2K has revealed that NBA 2K21's 'Legend Edition' will be replaced by the 'Mamba Forever' Edition in tribute to Kobe Bryant, who passed away this year at the age of 41. This edition will be available in current and next-gen variants showing a painted image of Bryant at two different points in his illustrious career.
NBA 2K21's other cover variants will feature Damian Lillard on current-gen consoles and Zion Williamson on next-gen systems PS5 and Xbox Series X.
Here's the PR:
For NBA 2K21, Legend Edition is replaced by the Mamba Forever Edition, celebrating Kobe Bryant’s lifelong pursuit of victory and legacy in the sport of basketball. For many fans, Kobe’s achievements on the court and love for the game had tremendous impact around the world and his list of awards and accolades is intensive: five-time NBA champion, 18-time NBA All-Star, two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, 2008 NBA MVP, 11-time All-NBA First Team, 9-time NBA All-Defensive First Team, two-time NBA Scoring Champion, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, the all-time leading scorer for the Los Angeles Lakers and much more. Kobe was the cover athlete for NBA 2K10, the Legend Edition of NBA 2K17 and is immortalized in the NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition with unique custom covers for both current generation and next-generation versions of the game that honor the span of his career, from his days wearing No. 8 and scoring 81 points to scoring 60 points wearing No. 24 the night of his final NBA game.
The standard current-gen versions will retail for $59.99, while the PS5 and Series X ones will cost $69.99. The Mamba Forever Edition will cost $99.99 and will come with special MyTeam and MyPlayers bonuses, as well as extras such as the Damian Lillard Digital Collection and Kobe Bryant Digital Collection.
NBA 2K21 launches later this year.