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NBA 2K21 Kobe Bryant Mamba Forever Edition Covers For Current & Next-Gen Revealed

For NBA 2K21, the Legend Edition has been replaced by the Mamba Forever Edition, celebrating Kobe Bryant’s lifelong pursuit of victory and legacy in the sport of basketball.

In the above image, the current gen Mamba Forever Edition cover is on the left, next gen on the right.

For many fans, Kobe’s achievements on the court and love for the game, had tremendous impact around the world and his list of awards and accolades are obviously impressive:

  • Five-time NBA champion
  • 18-time NBA All-Star
  • Two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player
  • 2008 NBA MVP
  • 11-time All-NBA First Team
  • 9-time NBA All-Defensive First Team
  • Two-time NBA Scoring Champion
  • 2008 and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist
  • All-time leading scorer for the Los Angeles Lakers…

Kobe was the cover athlete for NBA 2K10, the Legend Edition of NBA 2K17 and is immortalized in the NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition, with unique custom covers for both current generation and next-generation versions of the game, that honor the span of his career, from his days wearing No. 8 and scoring 81 points to scoring 60 points wearing No. 24 the night of his final NBA game.

While the next-generation version of NBA 2K21 is being built from the ground up for next-generation consoles, 2K is also introducing several initiatives to bridge the two versions of the game.

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  1. illwill10
    https://www.ign.com/articles/nba-2k21-release-date-ps5-xbox-series-x-special-kobe-bryant-mamba-forever-edition-cover-star-zion-williamson-damian-lillard
    Surprised that they aren't doing the Smart Delivery/Cross Buy and making it $10 more on next gen.
    So unless you buy Legend Edition, you're going to have to buy twice if you planned on buying it for current gen

    I think it would be in our best interest to voice out to 2K to change that. You shouldn’t be forced to buy it twice.
    Not really surprised with the $10 increase in standard next gen version. The 59.99 tag wasn't going to last forever. They are just the first company to come out and announce it at the point. I can see other companies following suit. It just sucks for those who planned on taking advantage of Smart Delivery. A lot of people don't buy the legend edition. They are basically saying buy the more expensive edition or buy the standard edition twice. For me, it doesn't matter since I planned on waiting until next gen to buy anyway. But I was looking forward to taking advantage of Cross Buy and a Black Friday deal. I was hoping I can take advantage of buying 2k21 for $29-32 on black Friday and just upgrading for free. Still can take advantage of Black Friday deal if the current Gen Legend edition gets a deal.
    Bolt957
    I think it would be in our best interest to voice out to 2K to change that. You shouldn’t be forced to buy it twice.

    Well, they are creating a whole new game for next gen and not just a resolution upgrade, but I am only buying the next gen version.
    The whole thing is kinda BS but I could look past it if our progress carried over. It looks like only the MyTeam progress does though in which case there’s no real point in playing the current gen version just to start over in a couple months.
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    Taking advantage of a mans death for profit... it makes me sick!!!!
    You can only transfer to the next gen for free ... If you spend the extra $$.
    Guess I won't be buying 2k.
    From IGN:
    "NBA 2K21 will not support Xbox Smart Delivery or a similar service on PlayStation 5, meaning there will not be a free upgrade to next-gen if you purchase the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. However, if players purchase the $99.99 USD Mamba Forever Edition, they will get the next-gen version when it is released at no extra cost."
    mlp111
    wow.. no nextgen version for pc.. only current gen tech version for pc 2k21

    I'm certain gameplay gonna be identical between older and next gen. A bit of a bummer to not get full graphics for PC version which could obviously run it, but 2K neglect PC version badly for years and it ain't gonna change it seems.
    Already copped the PS5 version so I probably won’t touch the PS4 version just like I did for 2K14 when it dropped. Granted I do think I missed the most polished version of last gens 2K by not playing PS3 2K14.
    Also I hope there is a massive upgrade in the way Kobe looks on the PS5 edition of the game. I hope they get Razor (spelling that wrong) to edit his face. No reason Kobe should look better on 2K10 than he does 10 years later especially if you’re going to give him 2 legend editions. Honor him right.
    Mintsa
    I’m going straight to mamba edition PS5.....I’m not touching any PS4 version. That boat has sailed.

    Isn't that kind've a waste? I mean you might as well get it since you're getting it for free essentially.
    zrohman
    Taking advantage of a mans death for profit... it makes me sick!!!!
    You can only transfer to the next gen for free ... If you spend the extra $$.
    Guess I won't be buying 2k.
    From IGN:
    "NBA 2K21 will not support Xbox Smart Delivery or a similar service on PlayStation 5, meaning there will not be a free upgrade to next-gen if you purchase the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. However, if players purchase the $99.99 USD Mamba Forever Edition, they will get the next-gen version when it is released at no extra cost."

    Scandalous! 2k should be embarrassed. Using a dead man's image just for their own profits, really makes me sick...you'd think they'd actually give people an incentive to buy it, at a lower price or a part of going to his foundation or something like that. Free upgrade to the premium edition next gen should be minimal!
    Think about how many people, kids even, looked up to him and would want this just as a collectors item. You'd expect them to buy it at $99?! I really hope this backfire tremendously, that 2k gets blasted for their dirty tactics to the point they will change it or that this edition will not sell.
    speedy9386
    Isn't that kind've a waste? I mean you might as well get it since you're getting it for free essentially.

    I’m not a digital upgrade kind of guy.
    I like the physical game.
    illwill10
    Not really surprised with the $10 increase in standard next gen version. The 59.99 tag wasn't going to last forever. They are just the first company to come out and announce it at the point. I can see other companies following suit. It just sucks for those who planned on taking advantage of Smart Delivery. A lot of people don't buy the legend edition. They are basically saying buy the more expensive edition or buy the standard edition twice. For me, it doesn't matter since I planned on waiting until next gen to buy anyway. But I was looking forward to taking advantage of Cross Buy and a Black Friday deal. I was hoping I can take advantage of buying 2k21 for $29-32 on black Friday and just upgrading for free. Still can take advantage of Black Friday deal if the current Gen Legend edition gets a deal.
    I had been wondering if the price of games would go up or not. I figured the microtransactions offset things. Either way, I always end up with 2 copies of 2K, one on the Xbox and one on Playstation. It'll be interesting to see the reactions if the standard price of games goes up to 70$ US.
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    illwill10
    Not really surprised with the $10 increase in standard next gen version. The 59.99 tag wasn't going to last forever. They are just the first company to come out and announce it at the point. I can see other companies following suit. It just sucks for those who planned on taking advantage of Smart Delivery. A lot of people don't buy the legend edition. They are basically saying buy the more expensive edition or buy the standard edition twice. For me, it doesn't matter since I planned on waiting until next gen to buy anyway. But I was looking forward to taking advantage of Cross Buy and a Black Friday deal. I was hoping I can take advantage of buying 2k21 for $29-32 on black Friday and just upgrading for free. Still can take advantage of Black Friday deal if the current Gen Legend edition gets a deal.

    Honestly, I think this was always going to be the case. To take advantage of the Smart Delivery, you had to buy the next-gen version regardless. Most people probably assumed (me included) that if you bought the current-gen version that it would upgrade to next-gen version automatically. Also, I think most people assumed that it was still going to be the $59.99 pricing too. The assumption would have made sense if the pricing stayed at $59.99.
    Mintsa
    I’m going straight to mamba edition PS5.....I’m not touching any PS4 version. That boat has sailed.

    I was going to get the XBSX Mamba Edition myself. I have the XB1X now, so I should be in the "middle" when it comes to graphics. If it's a big jump, then I might go ahead and grab the XBSX at launch.
    speedy9386
    Capitalizing off Kobe's death like this is low even for 2k

    They really not....the pricing was set in stone regardless of who was on the Legendary edition. If anything, be mad at 2KSports for setting the pricing for next-gen games at $69.99.
    speedy9386
    Capitalizing off Kobe's death like this is low even for 2k
    I don't get the negativity. Fans wanted this. **** even NBA players wanted this. Legend Edition is always 100. Seems like the negativity is unwarranted here. 2k did this the right way. Covers look great. You know they have passionate basketball fans in their studio. They genuinely wanted to remember him with this.
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    XtremeDunkz
    I don't get the negativity. Fans wanted this. **** even NBA players wanted this. Legend Edition is always 100. Seems like the negativity is unwarranted here. 2k did this the right way. Covers look great. You know they have passionate basketball fans in their studio. They genuinely wanted to remember him with this.
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    It's the fact that most other games are giving free upgrades at no extra charge. 2K charging 40 dollars extra with Kobe face on it seems like a cash grab off the man's name in context.
    speedy9386
    It's the fact that most other games are giving free upgrades at no extra charge. 2K charging 40 dollars extra with Kobe face on it seems like a cash grab off the man's name in context.

    What? Did you read the article? If you get the Legendary Edition, you basically unlock the game for current and next-gen consoles. Like the previous poster said, the Legendary edition has always been $100. The legit argument is with the STANDARD edition where it won't upgrade to the next-gen version. In that circumstance, you would be stuck buying two versions. BS aside, that concept of buying is nothing new. You had to do the same thing when it was X360 to XB1 and PS3 to PS4. It was actually worse, because you had to buy the Legendary edition twice. At least with the Legendary edition, it's just the one purchase.
    Half the proceeds of this better go to the Mamba Foundation or this is just a gross cash grab off a man's death.
    I don't care if "everyone wanted it". They're going to sell a crap ton more of these just because Kobe is on the cover and they know it. And this is coming from a guy who still gets sad when he sees videos of Kobe.
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    Apologies in advance if this information is already out there somewhere but are there any additional features tied to the Kobe Bryant addition? Do we know if there's any kind of in-game Kobe enhancements (like a Kobe Mode)?
    Both covers look incredible but I can't meet that price point, unfortunately. I wish they were priced normally.
    ksuttonjr76
    The fake outrage in this thread...christ.
    Just because you don't agree with those of us who think this is just an easy excuse for 2k to sell more copies of their $100 version and claim it's "honoring Kobe" doesn't mean we're being "fake".
    They could have put KG on the cover and honored Kobe IN GAME but they chose the route that would make them more money. Or maybe they could have just put Kobe on every cover, but we all know why they chose just one.
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    zrohman
    Taking advantage of a mans death for profit... it makes me sick!!!!

    There is always some form of a "legend edition" every year with 2k... Seems only fitting for it to be Kobe this year assuming they needed to get permission to use his likeness in the first place.. They will profit, obviously, but this is more than just a profit grab, using him this year is a way of honoring him also.
    ksuttonjr76
    What? Did you read the article? If you get the Legendary Edition, you basically unlock the game for current and next-gen consoles. Like the previous poster said, the Legendary edition has always been $100. The legit argument is with the STANDARD edition where it won't upgrade to the next-gen version. In that circumstance, you would be stuck buying two versions. BS aside, that concept of buying is nothing new. You had to do the same thing when it was X360 to XB1 and PS3 to PS4. It was actually worse, because you had to buy the Legendary edition twice. At least with the Legendary edition, it's just the one purchase.

    If it was the same deal for standard as well I'd have no problem with it. But the fact that they made it so you have to get the more expensive version to get a free upgrade when most other games aren't making you pay anything is whats shady to me. The fact that they put Kobe's face on their hustle makes it 10x worse.
    My problem isn't that they put Kobe on the cover I think that's a dope way to commemorate him. My problem is they used it to push an unfair deal.
    BA2929
    Just because you don't agree with those of us who think this is just an easy excuse for 2k to sell more copies of their $100 version and claim it's "honoring Kobe" doesn't mean we're being "fake".
    They could have put KG on the cover and honored Kobe IN GAME but they chose the route that would make them more money. Or maybe they could have just put Kobe on every cover, but we all know why they chose just one.
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    Agree to disagree.
    To me, it just made logical sense for him to be on the Legendary Cover THIS year versus NBA 2K22. As for the pricing, 2K Sports is really the FIRST company to announce their pricing, and probably won't be the last. Just wait until the other games with "Gold/Legendary" editions start announcing their games for the next-gen consoles. All 2K Sports did was set the precedent for other gaming companies. If you get the standard edition, you'll have to buy it twice. If you get the gold/legendary edition, you get both the current and next-gen versions.
    I just don't get it... Seems like most people wanted Kobe on the legend cover, and now people are mad that he is on it because (shocker!) it costs more (like it always does).... Doesn't make any sense.
    ojandpizza
    I just don't get it... Seems like most people wanted Kobe on the legend cover, and now people are mad that he is on it because (shocker!) it costs more (like it always does).... Doesn't make any sense.
    Welcome to 2020 where people get fake mad over everything.
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    Let's keep it 100%. No one thought it was too good to be true if all you had to do was just buy the game on the current generation at $59.99, but then you automatically get an upgrade on the next generation console? Hell. Now I feel like an idiot even thinking that. I can see "future proofing" yourself if the $69.99 next-gen game "unlocked" the current gen version...if game companies make that an option.
    ojandpizza
    I just don't get it... Seems like most people wanted Kobe on the legend cover, and now people are mad that he is on it because (shocker!) it costs more (like it always does).... Doesn't make any sense.

    Can't speak for others but my problem isn't with Kobe being on the cover. I was hoping he would be. It's the unfair deal they have when it comes to upgrading that's the problem. Them using his name to sell that deal just seems shady to me.
    ksuttonjr76
    Let's keep it 100%. No one thought it was too good to be true if all you had to do was just buy the game on the current generation at $59.99, but then you automatically get an upgrade on the next generation console?

    Not really when a bunch of first party games are doing that right now. Xbox literally has a whole functionality for it on their exclusives. I believe Madden is doing it as well.
    speedy9386
    Not really when a bunch of first party games are doing that right now. Xbox literally has a whole functionality for it on their exclusives. I believe Madden is doing it as well.
    Madden is doing it because it's a copy paste lets be real.
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    speedy9386
    Not really when a bunch of first party games are doing that right now. Xbox literally has a whole functionality for it on their exclusives. I believe Madden is doing it as well.
    Did they announce pricing?
    XtremeDunkz
    Madden is doing it because it's a copy paste lets be real.
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    Let me correct myself, because you made a point. What games that were exclusively developed for next-gen has announced their pricing?
    illwill10
    https://www.ign.com/articles/nba-2k21-release-date-ps5-xbox-series-x-special-kobe-bryant-mamba-forever-edition-cover-star-zion-williamson-damian-lillard
    Surprised that they aren't doing the Smart Delivery/Cross Buy and making it $10 more on next gen.
    So unless you buy Legend Edition, you're going to have to buy twice if you planned on buying it for current gen
    I'm not surprised considering it's being built from the ground up unlike Madden or other games that offer smart delivery.
    The cancel culture is alive on OS as well it seems, since everyone who's mad / angry / enraged about this is supposedly fake? Get over yourself. If you don't see any problem, fine, but basically forcing people to buy the Kobe edition if they want to continue on next-gen is just nasty. Also, could've just made his edition a regular one or for once just show they're not about profits by either making it cheaper this time so more people could get this special edition cover since it will be a collectors item for sure - or make sure part of it goes to Kobe, his Foundation or something chosen by Kobe's family. Using a dead man's image is not like just using a legend, something that apparently has to be pointed out to people who don't think there's a difference.
    ksuttonjr76
    Did they announce pricing?

    Yea Xbox is calling it Smart Delivery where you don't have to pay to upgrade for any of their exclusives. Cyber punk probably the biggest new IP coming out is gonna be upgradeable for free as well because from their words "gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades".
    ksuttonjr76
    Honestly, I think this was always going to be the case. To take advantage of the Smart Delivery, you had to buy the next-gen version regardless. Most people probably assumed (me included) that if you bought the current-gen version that it would upgrade to next-gen version automatically. Also, I think most people assumed that it was still going to be the $59.99 pricing too. The assumption would have made sense if the pricing stayed at $59.99.

    Junior Moe
    I had been wondering if the price of games would go up or not. I figured the microtransactions offset things. Either way, I always end up with 2 copies of 2K, one on the Xbox and one on Playstation. It'll be interesting to see the reactions if the standard price of games goes up to 70$ US.
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    Yeah one could've thought the microtransactions would have made up for keeping it at $59.99. But it was inevitable that it would go up. It's been $59.99 since start of 7th gen. So it wasn't going to stay like that forever. Even the former PlayStation Exec Shawn Layden recently said he doesn't seem game pricing staying as is. I expect others to follow suit
    It just sucks since I wanted to take advantage of a Black Friday sale. I don't expect next gen to go on sale until Feb or March
    speedy9386
    Yea Xbox is calling it Smart Delivery where you don't have to pay to upgrade for any of their exclusives. Cyber punk probably the biggest new IP coming out is gonna be upgradeable for free as well because from their words "gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades".

    You’re technically not buying the same game twice with 2k. If 2k21 current gen/next gen release is anything like nba 2k14 release . Then we’re gonna get two totally different experiences with the games. Whereas a game like Cyberpunk 2077 is more than likely getting a port over to the next gen. Granted I do think it sucks having to purchase twice
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    speedy9386
    Yea Xbox is calling it Smart Delivery where you don't have to pay to upgrade for any of their exclusives. Cyber punk probably the biggest new IP coming out is gonna be upgradeable for free as well because from their words "gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades".

    One could argue that the difference between NBA 2k21 current/next gen experience could more than different than what we got with NBA 2k19/NBA 2K20
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    SwankSinatra
    You’re technically not buying the same game twice with 2k. If 2k21 current gen/next gen release is anything like nba 2k14 release . Then we’re gonna get two totally different experiences with the games. Whereas a game like Cyberpunk 2077 is more than likely getting a port over to the next gen. Granted I do think it sucks having to purchase twice
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    If there's a significant difference between the two versions then I'll be more understanding. Guess it's a wait and see at this point.
    OTMax
    The cancel culture is alive on OS as well it seems, since everyone who's mad / angry / enraged about this is supposedly fake? Get over yourself. If you don't see any problem, fine, but basically forcing people to buy the Kobe edition if they want to continue on next-gen is just nasty. Also, could've just made his edition a regular one or for once just show they're not about profits by either making it cheaper this time so more people could get this special edition cover since it will be a collectors item for sure - or make sure part of it goes to Kobe, his Foundation or something chosen by Kobe's family. Using a dead man's image is not like just using a legend, something that apparently has to be pointed out to people who don't think there's a difference.

    Spoken like a true entitled gamer. Like I said before, if other gaming companies adopt a pricing of "$59.99 gives you both generational versions of the game", THEN we can march on Take Two HQ with torches and pitchforks.
    However, if other gaming companies adopt this pricing strategy, then it is what it is when it comes to next-gen pricing. As for the donations and NFP comments...come on, man. Take Two is still a business.
    tsbmolina
    I'm not surprised considering it's being built from the ground up unlike Madden or other games that offer smart delivery.

    Is it really? Did they say this?
    speedy9386
    If there's a significant difference between the two versions then I'll be more understanding

    Yeah can see 2k21 for current gen being more of 2k20.5 like Madden seems. But Next Gen is being built from ground up next gen, so I can expect a totally difference experience.
    speedy9386
    Yea Xbox is calling it Smart Delivery where you don't have to pay to upgrade for any of their exclusives. Cyber punk probably the biggest new IP coming out is gonna be upgradeable for free as well because from their words "gamers should never be forced to purchase the same game twice or pay for upgrades".

    I know what the intentions of Smart Delivery is...I'm asking about the official pricing across the board for this special feature. Read between the lines...we was forced to buy the game twice during this current generation. Next-gen is giving us an OPTION not to. 2K Sports is just the first company to do it.
    BA2929
    Half the proceeds of this better go to the Mamba Foundation or this is just a gross cash grab off a man's death.
    I don't care if "everyone wanted it". They're going to sell a crap ton more of these just because Kobe is on the cover and they know it. And this is coming from a guy who still gets sad when he sees videos of Kobe.
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    Man stop it you don't get to decide what happens.
    Obviously his family already had a say in it and that's all that matters.
    Just because you watched the guy on TV doesn't mean you get to armchair dictate what goes on behind the scenes when you have absolutely no idea how it got to this point in the first place.
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    ksuttonjr76
    I know what the intentions of Smart Delivery is...I'm asking about the official pricing across the board for this special feature. Read between the lines...we was forced to buy the game twice during this current generation. Next-gen is giving us an OPTION not to. 2K Sports is just the first company to do it.

    I can't speak for the Xbox exclusives but I haven't heard anything to suggest Cyberpunk will be anything but the usual $59.99
    ksuttonjr76
    Spoken like a true entitled gamer. Like I said before, if other gaming companies adopt a pricing of "$59.99 gives you both generational versions of the game", THEN we can march on Take Two HQ with torches and pitchforks.
    However, if other gaming companies adopt this pricing strategy, then it is what it is when it comes to next-gen pricing. As for the donations and NFP comments...come on, man. Take Two is still a business.

    I really don’t see the issue . I think this is 2ks way of honoring Kobe . Is it tasteless to force ppl to have to buy the mamba edition to get the “free” copy on next gen ? Maybe. But like mentioned above , we still don’t have a clear picture on the pricing strategies for the next gen console. With this deal you’re getting both experiences for roughly $50 each
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    speedy9386
    If there's a significant difference between the two versions then I'll be more understanding. Guess it's a wait and see at this point.

    Yeah, it's going to be a wait and see approach. I will admit that I was wrong about the Smart Delivery. It was literally in my mind as "Buy it one time, and I don't have to worry about it for the XBSX version". I thought it was the sweetest deal and best transition to next-gen ever. Aargh!
    SwankSinatra
    I really don’t see the issue . I think this is 2ks way of honoring Kobe . Is it tasteless to force ppl to have to buy the mamba edition to get the “free” copy on next gen ? Maybe. But like mentioned above , we still don’t have a clear picture on the pricing strategies for the next gen console. With this deal you’re getting both experiences for roughly $50 each
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    Again, no one is forcing you to get the legend edition current or next gen
    In general you don't need my team coins or vc to play the base game.
    People are wylin
    Y'all really out here looking for free copies of a game.
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    23
    Again, no one is forcing you to get the legend edition current or next gen
    In general you don't need my team coins or vc to play the base game.
    People are wylin
    Y'all really out here looking for free copies of a game.
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    I apologize if I wasn’t clear in my post. I don’t feel forced to buy the mamba edition . I was just saying people are overreacting a little bit . And with this deal you pretty much getting both versions for $50 each which I think is a good deal .
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    The scary part is wondering how many companies had one idea of pricing structures, saw the pricing for NBA 2K21, and then was like "Hold up. Take Two might have just gave us the blueprint for making money during the first year of the next-gen consoles.".
    ksuttonjr76
    The scary part is wondering how many companies had one idea of pricing structures, saw the pricing for NBA 2K21, and then was like "Hold up. Take Two might have just gave us the blueprint for making money during the first year of the next-gen consoles.".
    I don't think it works that way.
    I had already seen the new crash bandicoot 4 in Canada and while they pay more for games than us, the price on that game was higher as well
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    SwankSinatra
    I apologize if I wasn’t clear in my post. I don’t feel forced to buy the mamba edition . I was just saying people are overreacting a little bit . And with this deal you pretty much getting both versions for $50 each which I think is a good deal .
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    They're over reacting like usual. It's a poverty mentality looking for a hookup.
    Just buy what you want or save up for it instead of trying to be in the "first" crowd
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    ksuttonjr76
    The fake outrage in this thread...christ.

    This Kobe 3rd cover lol
    And even added commentary before
    Why people acting like this new?
    We just complain about everything
    23
    I don't think it works that way.
    I had already seen the new crash bandicoot 4 in Canada and while they pay more for games than us, the price on that game was higher as well
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    I was thinking the games with different editions, games built exclusively for the next-gen console, and smart delivery.
    ksuttonjr76
    I was thinking the games with different editions, games built exclusively for the next-gen console, and smart delivery.
    That's a possibility. I just mean I know it's not a last minute decision. For other companies.
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    People legit have a problem with Kobe being on the cover as if it wasn’t gonna happen anyway, and I’m sure they got permission from his family/he’s had a working relationship with 2K for years now. Every legend edition for majority (If not all) of this console generation have been $99.99. They could change up how some of the options work like the “buy 1 version get the other free” system works but also remember that 2K next gen will be a different game similar to 2K14. People gotta calm it a lil bit.
    OTMax
    Using a dead man's image is not like just using a legend, something that apparently has to be pointed out to people who don't think there's a difference.

    Again, they had to get permission to use him from his family, and everybody including other NBA players wanted him to be on the "legend" cover this year. Not a single person here or anywhere else has tried to claim that a "dead man" and a legend are the exact same thing, everyone realizes there is a difference. Just because you can't comprehend that not everyone else sees it as a problematic cash grab like you're insinuating doesn't mean that we are all too ignorant to understand if someone is alive or not.
    ojandpizza
    Again, they had to get permission to use him from his family, and everybody including other NBA players wanted him to be on the "legend" cover this year. Not a single person here or anywhere else has tried to claim that a "dead man" and a legend are the exact same thing, everyone realizes there is a difference. Just because you can't comprehend that not everyone else sees it as a problematic cash grab like you're insinuating doesn't mean that we are all too ignorant to understand if someone is alive or not.

    Hence the reason why I made the comment that I don't think it mattered who was on the cover. 2K Sports would have probably pushed this pricing strategy regardless of who was on the cover. It's just pure coincidence that Kobe died during the year of the next-gen launch.
    Quentin32
    If kobe was alive he more than likely got the legendary cover for going to the hall of fame this year.
    I can’t believe this a issue

    I think KG had a chance.
    23
    They're over reacting like usual. It's a poverty mentality looking for a hookup.
    Just buy what you want or save up for it instead of trying to be in the "first" crowd
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    Please stop because that's a terrible take. How about you buy everyone a second copy.
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    It's amazing. If 2k didn't put Kobe on the legend cover people would have been upset. I saw comments yesterday saying things like "Kobe better be on the legend cover!" 2k puts him on the cover, I'm sure after receiving permission from his family, and people claim they are profiting off his death. In that case no one should be selling any type of Kobe merchandise. NBA should stop selling his jersey or anything having to do with Kobe. Nike should discontinue his shoes and the Mamba brand. Any book or magazine about Kobe should be pulled from shelves.
    His family could have easily denied permission or demanded a portion of the sales go to a donation (which could possibly be happening?). If they have no issue with it I don't think it's fair for anyone else to have an issue.
    As for people being upset about the lack of "Smart Delivery" support, I understand the complaints but I also understand 2K's decision. If the next gen version truly is built from the ground up then it's essentially a different game. It's not just a simple patch like you would get for Xbox One X or PS4 Pro version. Heck it sounds like even PC isn't getting the next gen version. I'd much rather get a legit next-gen version of the game than a glorified patch update.
    Price increase($70) plus microtransactions...might be sticking to the current gen for a lil while longer than I expected lol
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    Everyone is missing the point. If you wanted to honor Kobe you would have a Kobe Bryant career challenge mode like NBA 2k11 for Michael Jordan. Instead they are just slapping him on the cover and increasing prices at that. The online gameplay totally broke when 2K19 came out. I didn't waste my money on 2K20 and only would buy 2K21 if they made a Kobe challenge mode. My only hope is that in about 2-3 years, gameplay will peak again like it always does on a new console. Those of us my age (33) who have been playing since Dreamcast have been through this viscious cycle before. First game on new console sucks a$$. This one is a total money grab even more so than 2K19 and 20. #BRINGBACK2K18SERVERS !!!!! 
    simcity24
    Everyone is missing the point. If you wanted to honor Kobe you would have a Kobe Bryant career challenge mode like NBA 2k11 for Michael Jordan. Instead they are just slapping him on the cover and increasing prices at that. The online gameplay totally broke when 2K19 came out. I didn't waste my money on 2K20 and only would buy 2K21 if they made a Kobe challenge mode. My only hope is that in about 2-3 years, gameplay will peak again like it always does on a new console. Those of us my age (33) who have been playing since Dreamcast have been through this viscious cycle before. First game on new console sucks a$$. This one is a total money grab even more so than 2K19 and 20. #BRINGBACK2K18SERVERS !!!!!*

    A Kobe challenge was impossible to make. So idk why that’s a gripe. Kobe died 4 months ago. 2k21 production was nearing the end when he passed. Not to mention a pandemic
    dubcity
    Yearly $70 sports games. Woo hoo. Can't wait.
    Production costs will increase on next gen, we haven't had an increase in video game pricing in nearly 20 years & truthfully an increase was inevitable.
    It'll be up to people to be smarter consumers and budget where they see fit. Or they can get on OS, Twitter, blogs, podcasts, other social media platforms or mass media outlets & bitch about it (like now.)
    Also, just because it is an annual title (sports or otherwise) doesn't mean they should decrease the price. Except on rare occasions of attempting to gain marketshare that doesn't happen & isn't realistic. The licenses are expensive, they need to turn a profit & deserve to earn a good living.
    But I'm sure none of that matters because "the 'evil' corporation is too greedy."
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    zello144
    $70 dollars during a pandemic for a game....

    It’s $10 more, just skip one stop for a fast food meal in a year and you’ve made up the difference...
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    You guys in America have nothing to complain about haha your game prices are great.
    Here in Australia we get screwed over..
    Current gen PS4 & Xbox new games from game retailers like EB Games & the PS Store charge $99
    Standard copy of NBA2K in past yrs $99
    The Legends Editions in the past $149
    I buy from Mightyape which is a New Zealand company but has some outlets here in Oz in Brisbane & Sydney. They post out games 3 days before the release.
    They sell most new games for around $69 - $79.
    NBA2K standard copy is usually $69
    Legends Edition usually $119
    I've just checked there site for the PS5 versions.
    Standard Zion - $89
    Mamba Edition - $139
    $20 increase for next gen by the looks.
    Funny. Watching some videos that's focusing on the NBA 2K21 pricing. It seems that a lot of game companies were thinking about raising the price on video games anyway, since game pricing hadn't went up since the beginning of the 360/PS3 era. For the most part, all the videos that I watched are stating that Take Two opened Pandora's Box for the increased pricing from ALL companies with the next-gen console.
    It's about to be ugly when other future AAA titles start coming out and try leverage the smart delivery against consumers. Damn you Take Two.
    illwill10
    https://www.ign.com/articles/nba-2k21-release-date-ps5-xbox-series-x-special-kobe-bryant-mamba-forever-edition-cover-star-zion-williamson-damian-lillard
    Surprised that they aren't doing the Smart Delivery/Cross Buy and making it $10 more on next gen.
    So unless you buy Legend Edition, you're going to have to buy twice if you planned on buying it for current gen

    Vary rarely will I buy a game twice. One exception was GTA5 because they introduced first person mode to the game. That was like a whole new experience worthy of me playing through twice and getting %100 completion.
    This game will not be bought twice especially with the way they are handling things. . . forcing people to buy the legend edition in order to not have to buy the game twice. I am fine sticking with older versions of the game and waiting for the standard edition on next gen. If they are going to start charging people $69.99 for standard edition games at least use the smart delivery system.
    ojandpizza
    It’s $10 more, just skip one stop for a fast food meal in a year and you’ve made up the difference...
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    That's one way to look at it. My thought is if 2K didn't have any micro transactions in the game then fine. With the current business model of most multiplayer games there is no need to raise the cost of a game.
    ojandpizza
    It’s $10 more, just skip one stop for a fast food meal in a year and you’ve made up the difference...
    That frame of thought is a slippery slope. A lot of folks are already skipping those fast food meals before even trying to carve out extra funds for a game.
    Even at $64 (after tax), that price was steep enough to generally limit me to one full-priced purchase per year. We're now pushing things to $75 (again, after tax). I'm sure gaming companies have researched price points that work best for them but as a consumer in a world where wages for many aren't keeping up with inflation, I feel like I've been slowly getting priced out when it comes to video gaming.
    I guess the good news is that games can sometimes be found for a discount a few months after release. Still, as a general trend, it's a tough pill to swallow. I thought I was already sacrificing as a consumer when prices jumped from $50 to $60. Now here we are again. Maybe a $70 price tag is necessary for gaming companies to remain solvent. Or maybe it's just maximizing profits. (Or maybe a bit of both.) In either case, it's not a great situation for a lot of consumers out there.
    2k makes me sick that they’re charging $10 more on next gen and in order to get the next gen upgrade there’s a $100 paywall behind it and you know what is so sad about it? They’re profiting off a dead basketball legend to make matters worse. They should be ashamed of themselves but you know they’re not.
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    SeaTownGamer
    2k makes me sick that they’re charging $10 more on next gen and in order to get the next gen upgrade there’s a $100 paywall behind it and you know what is so sad about it? They’re profiting off a dead basketball legend to make matters worse. They should be ashamed of themselves but you know they’re not.
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    so you mad because they made a legend edition for Kobe after everyone wanted it and guessed 2k would do it AND are mad for a 10 dollar increase for a version that was specifically build for next gen consoles?
    You emotional over the obvious
    SeaTownGamer
    2k makes me sick that they’re charging $10 more on next gen and in order to get the next gen upgrade there’s a $100 paywall behind it and you know what is so sad about it? They’re profiting off a dead basketball legend to make matters worse. They should be ashamed of themselves but you know they’re not.
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    That’s nothing as other countries are paying higher prices for the games when it should be standard across all over but that will never happen as most companies what a profit. Here in Canada we’re looking at $99.99 for game.
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    HoustonHarden
    so you mad because they made a legend edition for Kobe after everyone wanted it and guessed 2k would do it AND are mad for a 10 dollar increase for a version that was specifically build for next gen consoles?
    You emotional over the obvious

    So you’re ok with the $100 paywall? It’s ok to use Kobe Bryant as the $100 version of the game that’s not my beef. My issue is you have to pay $100 to get an upgrade and using Kobe to sell that version is disdainful.
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    I don't have a problem with the $10. But i think it would have been nice for those who buy the Legend edition current gen to get the legend edition next gen.
    I feel if you buy current gen Legend edition to upgrade to next gen, you better not use that bonus content for next gen. Unless it is for MyTeam, I wouldn't waste that 100000 VC on MyPlayer since it doesn't transfer over.
    SeaTownGamer
    So you’re ok with the $100 paywall? It’s ok to use Kobe Bryant as the $100 version of the game that’s not my beef. My issue is you have to pay $100 to get an upgrade and using Kobe to sell that version is disdainful.
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    Wait, hasn't the legend editions always been $100? I guess people can be upset that the Dame cover version doesn't auto convert over to the Zion one, but tbh it's up to the developers. 2k is the 1st to not just do the auto upgrade for PS5 and XSX, I'm sure they won't be the last.
    Personally I don't understand people wanting to buy current gen versions unless they're gonna play it all year. It's going to be what you've gotten for the last 3 years pretty much like the end of every console. If I get 21 at all, it'll be next gen.
    illwill10
    I don't have a problem with the $10. But i think it would have been nice for those who buy the Legend edition current gen to get the legend edition next gen.
    I feel if you buy current gen Legend edition to upgrade to next gen, you better not use that bonus content for next gen. Unless it is for MyTeam, I wouldn't waste that 100000 VC on MyPlayer since it doesn't transfer over.

    If you get the Legend edition, you get the current and next-gen versions. However, you're right about the VC. Since your MyPlayer character won't transfer, I would wait to use the VC.
    SeaTownGamer
    So you’re ok with the $100 paywall? It’s ok to use Kobe Bryant as the $100 version of the game that’s not my beef. My issue is you have to pay $100 to get an upgrade and using Kobe to sell that version is disdainful.
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    Would you feel better if it was Vince Carter? Is it a marketing advantage to use Kobe? Sure, but someone had to be on the cover. Honestly, for my first next-gen purchase, I would rather it be Kobe than any other player.
    ksuttonjr76
    If you get the Legend edition, you get the current and next-gen versions. However, you're right about the VC. Since your MyPlayer character won't transfer, I would wait to use the VC.

    Exactly, you shouldn't even bother with MyPlayer current gen if you plan on getting next gen at launch. You're only going to get like 2 and half months of using that character and any VC used isn't going to be refunded knowing 2k. Are people really going to spend $50+ of real money on VC or use the 100k VC on a character they might not touch again once they switch over to next gen.
    I would only get Current gen 2k21 if I was a big MyTeam fan or just need something to hold you over. I been done with this current generation. So like with Madden and other games, I'm waiting for next gen to play games
    Quentin32
    U get 100k once not for both

    No that’s a lie you get 100k on current and the bonus 100k on the next gen it’s already been posted and confirmed you only get it if you purchase the CURRENT GEN version of the mamba edition . That’s what my post is referring to 200k


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    MoneyOvaHuds
    No that’s a lie you get 100k on current and the bonus 100k on the next gen it’s already been posted and confirmed you only get it if you purchase the CURRENT GEN version of the mamba edition . That’s what my post is referring to 200k


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    This is correct. If you look at the additional content section of the graphic below it says "100,000 VC available on PS4/XB1/NSW/PC/Stadia" and "100,000 VC 2K21: Mamba Forever Edition Bonus". As MoneyOvaHuds stated, this is only if you purchase the current gen Mamba Edition and whatever you don't spend transfers over to PS5/XBX.
    I think I'm going to go with the current gen Mamba Forever Edition. I have never paid for anything other than the standard edition of 2K as I couldn't care less about VC or online, but with this I can essentially get the current gen game for 30$ and enjoy it for however long. Then, provided I can get my hands on a next gen system, I have that one already paid for waiting for me.
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    CaVsFaN2273
    This is correct. If you look at the additional content section of the graphic below it says "100,000 VC available on PS4/XB1/NSW/PC/Stadia" and "100,000 VC 2K21: Mamba Forever Edition Bonus". As MoneyOvaHuds stated, this is only if you purchase the current gen Mamba Edition and whatever you don't spend transfers over to PS5/XBX.
    Well, hell. 200K of VC is a lot as long they don't jack up the prices.

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