Shaquille O’Neal Announced for Legend Edition of NBA 2K18

Shaquille O'Neal on the NBA 2K17 Legend Edition Gold Cover

2K Sports has announced that Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal will grace the cover of the Legend Edition of NBA 2K18. Shaq previously appeared on the covers of NBA 2K6 and NBA 2K7, and has remained in the game as a playable Legend following his retirement in 2011. He’s also had a presence in recent games as part of the pre-game, halftime, and post-game shows, alongside his NBA on TNT colleagues Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith.

Just as they did with Kobe Bryant’s special editions of NBA 2K17, there will be a Legend Edition and Legend Edition Gold for NBA 2K18. Interestingly, the cover of the standard Legend Edition will feature Shaquille O’Neal on the Miami Heat, while the cover of the Legend Edition Gold (appropriately enough) features him on the Los Angeles Lakers. The cover player for the standard edition of NBA 2K18 is yet to be announced. You can check out shots of both Legend Edition covers below.

The release date and pre-order bonuses for all three editions have also been revealed. The Early Tip-Off Weekend is in effect again, giving gamers the opportunity to play the game on September 15th (four days ahead of the September 19th street date). Pre-order bonuses for the standard edition include 5,000 VC, 10 weekly MyTEAM packs, and MyPLAYER apparel. The Legend Edition includes 100,000 VC, Shaq Attaq shoes and other Shaq-themed apparel, 20 weekly MyTEAM packs, and some collectables. The Legend Edition Gold includes an additional 150,000 VC, more in-game apparel, another 20 weekly MyTEAM packs, and additional collectables. See below for the full breakdown.

Gamers can expect to pay $99.99 for the Legend Edition, and $149.99 for the Legend Edition Gold. A brief announcement trailer has been released, featuring Shaquille O’Neal at a press conference that gets hijacked by Kobe Bryant. Watch it below, or check it out here if you can’t see the embedded video.

We’ll continue to cover NBA 2K18 throughout the preview season, so stay tuned. In the meantime, feel free to leave your reactions and speculation in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the NLSC Forum.

NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Covers Featuring Shaquille O’Neal

NBA 2K18 Pre-Order Bonuses

The following pre-order bonuses are available with each edition of NBA 2K18.

Standard Edition
  • 5,000 VC
  • 10 Weekly MyTEAM Packs (with Team 2K card)
  • MyPLAYER Apparel
  • Early Tip-Off Weekend
Legend Edition
  • 100,000 VC
  • 20 Weekly MyTEAM Packs (with guaranteed Shaquille O’Neal and Team 2K card)
  • Shaq Attaq shoes
  • Shaquille O’Neal jerseys and other MyPLAYER apparel
  • Championship Ring
  • Physical collectables: Shaq MyTEAM stickers, 5 Shaq trading cards, and a Shaq poster
Legend Edition Gold
  • All Legend Edition content
  • Additional 150,000 VC
  • 20 Additional Weekly MyTEAM Packs (40 total, with guaranteed Shaquille O’Neal and Team 2K card)
  • Shaq’s Jersey Collection
  • Physical collectables: 5 additional Shaq trading cards, lenticular cover featuring Shaquille O’Neal on the Lakers

2K Sports also released an illustrated guide to the pre-order bonuses, accurate as of May 2017.

Shaquille O'Neal Content & Other NBA 2K18 Pre-Order Bonuses (May 2017)


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May 9, 2017 1:58 pm

It seems you have been missed to speculate about cover athletes in podcast (or I’ve heard only about Live 18). 🙂

Very expensive special editions. 🙁

Anyway, I want NBA Live 18. 😉

May 12, 2017 8:12 am

I really hope and pray that 2K doesn’t mess this one up. We need those challenges, like top 10 Shaq moments type of things. Maybe add in an extra classic team that had Shaq featured.

Please, for the love of god 2K. Don’t make this about extra VC points, shoes, gear, cards and cover only. I’m still bitter about 2k17 Kobe Bryant, lol… he wasn’t even freakin’ in the game outside of the old Lakers squad and those DAMN cards…. smh

May 13, 2017 5:08 am
Reply to  Andrew

I fear that you may be correct, we have enough evidence to assume that this is exactly what 2K is trying to do. This is a very sad thing to say about 2K, I never thought they would become like this…