On the day that Kobe Bryant will play his final NBA game, 2K Sports announced that the Lakers superstar and 18-time All-Star will grace the cover of a special version of NBA 2K17 called the "Legend Edition."
This version of the professional basketball game will include all manner of Kobe-themed digital and physical content (see below).
"It's a great honor to partner with 2K on the NBA 2K17 Legend Edition," Bryant said in a statement. "As I walk off the NBA court for the final time, it's exciting to know my fans can continue to celebrate my lifelong career as a Los Angeles Laker."
The $80 Legend Edition comes with physical and digital content, including:
- Limited-edition Kobe poster;
- Two Kobe Panini trading cards;
- Black Mamba game controller skin.
- 30,000 Virtual Currency;
- MyTEAM Bundle + (includes 3 packs with guaranteed Kobe limited use card);
- Nike Kobe 11 retirement shoes;
- Kobe #8 Mitchell and Ness jersey;
- Kobe hoodie.
The Legend Edition will be available in digital and physical formats, but digital buyers will only receive the digital content.
As for the standard version of NBA 2K17, the cover star will be announced during the NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals professional gaming tournament in June. The game launches in September for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC in September.
This is Kobe's second time on the cover of an NBA 2K game, as he was also on the box for NBA 2K10.
The Lakers are not making the playoffs this year, which means the game tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against the Utah Jazz will be Kobe's final game in the NBA after 20 seasons.