NBA 2K21: Is cross platform coming to 2K? Dual Entitlement, Mamba Forever Edition, Next gen, PS5, Xbox Series X, Pre-Order, Release Date & more

NBA 2K21 will be the first next gen game of the series. Will it let players play across the new consoles?

by Brandon Ridgely
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NBA 2K21 is coming, but it will arrive significantly before next-gen consoles.

How is 2K Games approaching this issue? Will cross-platform play or Dual Entitlement be available?

Let’s go over everything we know about NBA 2K21 on all of its platforms.

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Cross platform in NBA 2K21

NBA 2K has never included cross-platform play, and unfortunately for fans hoping to unite the playerbases, that’s still the case with NBA 2K21.

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This means that to play with friends on different consoles, you’ll have to pick them up as well.

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Will NBA 2K21 have Dual Entitlement?

EA has introduced a new feature called Dual Entitlement for its most popular sports franchises Madden and FIFA.

This will mean that players picking up FIFA 21 and Madden 21 on current-gen consoles will be eligible for a free next-gen upgrade that will carry over important progress.

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Despite this elegant solution solving a lot of problems when it comes to major sports titles releasing significantly before next-gen consoles, NBA 2K is not adapting it.

Instead, you’ll have to shell out $100 to purchase the Mamba Forever Edition of NBA 2K21, which will let you carry over progress (MyTEAM only) to next-gen consoles.

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Otherwise, you’ll have to purchase current-gen and next-gen versions to play on each respective set of consoles.

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NBA 2K21 on next gen

NBA 2K21’s Next-Gen Edition will feature Zion Williamson on the cover, and will be a $10 markup from the current-gen Standard Edition of the game.

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For the extra fee we expect plenty of features and development optimized for next gen consoles.

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Release Date

We’ve finally got an official release date for NBA 2K21, and that’s Friday, 4 September.

This release date is significantly ahead of the scheduled release date for next-gen consoles which is currently slated for Holiday 2020.

You can also pre-order the game now!

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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.