Mamba Forever; The NBA is honoring Kobe Bryant in another big way, making him the cover athlete for the 2021 edition of it’s most popular video game.
Officials at NBA 2K have just announced that Kobe will be featured on the cover of NBA 2K21 with the release of two graphic designs; one for PlayStation 4 consoles and one for PlayStation 5 consoles.
In a statement, the company says it wanted to pay tribute to Kobe for the legacy he left after his tragic passing back in January.
“Kobe Bryant holds a special place in the hear of every basketball fan,” the statement reads. “Someone who truly left everything on the court; where his achievements range from legendary to seemingly impossible.”
The new game is being called the “Mamba Forever Edition”; and is expected to Come with special features, including Kobe gear for virtual players.
“The Mamba Forever Edition celebrates Kobe’s lifelong pursuit of victory and legacy; and immortalizes him with two unique custom covers honoring the span of his career,” the statement continues. “For the current generation version of the game, Kobe is shown wearing #8; from his days as a bold and brash rookie. In the next-generation cover art, he is shown wearing #24; the number he played his final game in: his iconic 60-point performance.”
The game is scheduled to be released in September.