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NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition Features LeBron James on the Cover, Releasing September 7

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NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition Features LeBron James on the Cover, Releasing September 7

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2K today announced that NBA 2K will feature three-time NBA Champion, four-time NBA MVP and avid NBA 2K gamer LeBron James on the cover of the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition. The iconic cover features Akron’s favorite son alongside an artistic composition of words personally chosen by LeBron. Each phrase contains special meaning to James, including “Strive for Greatness,” “Driven,” and “Equality.”

“It’s humbling to be on the 20th anniversary cover of a game I’ve played and loved since I was a little kid,” said James. “We were able to do something really unique for the cover that represents everything that drives me and inspires me – from my family to where I come from and words I live by. I’m honored my journey can be part of this special time in 2K history and I’m excited for fans to see it.”

In addition to the exclusive James themed content and items, fans who purchase the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition will receive the game four days early, beginning on September 7.

“This year marks the 30th anniversary for the development team at Visual Concepts and the 20th for the NBA 2K series, so it was important to commemorate this milestone by partnering with the most iconic athlete of this generation in LeBron James,” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K. “LeBron’s carefully crafted wording on the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition cover encapsulate the passion and drive that have elevated him to all-time greatness making him the perfect cover star.”

The NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition includes the following digital items:

  • 100,000 Virtual Currency;
  • 50,000 MyTEAM points;
  • 20 MyTEAM League Packs (delivered one a week)
  • Sapphire LeBron James MyTEAM Card;
  • 10 MyTEAM Heat Check Packs (delivered one a week beginning at the start of the NBA season)
  • 5 LeBron-themed murals for MyCOURT;
  • LeBron MyCOURT design;
  • King’s Collection – Nike LeBron apparel & footwear (25 pairs!)

Physical Items include:

  • LeBron NBA 2K19 poster;
  • NBA 2K sticker sheet;
  • Custom Wristband featuring LeBron’s chosen words.

*Physical items not included with digital purchase

The NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition marks the second cover appearance for the 14-time NBA All-Star. James, currently playing in his 15th NBA season, is also the co-founder of production company SpringHill Entertainment and digital sports media platform UNINTERRUPTED.

Developed by Visual Concepts, the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition will be available September 7, 2018 for $99.99 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC.

The NBA 2K19 Standard Edition will be available on September 11, 2018 for $59.99 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC platforms.

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  1. I already pre-ordered 20th anniversary Edition for PS4 in Playstation Store for awhile ago. i hope 2k updated new free throw routine for Lebron James that he using right now in real life.. please improve better on gameplay, presentation and add some good features to My League. i won't bother playing My Career mode due to VC points aka microtransaction..
    please change new scoreboard layout in this game
    please make less clipping during gameplay.. clipping is so annoying to see arms, body got clipping
    2k crossed the line with 2k18 so im not preordering 2k19 until i see that they made significant changes to how they conduct business.
    If they are still money hungry then I'll just wait untill battlefield 5.
    de5m0n
    2k crossed the line with 2k18 so im not preordering 2k19 until i see that they made significant changes to how they conduct business.
    If they are still money hungry then I'll just wait untill battlefield 5.
    That really sucks for those that play modes that are VC heavy. Thankfully all I play is MyLeague and that hasn't been touched by VC
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    Gosens6
    I'm HYPE. Can't wait to see the next step they've taken with MyLeauge this year.

    Yeah, wondering what new features does 2k add to My League and improve anything in My League.. they need improve trade logic for CPU and CPU roster management
    I have a question. It's been a while since I've preordered anything. Do different retailers still do different rewards? Or should I just do the PlayStation store right now? I'm kinda disappointed that the reward is a sapphire LeBron.
    kidanything2
    I have a question. It's been a while since I've preordered anything. Do different retailers still do different rewards? Or should I just do the PlayStation store right now? I'm kinda disappointed that the reward is a sapphire LeBron.

    yeah i think retailers and digital store has same pre-order bonus for standard and 20th anniversary edition
    sactown_13
    If I just pre-order the regular version do I get to play early? I don't want all that extra stuff but wouldn't mind getting a copy early

    no, regular version is september 11, 20th anniversary edition is 4 days early : September 7
    sactown_13
    If I just pre-order the regular version do I get to play early? I don't want all that extra stuff but wouldn't mind getting a copy early

    Unfortunately you have to buy the anniversary edition in order to play early.
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    magalleh
    Unfortunately you have to buy the anniversary edition in order to play early.
    Sent from something on some app of some sort.

    2k making bad move in marketing for people to buy 20th anniversary edition that cost 100 with 4 days early and Standard edition won't get 4 days early
    So let me get this straight.
    No Early Tipoff for standard versions
    No prelude for Switch and PC versions
    making the 20th anniversary edition to buy with pretty much the same digital/physical crap rewards from previous Legend/Legend Gold editions
    making the 20th anniversary edition the only version with early tipoff so as to force people to shell out $100 if they dont want to wait half a week
    :y9:
    The cover im seeing is just lebrons headshot with the writing in the background. This is probably to avoid post release jersey change covers this year. Cavs, sixers, rockets, globetrotters don’t matter, cover will stand pat.
    chrislive1994
    So let me get this straight.
    No Early Tipoff for standard versions
    No prelude for Switch and PC versions
    making the 20th anniversary edition to buy with pretty much the same digital/physical crap rewards from previous Legend/Legend Gold editions
    making the 20th anniversary edition the only version with early tipoff so as to force people to shell out $100 if they dont want to wait half a week
    :y9:

    well you never know there are some people who love my career and Neighborhood and don't mind paying 100 dollars for 100,000 VC points for increase their own created player. i kinda hate my career due to Microtransaction but i only play My League that why i am paying it cost 99.99 to play it in 4 days early
    Junior Moe
    I just caught that, too. That's weak tying it to the anniversary edition even though I get it. Lucky for me Spiderman PS4 comes out the 7th, so I'll be plenty occupied those few days.
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    yeah i also getting Spider-Man on 7th too but other people who don't like Spider-Man and wanna play NBA 2k19 on 7th so won't pay 100 dollars for NBA 2k19 that give them hard time to wait until 11th
    This thread is getting funny...I remember when basketball games came out in Late October! If they would have given me the option to play the game in September, I would have cut off limbs... Lol!
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    BlastaX
    All I’m waiting for is the prelude, till then I’ll keep my wallet tucked.
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    No Prelude for you man, nope. Not at all. 🤣🤣🤣
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    WaddupCouzin
    And yet, you're here
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    Man, It's going to be ROUGH around these parts this year. I feel so bad for 24th and the other mods. There's been a cover announcement and a trailer for the cover and folks are already talking like it's the worst game in the series.
    Whoa, this is gonna be a toxic scene
    Exactly! I pop in for a little bit, see if Mike or Czar has posted something then bounce. It gets real brutal around here. I'm not sure the mods get paid a real salary, but they should!
    Gosens6
    Man, It's going to be ROUGH around these parts this year. I feel so bad for 24th and the other mods. There's been a cover announcement and a trailer for the cover and folks are already talking like it's the worst game in the series.
    Whoa, this is gonna be a toxic scene

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    Gosens6
    Man, It's going to be ROUGH around these parts this year. I feel so bad for 24th and the other mods. There's been a cover announcement and a trailer for the cover and folks are already talking like it's the worst game in the series.
    Whoa, this is gonna be a toxic scene

    lol i ignore at people who whine and complaining about worst microtransaction in My Career so good advice : don't bother playing that mode anymore
    michaelhawj
    yeah i also getting Spider-Man on 7th too but other people who don't like Spider-Man and wanna play NBA 2k19 on 7th so won't pay 100 dollars for NBA 2k19 that give them hard time to wait until 11th
    Spiderman is gonna be awesome. And those people have a choice; buy the anniversary edition, or wait 4 days. I love NBA 2K but I can wait 4 days. Hell if the MyLeague blog blows me away I may have to sucks it up and buy the anniversary edition. To each his own, I guess.
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    I would not mind playing the game 4 days earlier but I have no problem about the anniversary edition angle. If you want the benefit of playing it earlier you gotta pay extra I guess. Madden 18 did something similar last year with their game I think in that you had to buy a special edition version in order to play a few days earlier. The early purchasers will be my beta testers...
    Whoa... I can't believe that there's no early tip-off for standard edition buyers this year. That really sucks, especially after getting it for the last few years.
    Hopefully, 2k will really the error of their ways and release the standard edition on the same day (doubtful but maybe if enough people cause a stink). If not, I feel like I have to do something in protest. I guess I'll get Spider-man instead since it releases on 9/7 and try to hold out until for 2K until the regular season starts. If it takes a few weeks to beat that then I might just go straight for Spider-man to RDR 2 and wait until Black Friday for 2K. At least then rosters and draft classes will be much better.
    Shame, 2k, shame.
    Looks like a cool cover.
    Won't be shelling out $100 to play the game 4 days early since I never play any of the 'My' modes and don't need any of that extra stuff, but if someone else wants to go right ahead.
    I'll be knee deep in Spiderman on the 7th of that month anyway.
    I thought 18 was pretty good so I would have definitely preordered this one.
    It's weird as hell that the Standard edition doesn't get the Early Tip-Off and or any preorder bonuses.
    The elephant in the room that won't be addressed by the devs. You won't hear a peep about it in the dev blogs either. Don't hold your breath. I now have access to a world class automated spreadsheet that provides a free agency calculator that takes into account player ambition attributes such as loyalty, financial, and play for winner, a trade calculator that incorporates matching salaries, and a database that tracks player movement throughout your 30 man MLO. DM me for details as the creator and proprietor of the system will be revealing it on OS for the MLO community that has been pining for my league offline to fully be ported online. There is a silent majority of online sim heads that love cheese free h2h hof Sim 12 minute games at the expense of playing the robotic cpu AI. In this mode you have infinite replay value due to the variety in gameplay that each human brings to a team. At this point the mode remaining in the game is my overriding concern as I've given up hope on any substantial improvements aside from stability.
    bhzmfia14
    Will online myleague finally be like offline?

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    I really like how personalized the cover is.
    Sports video games have got away with just sticking an athlete on front and calling it a day so it's nice to see them try something a little different because it makes it way more memorable. I hope this sets a new trend.
    No Early Tip Off for standard edition, "forcing" people to buy the expensive edition if they want to play early :brickwall Something tells me that they're not going to revert even just a little their money-hungry attitude that they've shown last few years, it may be even worse :34: Anyway, I'm not buying it at least until I see it's worth my money, but I'm not too optimistic... :y9:
    jackzagal
    No Early Tip Off for standard edition, "forcing" people to buy the expensive edition if they want to play early :brickwall Something tells me that they're not going to revert even just a little their money-hungry attitude that they've shown last few years, it may be even worse :34: Anyway, I'm not buying it at least until I see it's worth my money, but I'm not too optimistic... :y9:

    You can just wait until the official release date though.
    It's not a right that you get a game early..
    Y'all lack perspective hard.
    NBA 2K19 releases September 7th.
    Probably a really fluid playing game.
    NBA 2K19.2, .3, and .4 Release when they drop the patches trying to 'balance shooting', which really just breaks some jumpers and creates new 'money jumpers'.
    NBA 2K19.5 Releases whenever they drop any 1 of the few yearly major patches that nerfs everything to all hell.
    Can't wait for the VC Sale!
    23
    You can just wait until the official release date though.
    It's not a right that you get a game early..
    Y'all lack perspective hard.

    perception is reality:y9:
    MoneyOvaHuds

    Prelude suppose to also drop on August 31st , anniversary edition will cost $99.99

    Since it's the 20th Anniversary, I might have bought it if it had something I liked. I don't want any of that stuff because I don't play it. It's a shame that the standard copy doesn't come out early as well if you pre-order it.
    Nature_Boy
    Since it's the 20th Anniversary, I might have bought it if it had something I liked. I don't want any of that stuff because I don't play it. It's a shame that the standard copy doesn't come out early as well if you pre-order it.
    This....make it 500k VC instead of what they're offering then I will preorder lol
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    Not moved yet... I won't be happy until they revert back to 2k1 and on by allowing me to adjust my created players arms, legs, waist, muscle definition and add tattoos.  This generic player model for created players ruins the experience for me. 
    23
    You can just wait until the official release date though.
    It's not a right that you get a game early..
    Y'all lack perspective hard.

    If I wanted to buy it, I wouldn't have a problem with getting it on the official release date, and I do think it's a bit unfair to have a Early Tip Off. But at least, if you want to have it to reward people who pre-order the game, give it to EVERY edition of the game, and not just the expensive one. That was the point of my previous post :cheers444
    2K is going to need to show me gameplay a lot soon than normal if they want me to drop 100 bucks for that anniversary edition. I hope that's the plan since they conveniently took out early tip off edition for the standard version.
    2k coming off their least well recieved game ever and theyre still expecting people to preorder before seeing any type of gameplay or information....crazy
    Really hoping people dont fall for this crap again. Time to send these guys a messgae
    Still trying to figure out how greedy VC makes the game a bad game... I understand the frustration.. but lets not pretend like if everyone started the game with equal amounts of VC, this game wouldn't be the shit.. FOH with all this 2k1 bullshit. 
    To this day skill points & vc should be separate, but 2K went all in w/ vc & there you have it. VC for my court, gear, hairstyles, even signature packages? Ok, but for everything is a bit od it. I don’t blame em for going the mmo/rpg route though.
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    Same stuff.... This year we will have 35 rated overall players with about 10 speed. You will have to buy the anniversary edition in order to get enough VC to get a 45 rated player. Once you start my career you will now have two annoying fake rappers who are in every single cut scene. You will attempt to skip but the annoying rappers will virtually take the remote from you forcing you to hear them talk every cut scene about great cereal. You will want to play basketball but you won't be able to. Because these rapping wannabees will be all over your ears talking about cereal.*
    PS: I heard they are also expected to launch a "pre-prelude anniversary edition" in early August which will cost $40, just so you can play the prelude a few days early.
    Props to finally having a unique cover. I know a lot of people won’t particularly like it, but I’m cool with them moving away from the ordinary bland over art we usually see.
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    Ah no. As much as I admire LeBron as a player, I already know 2K enough (evidence: my previous 2K pre-orders) that this time I’ll pass. I will not pre-order 2K again and be beta testers.
    Will I buy? I’ll rent it first probably. If developing a MyPlayer still requires pay to win spending, requires to spend hundreds of dollars for virtual currency, I just as well play live online across the street.
    midwestking100
    im not paying 100 for a game unless new legends such as Charles Sir Barkley and his phoenix suns is in the game period.

    honestly, with the exception of K. Johnson and Barkley, that team was pretty much there (on the greatest team roster)..
    More hyped about Madden than anything really. Especially the RPM stuff that hopefully improves the physics of the game.
    2K haven't started discussing gameplay improvements, haven't had a gameplay blog, haven't really done anything substantial beyond the Lebron promo. Seriously, we're gonna need some good physics from 2K to make the game fun. No more step warping. I don't want 4 step travels (in the real NBA, I guess 3 steps is fine). I don't want the ball phasing through player's bands and bodies.
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