2K games reveal that NBA 2K21 on PC will be the version of the current generation

PC gamers face a tough deal when 2K Games’ NBA 2K21 comes out later this year. While PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X players will benefit from the next-gen version of the game, PC gamers will have to settle for the latest version that lands on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and Nintendo Switch.

A short visit to the newly published pre-order page NBA 2K21 shows this. The news will surely annoy PC gamers, who will argue that despite some hardware benefits of the next-gen consoles, PCs can generally handle many of the additional features included in the next-gen version.

News that NBA 2K21 keeps PC gamers busy reflects a similar situation with the latest entry in FIFA, EA’s long-standing football franchise. The PC version of FIFA 21 is the current and not the next generation.

All of this has some comfort – the PC version costs less than the next generation version – $ 59.99 versus $ 69.99. The price of $ 69.99 is interesting, as this may be the first official sign that PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are rewarded and cost more than we’ve gotten used to this current generation. Or it could just be an attempt to get the most money out of console early adopters.

When speculating on the decision of 2K Games, there is an argument that 2K Games will likely reach a larger proportion of players through the release of the current PC version, given that the player base has a variety of PC specifications. In fact, not everyone is lucky enough to have a first-class PC rig that can make the leap to the next generation.

2K Games also revealed the last cover athlete for NBA 2K21 as Kobe Bryant. The former Lakers star, who passed away earlier this year, will appear in the Mamba Forever Edition, which replaces the former Legend Edition nomenclature in honor of Bryant. The cover differs depending on the version, with Bryant wearing his jersey number 8 in the version of the current generation and number 24 in the version of the next generation.

Aside from the Mamba Forever Edition, the Standard Edition includes Damian Lizard from the Portland Trailer Blazers on the cover of the current generation and Zion Williamson from New Orleans Pelicans on the cover of the next generation.

Every edition comes with a lot of digital goodies. Here they are for the Standard Edition:

  • 5,000 virtual currencies
  • 5,000 MyTEAM points
  • 10 MyTEAM promo packages (delivered weekly)
  • 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 5 pairs of shoes
  • Damian Lillard digital collection
  • Lillard MyTEAM Free Agent Card
  • Custom Lillard MyPLAYER t-shirt
  • Tissot Chrono XL NBA watch for MyPLAYER

And for the Mamba Forever Edition:

  • 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
  • Digital collection by Kobe Bryant
  • 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

2K Games also announced that the version of the current generation will be released on September 4, 2020, with the next generation scheduled for Holiday 2020 as the launch title for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

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