*UPDATED* NBA 2K21 Editions CONFIRMED: Standard, Mamba Forever, Kobe Bryant, Price, Backwards Compatibility, Pre-order, Early Access, & More

We’re expecting a few different editions of NBA 2K21 with different rewards. What will they be?

by Brandon Ridgely
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The hype for NBA 2K21 is building, and now we have all the info you need to buy a copy!

But which edition of NBA 2K21 should you buy?


Standard Edition

NBA 2K games traditionally feature three editions. This year there is only two.

The Standard Edition, fronted by Damian Lillard on current-generation platforms, will cost £59.99 (prices may vary depending on retailer).

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DAME: Lillard gets the cover spot for PS4 & Xbox One

2K has also confirmed that Xbox players who buy the Standard Edition on Xbox One will be able to play on Xbox Series X via backwards compatibility.

The same functionality has not been confirmed for PS4 players.

Pre-order bonuses

Pre-order (Xbox One or PS4) and get:

  • 5000 Virtual Currency
  • 5000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Promo packs (Delivered one a week)
  • 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 5 pair Shoe Collection
  • Cover Athlete Digital Collection

You also get GAME-exclusives – NBA / LayUp Basketballs, and 5K VC & 6 additional skill boosts for MyPLAYER are only available when you Pre-Order any physical copy of NBA 2K21 in store or at game.co.uk.

Mamba Forever Edition

The second edition is the Mamba Forever Edition.

This Kobe Bryant tribute edition replaces the Legend Edition for NBA 2K21.

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TWO FOR ONE: The left cover is for current-gen, the right for next-gen

Coming in at £84.99 the Mamba Forever Edition isn’t cheap.

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However, it also comes with Dual Access, meaning you won’t have to buy the game again on next-gen. If you buy the game for the first time on next-gen, it will also be playable on the current-gen!

Mamba Forever Edition bonuses

Mamba Forever Edition includes:

  • 100,000 Virtual Currency
  • 10,000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Tokens
  • 60 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 40 MyTEAM Promo Packs (10 at launch, then 3 per week)
  • 2 Sapphire MyTEAM Standard Edition Cover Athlete Cards 
  • MyPLAYER Shoe Collection
  • MyPLAYER 72 HR 2X REP Boost
  • MyPLAYER backpack and ball
  • Mamba Forever Edition Cover Athlete Digital Collection

Pre-order bonuses

If you pre-order (Xbox One or PS4) you get:

  • 5000 Virtual Currency
  • 5000 MyTEAM Points
  • 10 MyTEAM Promo packs (Delivered one a week)
  • 9 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
  • 5 pair Shoe Collection
  • Cover Athlete Digital Collection


Next-gen Standard Edition

If you want to wait until the PS5 and Xbox Series X arrive then you can.

The next-gen Standard Edition will have Zion Williamson on the cover, but costs a little more.

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THE FUTURE: Zion is the future of the NBA

At £64.99, 2K has perhaps made the first announcement in the price jump gamers could see when next-gen finally arrives.

You can book in your NBA 2K21 PS5 pre-order and Xbox Series X pre-order already!

Early Access?

2K has not mentioned any early access for the Mamba Forever Edition.

That means everyone should go into the game on an even playing field on 4 September.

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Brandon Ridgely

US Editor, but I cover a bit of everything. Current favorite games: NBA 2K20, MLB The Show 20, EA Sports UFC 3.