-high detail of Zion Williamson dribbling, shooting and dunking.

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Cost Per Edition:

Beyond next-gen support, price point and release date, this is what else we know about NBA 2K21.

NBA 2K21 Covers & Editions

One of the most-recent and important reveals showcased the cover athletes. From the four editions available, there will be three different athletes. Check them out below.

Current-gen, including Xbox One, PS4, Switch et al. editions: The cover shows Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard in action

https://twitter.com/NBA2K/status/1277966443875725314

Next-gen edition, Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5: Despite barely before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended back in March 11, New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson lands on the next-gen standard edition cover

https://twitter.com/NBA2K/status/1278328803966812161

Special Mamba Forever edition for current and next-gen consoles: Kobe Bryant takes center stage on special edition covers

According to reports, the Mamba Forever edition allows a player to take current-gen progress on MyTEAM to the next-gen edition. Yet, you’ll need to have the special edition on current and next-gen consoles to do this.

The current-gen Mamba edition cover:

The next-gen Mamba edition cover:

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NBA 2K21 Pre-Order Rewards

If you pre-order NBA 2K21 you’ll get the following rewards, per edition:

Current-Gen Standard Edition ($59.99)

  • 5,000 VC
  • 5,000 MT
  • 10 MyTEAM Promo Packs
  • 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 5-pair Shoe Collection
  • Damian Lillard Digital Collection

Next-Gen Standard Edition ($69.99)

  • 5,000 VC
  • 5,000 MT
  • 10 MyTEAM Promo Packs
  • 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 5-pair Shoe Collection
  • Zion Williamson Digital Collection

Mamba Forever Edition ($99.99)

  • 100,000 VC
  • 10,000 MT
  • 10 MyTEAM Tokens
  • 60 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 30 Gatorade Boosts
  • 40 MyTEAM Promo Packs
  • Sapphire Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson MyTEAM cards
  • MyPLAYER Shoe Collection
  • MyPLAYER backpack
  • Kobe Bryant Digital Collection

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Soundtrack Reveal

The NBA 2k21 soundtrack was recently made available on Spotify. Including more songs than ever in an NBA 2K game.

Artists include: Stormzy, The Strokes, ELO, Black$tar and many others. Listen to the full soundtrack below:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0jFtCsLq1gnkUwtw3ebh2g?si=Nz_PYHlxSVmPiYOMnaniYQ

Cryptic Teaser Box Sent Out

Last but not least, one lucky NBA 2K21 fan received a box that was full of redacted information.

In the video below you can clearly see that the next-gen version is written as being different from the current-gen. What then follows is a host of buzzwords like aerodynamic, feel-the-energy, etc.

What any of that video means, we can only speculate on.

We believe the new perspective will be from the bench or courtside so that fans can get a feeling of being at a game. This will be to a feature so fans can soak up the atmosphere due to live-sports being behind closed doors. As for the neighborhood feature, we’re just glad it hasn’t been forgotten.

Let us know what you want to be in NBA 2K21 in the comments below.

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