NBA 2K21 cover athlete 2 reveal: PS5 and Xbox Series X news tomorrow, release date update

NBA 2K21 gamers are set to find out who will be the cover athlete for the PS5 and Xbox Series X editions of the hugely popular 2K Games basketball sim. 2K Games today revealed the cover athlete for the current-gen version of NBA 2K21, and it’s five-time NBA All-Star and Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard. Lillard will feature on the cover of NBA 2K21 for the PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and PCs when it releases later this year.

And in a post online 2K Games also announced that the cover star for the next-gen version of NBA 2K21 will be revealed tomorrow (Wednesday July 1).

This is ahead of the NBA 2K21 release date getting revealed on Thursday July 2, which is when pre-orders will go live.

2K Games said: “On July 1, 2K will announce the cover athlete for the next-generation version of NBA 2K21 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

“More details will be announced including the release date and pricing, when pre-orders go live on July 2.”


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Fans have already had a glimpse of the next-gen version of NBA 2K21 when it was showcased during the PS5 reveal event in June.

And the brief snippet of footage shown revealed that – from a visual standpoint at least – NBA 2K21 on the next-gen will be absolutely spectacular.

The pre-alpha footage for NBA 2K21 showcased jaw-dropping, almost photo-realistic graphics with a visual fidelity never before seen in a sports game.

This version of NBA 2K21 has been “built from the ground up” for the next-gen, according to the description for the trailer on the PlayStation YouTube account.

The trailer also said the PS5 version of NBA 2K21 will be launching in “fall 2020”.

It remains to be seen if the current gen versions of NBA 2K21 have a release date ahead of the PS5 and Xbox Series X editions.

We’ll have to wait to find out who the next cover star is, but Lillard has said he’s “thrilled” to appear on the NBA 2K21 sleeve for the current gen.

He said: “This is a special moment for me in my NBA career.

“I’ve been a fan of NBA 2K for years and love how they represent all aspects of basketball culture.

“I’m an avid 2K player so I’m honoured to join the other NBA greats who have been on the cover.

“I’m grateful to all my fans and can’t wait for everyone to experience the game later this year.”

While Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K, added: “There are a lot of great players in the NBA today, but Damian Lillard has done a particularly standout job of representing the current generation of NBA superstar.

“From his cultural influence, musical success, off the court leadership, and on court domination, he’s the perfect fit for our cover of NBA 2K21 on current-generation platforms; we’re honoured to have him.”

Lillard previously appeared as the cover athlete for NBA 2K Online 2.

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