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When does NBA 2K21 come out? Release date, cost, editions guide and more

2K Day is almost here!

With the release of NBA 2K21 right around the corner, we have you covered with all the information you'll need to know regarding a release date, the difference between each edition of the game, current-gen and next-gen compatability and more.

NBA 2K21 release date

NBA 2K21 drops on Friday, September 4, 2020.

The next-gen versions of the game - that will be compatable for the unreleased Xbox Series X and Playstation 5 - will not be available until the two next-gen consoles are available. The next-gen consoles are scheduled for a November release date, but an official release date has not been set yet for either system.

NBA 2K21 editions

There are four covers for NBA 2K21 - one for each edition of the game that will be released. There is a Standard Edition and Mamba Forever Edition for both the current-gen and next-gen consoles, with each version owning a different cover.

Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard will be featured on the cover of the current-gen Standard Edition.

New Orleans Pelicans star forward Zion Williamson will be featured on the cover of the next-gen Standard Edition.

The late, great Kobe Bryant will own the cover of both the current-gen and next-gen Mamba Forever Editions of the game.

As for what you receive in purchasing each edition of the game, we have you covered with a breakdown below:

Standard Edition - Current-Gen

Price: $59.99

What you get:

  • Damian Lillard Digital Collection
    • Lillard MyTEAM Free Agent Card
    • Custom Lillard MyPLAYER T-shirt
    • Tissot Chrono XL NBA Watch for MyPLAYER
  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Promo packs (delivered one a week)
  • 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 5 pair Shoe Collection

Mamba Forever Edition - Current-Gen

Price: $99.99

What you get:

  • Kobe Bryant Digital Collection
    • 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)
  • 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

You also receive the Damian Lillard Digital Collection in the Mamba Forever Edition.

Standard Edition - Next-Gen

Price: $69.99

What you get:

  • Zion Williamson Digital Collection
    • Zion MyTEAM Free Agent Card
    • Zion New Orleans Pelicans MyPLAYER Jersey
    • Zion MyPLAYER Dunk Animation Package
  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Promo packs (delivered one a week)
  • 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 5 pair Shoe Collection

Mamba Forever Edition - Next-Gen

Price: $99.99

What you get:

Same as the current-gen Mamba Forever Edition above, except you will receive the Zion Williamson Digital Collection instead of the Damian Lillard one.

Switching from next-gen to current-gen

One thing that is important to note: it is possible to switch from current-gen to next-gen without having to buy the game twice - you just have to purchase the Mamba Forever Edition for your current-gen system.

Also, you can only switch from current-gen to next-gen if you are upgrading to the same system (i.e.: Xbox One to Xbox Series X) .

Unfortunately, your MyPlayer inventory, attributes, badges, etc. will not transfer over from current-gen to next-gen.

You can find more information about the next-gen switch on NBA 2K's website.

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