The game publisher named Kobe as the cover athlete of the Legend Edition of NBA 2K17. The timing of the announcement was perfect for 2K Sports, as the company was able to capitalize on the exposure of Kobe after scoring 60 points in his final game in Los Angeles. Bryant had previously appeared on the cover of NBA 2K10.
Fans who purchase the Legend Edition will receive the following physical and digital items:
- Limited-edition Kobe Bryant poster
- Two Kobe Panini playing cards
- Black Mamba game controller skin
- 30,000 Virtual Currency (VC)
- MyTEAM Bundle + (includes 3 packs with guaranteed Kobe limited use card)
- Nike Kobe 11 retirement shoes
- Kobe #8 Mitchell and Ness jersey
- Kobe hoodie
- And, more (TBA)!
The cover athlete for the standard edition will be unveiled in June at the NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals eSports Championship. 2K also released a trailer titled "Legends Live On". You can watch the full video below.
NBA 2K17 launches October 2016 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC.