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Kobe Bryant To Appear On 'NBA 2K21' Mamba Forever Edition Cover

Kobe Bryant To Appear On 'NBA 2K21' Mamba Forever Edition Cover

Kobe Bryant has been confirmed as one of the cover athletes for the upcoming NBA 2K21. The late, great Los Angeles Lakers star will appear on the front of both the current and next-gen Mamba Forever editions of the basketball game.

Bryant is the the third cover athlete that NBA 2K has announced for the next installment of the popular franchise. Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard and New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson will grace the standard current and next-generation covers respectively.


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Described as 'a celebration of a lifetime achievement of basketball excellence', the current-gen Mamba Forever edition releases will hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 4th. Five-time NBA champ Bryant is bound to be a popular choice among fans.

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It should be noted that the current-gen Mamba Forever edition comes with a fairly hefty £84.99 price tag, although 2K does explain that this includes access to the next-gen version of the game when it launches later this year. 2K revealed that 2K21 will be a launch title for next gen consoles, which are expected to release before Christmas.

The company added that "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."

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It's also been confirmed that the standard edition will cost £59.99 for current gen consoles and £64.99 for the PS5 and Xbox Series X. This has sparked some concern about the increased cost of next-gen video games, although it's also something a lot of us were expecting. Increased development costs mean we're going to have pay more. Unless you're willing to pay less for shorter games, that's just the way the wind is blowing.

Bryant previously appeared on the cover of two past NBA games. The first time was for 2K10, and he later graced the cover of the 2K17 Legend Edition as a tribute to his retirement from the game after an incredible 20 years with the Lakers. He ended his career with five NBA championships, 18 All-Star Game appearances, two Finals MVP awards, and an amazing 33,643 points, fourth in NBA history.

Featured Image Credit: 2K

Topics: Basketball

Ewan Moore

Journalist at GAMINGbible who still quite hasn’t gotten out of my mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), I went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis.