NBA 2K21

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NBA 2K21
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NBA 2K21 Current Gen cover art.
Developer(s) Visual Concepts
Publisher(s) 2K Sports
Series NBA 2K
Platform(s) PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Windows, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia
Release date(s) September 4th 2020 (Current Gen)

Holidays 2020 (Next Gen)

System requirements TBA

NBA 2K21 is an upcoming NBA basketball simulation video game by 2K Sports. It will be the twenty-second installment of the NBA 2K series, with the Current Gen version scheduled for release on September 4th, 2020. The Next Gen version will be available as a launch title for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, during the 2020 Holiday Season. It will be the direct sequel to NBA 2K20, and will be followed by NBA 2K22. Damian Lillard will appear on the cover of the Current Gen version, while Zion Williamson will appear on the Next Gen cover. The Legend Edition, titled the Mamba Forever Edition, features exclusive Current Gen and Next Gen Kobe Bryant covers.

Current & Next Gen Versions

As a game released during the launch of a new console generation, NBA 2K21 has both a "Current Gen" and "Next Gen" version. This nomenclature will likely change to "Last Gen" and "Current Gen" respectively once the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have been established as the current generation, most likely for NBA 2K22. A breakdown of the Current Gen and Next Gen versions are as follows:

  • The PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Google Stadia versions, and the PC/Windows port, are Current Gen.
  • The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are Next Gen.

Cross-Platform Progression & Upgrades

Gamers who pre-order the Mamba Forever Edition of NBA 2K21 (see below for more details) will have access to a copy to the Standard Edition for the other generation of the same console family. In other words, purchasing the Mamba Forever Edition for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One will grant access to a free copy to the Standard Edition of NBA 2K21 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Likewise, the Mamba Forever edition for PS5/XSX will include a free copy of the Standard Edition for PS4/X1.

MyTEAM progression will be cross-platform, meaning that cards, MyTEAM Points, Tokens, and all progress from one platform will carry across to another in the same console family. The VC wallet will also be shared between platforms, meaning any VC earned or purchased in one version will be available in the other. By the same token, spending VC in one version will deplete that amount from your wallet in the other.

Conversely, MyCAREER progress will not be cross-platform in NBA 2K21, regardless of edition or platform.

Development & Features

NBA 2K21 will be a sim-oriented basketball video game, presumably retaining staple modes such as MyCAREER, MyGM, MyLEAGUE, MyTEAM, The Playground, The Neighborhood, and 2K Pro-Am, as well as gameplay elements such as the Pro Stick, and additional content such as the historical and WNBA teams.

The game was officially announced via a teaser trailer at a PlayStation 5 event on June 11th, 2020. The teaser featured Zion Williamson dribbling on an empty court before dunking the basketball, apparently demonstrating new sweat effects, lighting, and physics. A Tweet from the official NBA 2K Twitter account promised "next gen graphics", "next gen load times", and "next gen power" for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox One releases.

As noted above, the Current Gen and Next Gen versions feature cross-platform progression for MyTEAM and a shared VC wallet in the same console family. MyCAREER progress will not carry over between platforms.

The game's soundtrack was revealed on July 27th, 2020. The Current Gen version will feature 52 tracks at launch, including songs by cover player Damian Lillard. The Next Gen version is set to feature a soundtrack with over 200 songs at launch. Both versions will have new songs added post-release.

Cover Players

On June 24th 2020, the official NBA 2K Twitter announced the reveal of three different covers over the course of June 30th, July 1st, and July 2nd. The first announcement on June 30th revealed the Current Gen (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch) cover player to be Damian Lillard. On July 1st, Zion Williamson was revealed as the cover player for the Next Gen (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X) version. Kobe Bryant appears on the cover of the Mamba Forever Edition - the Legend Edition of NBA 2K21 - with unique covers for the Current Gen and Next Gen releases.

Cover Art

Pre-Order Bonuses

NBA 2K21 was made available to pre-order on July 2nd, 2020. At the same time, the pre-order bonuses were revealed, along with the release date of September 4th, 2020 for the Current Gen version. The bonuses for the various editions of NBA 2K21 are as follows.

Standard Edition - Current Gen

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Promo packs (delivered one a week)
  • 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 5 pair Shoe Collection
  • Damian Lillard Digital Collection
    • Lillard MyTEAM Free Agent Card
    • Custom Lillard MyPLAYER T-shirt
    • Tissot Chrono XL NBA Watch for MyPLAYER

Standard Edition - Next Gen

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Promo packs (delivered one a week)
  • 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 5 pair Shoe Collection
  • Zion Williamson Digital Collection
    • Zion MyTEAM Free Agent Card
    • Zion New Orleans Pelicans MyPLAYER Jersey
    • Zion MyPLAYER Dunk Animation Package

Mamba Forever Edition - Current Gen

  • 100,000 Virtual Currency
  • 10,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Tokens
  • 60 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 30 Gatorade Boosts
  • 40 MyTEAM Promo Packs (10 at launch, then 3 per week)
  • Sapphire Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson MyTEAM cards
  • MyPLAYER Shoe Collection
  • MyPLAYER backpack
  • Kobe Bryant Digital Collection
    • 5 MyPLAYER Shoes
    • 3 MyPLAYER Jerseys
    • Black Mamba MyPLAYER Uniform
    • Rookie Lakers MyTEAM Jerseys
    • Black Mamba custom MyTEAM Jerseys
    • Sapphire Kobe MyTEAM Card (Evos to Ruby)
    • 5 MyTEAM Shoes (Incl. 1 Diamond)

Pre-order to receive the following digital items:

  • Damian Lillard Digital Collection
    • Lillard MyTEAM Free Agent Card
    • Custom Lillard MyPLAYER T-shirt
    • Tissot Chrono XL NBA Watch for MyPLAYER

Mamba Forever Edition - Next Gen

  • 100,000 Virtual Currency
  • 10,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Tokens
  • 60 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 30 Gatorade Boosts
  • 40 MyTEAM Promo Packs (10 at launch, then 3 per week)
  • Sapphire Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson MyTEAM cards
  • MyPLAYER Shoe Collection
  • MyPLAYER 72 HR 2X REP Boost
  • MyPLAYER backpack and ball
  • Kobe Bryant Digital Collection
    • 5 MyPLAYER Shoes
    • 3 MyPLAYER Jerseys
    • Black Mamba MyPLAYER Uniform
    • Rookie Lakers MyTEAM Jerseys
    • Black Mamba custom MyTEAM Jerseys
    • Sapphire Kobe MyTEAM Card (Evos to Ruby)
    • 5 MyTEAM Shoes (Incl. 1 Diamond)

Pre-order to receive the following digital items:

  • Zion Williamson Digital Collection
    • Zion MyTEAM Free Agent Card
    • Zion New Orleans Pelicans MyPLAYER Jersey
    • Zion MyPLAYER Dunk Animation Package

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