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Game studio 2K announces NBA 2K20 cover athletes and game Editions

July 14, 2019 • Gadgets and Gaming, Southern Africa

An in-game screenshot of Lebron James (left) and NBA 2K20 cover athlete Anthony Davis. Image sourced from Twitter.

An in-game screenshot of Lebron James (left) and NBA 2K20 cover athlete Anthony Davis. Image sourced from Twitter.

On 1 July 2019 game development company 2K announced the cover athletes for the newest iteration of its popular basketball simulator, NBA 2K20. The Standard and Deluxe Editions of the game will feature six-time NBA All-Star, three-time All-NBA First Team, three-time NBA All-Defensive Team and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Davis as the cover athlete. The Legend Edition of 2K20 will feature three-time NBA Champion, 13-time NBA All-Star, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2006 NBA Finals Dwyane Wade as the cover athlete.

“I’m honoured to be back representing NBA 2K. Being picked as the face of NBA 2K20 means the world to me, and I’m excited for the fans to experience the best sports simulation in the world this Fall,” said Anthony Davis. “I’ve been blessed to spend 16 years of my life playing the game I love at the highest level, and to culminate my career by joining NBA greats as an NBA 2K Legend Edition cover star makes me incredibly proud. My family and I love NBA 2K, and I’m truly grateful to all of the fans who have watched me, and played [as] me, throughout the years,” added Dwyane Wade.

NBA 2K202 will be Davis’ first solo cover appearance for the sports franchise after being on the cover of 2K16 alongside basketball superstars James Harden and Steph Curry. Dwayne Wade’s appearance on the cover of NBA 2K20 Legend Edition is the first time that “Flash” (a nickname given to Wade by basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal due to Wade’s incredible speed on the court) will be featured on the cover of an NBA 2K game.

“The NBA 2K franchise has the distinct honour of selecting the league’s best talent to grace the cover of the game. Anthony and Dwyane represent everything that makes basketball such a global phenomenon – whether it’s the thunderous dunks, transcendent talent or era-defining legacies – and serve as a true inspiration for the next generation of NBA superstars coming up in the league,” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K.

The NBA 2K20 Standard Edition will be sold in South Africa for $72 and players who pre-order this edition will also receive the following items:

  • 5,000 Virtual Currency
  • 5,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 5 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • MyPLAYER Clothing Capsule
  • 10 MyTEAM League Packs (delivered once per week)
  • 5 MyTEAM Heat Check Packs (delivered once per week beginning at the start of the NBA Season)

The NBA 2K20 Digital Deluxe Edition will only be available as a digital download. This version will sell for $91 in South Africa and will include the following items:

  • 35,000 Virtual Currency
  • 10,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • MyPLAYER Clothing Capsule
  • 10 MyTEAM League Packs (delivered once per week)
  • 10 MyTEAM Heat Check Packs (delivered once per week beginning at the start of the NBA Season)
  • 1 Sapphire MyTEAM Cover Athlete Card

The NBA 2K20 Legend Edition will be available in both digital and physical formats and will be sold in South Africa for $108. This edition of the game will include:

  • 100,000 Virtual Currency
  • 50,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 20 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • MyPLAYER Clothing Capsule
  • MyPLAYER Apparel Collection
  • MyPLAYER Shoe Collection
  • 20 MyTEAM League Packs (delivered once per week)
  • 20 MyTEAM Heat Check Packs (delivered once per week beginning at the start of the NBA Season)
  • 5 MyTEAM Theme Packs (one per theme release across the next five releases)
  • 2 Sapphire MyTEAM Cover Athlete Cards

NBA 2K20 will launch worldwide on 6 September 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. 2K20 will also be available on Google Stadia when the game-streaming platform launches later this year.

Edited by Kojo Essah

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