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Kobe Bryant to grace cover of NBA 2K21 'Mamba Forever Edition'

The next edition of the NBA 2K video game series already has two cover athletes in New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard. A third iteration of the game will honor late Los Angeles Lakers legend and Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.

The new version, called the “Mamba Forever Edition” will be a special copy available for both current and next-generation consoles for $100. Bryant will be featured on the covers of both games, with him in his No. 8 jersey for current generation consoles and next-generation console editions will feature Bryant in his No. 24 jersey.

Per, the “Mamba Forever Edition” will include 100,000 in VC (which is NBA 2K’s in-game currency), 10 MyTeam tokens, 40 MyTeam packs (10 at launch, with 10 additional packs available each week for the next three weeks) and sapphire versions of Lillard and Williamson that can be used in the MyTeam mode.

The “Mamba Forever Edition” will also include Kobe-centric perks such as the Sapphire Kobe MyTeam card, a Mamba MyPlayer uniform and other goodies.

NBA 2K21 is available for preorder on July 2 and will be released in October 2020 on PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. There is no date for when the game will be available on PS5 or Xbox Series X.