NBA 2K24 cover will feature Kobe Bryant with the theme Mamba Mentality for their first edition. The announcement was made on July 6, 2023.
Likewise, Sabrina Ionescu of New York Liberty has appeared as the cover athlete for the WNBA Edition.
The upcoming edition will be the 25th installment in the 2K franchise and has been well received by the players.
The game has been well-received and critically acclaimed and NBA2K16 has sold over 90 million units as of 2018, making it the most successful series in its franchise.
There has been no announcement regarding the game and it can be expected this month or in July.
The only official announcement that has been made regarding the game is that it will release the latest edition this fall.
NBA 2K24 cover athlete is also under speculation and fans are predicting who will appear as the franchise's next face. No information is disclosed regarding this matter as well.
NBA 2K24 Cover Athlete Predictions
NBA 2K24 cover athlete could feature a variety of stars such as Kobe Bryant, Nikola Jovic, and Stephen Curry to name a few.
Being Featured on the cover of the NBA 2K series is not earned by everyone and only a few make it to the cover and is something very special for an athlete.
NBA 2K cover athletes for the upcoming game series have not been disclosed yet, but we could make a few predictions as to who gets to be on the cover.
Cover athletes for the NBA 2K24 (predicted):
The former Lakers' SG/SF tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash is a 5x NBA Champion and wore the No. 24 jersey and NBA 2K24 is the perfect timing.
It would be a perfect tribute to one of the greats of the game and having him as the cover would be the perfect gesture to his fans and the NBA world.
Even off the court he had a significant impact on people and is the perfect athlete to represent the game and would continue his legacy.
The NBA MVP 2020-21 and 2021-2022 is the perfect candidate for being featured as the cover athlete.
The reigning MVP has gone on to the NBA Finals this season as well and is averaging 24.5 PPG in the 2022-23 season and might win the individual award for the third consecutive time.
Even though he's already featured on the cover for NBA 2K16, he is also another candidate to be featured this time out.
Averaging 29.4 PPG and 6.3 APG, he had an amazing season and is a reigning NBA Champion as of now. In addition, he was named the NBA Finals MVP last season.
The 25-year-old SF/PF is averaging 30.1 PPG with 4.6 APG this time out and is the only shining light in the Celtics' dressing room.
The prodigy is often compared to Kobe Bryant and with his age in mind, he could be the role model that the next generation can look up to.
Minnesota's PG has had a good season this time and showcased his individual skills and talents with an average 17.8 PPG and a 6.1 APG.
Similar to Tatum, his age and potential could be used as a fresh choice for the cover.
The 38-year-old is the leading scorer of all time (38,652) and surpassed the record held by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) this season.
It is not an easy feat to become the highest-scoring player in the game's history and being the cover athlete would be just like icing on the cake.
When Is NBA 2k24 Coming Out?
NBA 2K24 will officially release on September 8, 2023. 2K has had the record of releasing the games in early September for the previous editions.
- NBA 2K23 - September 9, 2022
- NBA 2K22 - September 10, 2021
- NBA 2K21 - September 4, 2020
- NBA 2K20 - September 6 , 2019
- NBA 2K19 - September 11, 2018
The fans can expect several improvements and changes for the new game with an updated soundtrack for the game. The game will keep on adding features and updates throughout the year.
A short demo of the game was always released before the actual release of the game where players could try the game and choose whether to update the latest version.
As of now, NBA 2K24 will not roll out any demo for the game.
Is NBA 2K24 Cross Platform?
NBA2k24 will have a cross-platform available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. The upcoming game will also introduce the ProPLAY technology.
Since other EA games like Madden 24, and PGA24 have cross play, NBA has not fared behind following the same pattern.
NBA 2k23 did not have a cross play feature which can be a major upgrade for the new version.
NBA 2bK24 will finally e introducing the crossplay feature but will only be available for next-gen consoles which are PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.
It means the players can play the game against/with each other even with different gaming platforms.
Gamers with platforms like PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and other media can all play simultaneously without any hindrance.
Major sports game series like Madden and FIFA have already added cross-platform support to their game and have been well received by the players.
Even though other games had already joined the race to make it available for every platform.
This time, the NBA 2K24 cross-play can be expected since 2K has already ventured into cross-platform gaming with PGA Tour 2K23.
Players can expect no problems with Xbox and PS4 to be compatible with the game as 2K23 was also released across all platforms.
Apart from the PlayStation and Xbox series, players on PC will have to wait a little longer to take note of the game's minimum and recommended requirements.
With no official announcement on PC requirements, a pre-order for the game wouldn't be the wisest of decisions, and chances of having NBA 2K24 next-gen on PC are dim.
NBA 2k24 Edition Differences
All four editions of the upcoming NBA 2K24 are available for pre-order which started in July. All the editions will have their own perks and with less than a month left before the game hits the shelves, let us take a closer look at the editions.
Kobe Bryant Edition
The price starts at $59.99 and is available on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. There is nothing special about this edition and if you want to experience this game on a higher definition (PS5 Cbox Series X/S), it will cost you $69.99.
WNBA Edition of NBA 2K24
The only difference in this edition is the cover athlete and will only be available in the US and Canada. The pricing is the same as above.
NBA 2K24 Black Mamba Edition
The cover will be different than that of the Kobe Bryant Edition although he will be featuring in the cover as well. The pricing starts at $99.99 for all platforms including next-gen consoles. It will include:
- 100,000 in-game currency
- 15,000 myTeam points
- 2K24 Option Pack Box
- 10 myTeam Promo Packs
- 24 era Sapphire Kobe Bryant Card
- Diamond Shoe and Ruby Coach
- Two-hour Double XP Coin
- 10 Gatorade Boosts, 10 MyCareer Skill Boosts
- The edition will also have bonuses that have several options to choose from while customizing a character in MyCareer.
NBA 2K24 25th Anniversary Edition
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the game series, the cover will have an NBA championship ring engraved with the 25th-anniversary edition.
The pricing starts at $149.99 and it is a limited edition game. This will not be available on Switch. The high-priced edition will also be included with the NBA League Pass (12 months).
The rewards and bonuses will be the same as the Black Mamba Edition with the difference being the quantity.
The extra bonuses in the edition include:
- 100,000 in-game currency
- 50,000 MyTEAM points Ruby Kobe Bryant Rookie Card with the 25th Anniversary Edition
- 15 Gatorade and Skill Boosts
- Black Mamba MyPLAYER capsule (items related to Kobe Bryant for customization)