The NBA 2K Sports has finally featured the Lakers’ legend late Kobe Bryant on their most awaited video game’s cover which will be launched by the end of this year.
The company has released ‘Mamba Forever’ edition in the memory of Kobe Bryant who had died along with his daughter Gianna and eight other people in a helicopter crash in February this year.
Bryant is of the three players to be featured on the cover of the 2k21 game, alongside Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (Current gen) and New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson (next-gen) for three different editions of the game.
It is clear that the game will have three different editions depicting three different eras of the NBA. Alfie Brody, vice president of global marketing at NBA 2K Sports talked about three different covers by saying,
“Each of our cover athletes represents different eras of the game of basketball—Damian Lillard dominates the court today, Zion Williamson is a standard-bearer for the next generation of NBA superstar and what more could be said about Kobe? Three athletes representing the current, future and storied history of the game. Today’s exciting announcement is just the first of many for NBA 2K21; it’s going to be a huge year for basketball fans and NBA 2K gamers.”
Bryant is a five-time NBA champion and played for Lakers in his entire career before hanging his boots in April 2016. He has previously featured on the covers of 2k10 and NBA 2K17 editions of the game and now to honour his legacy, the company has launched the ‘Mamba Forever Edition’ featuring two custom covers and it will be available in both current and next-generation consoles respectively.
One of the Lakers’ legends, Shaquille O Neal took to twitter as he reacted to the announcement of this news and expressed his excitement for the game by posting:
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) July 2, 2020
Both Bryant and Shaquille have won three NBA championships together, playing for the Los Angeles between 2000 and 2002.
More updates on the game are yet to be announced, including the first look of the game and also the new gameplay and its availability on different platforms.