NBA 2K17 Getting Special Kobe Bryant "Legend Edition"

2K is honoring the NBA legend with a premium version of this year's game.

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On the day that Kobe Bryant will play his final NBA game, 2K Sports announced that the Lakers superstar and 18-time All-Star will grace the cover of a special version of NBA 2K17 called the "Legend Edition."

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This version of the professional basketball game will include all manner of Kobe-themed digital and physical content (see below).

"It's a great honor to partner with 2K on the NBA 2K17 Legend Edition," Bryant said in a statement. "As I walk off the NBA court for the final time, it's exciting to know my fans can continue to celebrate my lifelong career as a Los Angeles Laker."

The $80 Legend Edition comes with physical and digital content, including:

Physical Items:

  • Limited-edition Kobe poster;
  • Two Kobe Panini trading cards;
  • Black Mamba game controller skin.

Digital Content:

  • 30,000 Virtual Currency;
  • MyTEAM Bundle + (includes 3 packs with guaranteed Kobe limited use card);
  • Nike Kobe 11 retirement shoes;
  • Kobe #8 Mitchell and Ness jersey;
  • Kobe hoodie.

The Legend Edition will be available in digital and physical formats, but digital buyers will only receive the digital content.

As for the standard version of NBA 2K17, the cover star will be announced during the NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals professional gaming tournament in June. The game launches in September for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC in September.

This is Kobe's second time on the cover of an NBA 2K game, as he was also on the box for NBA 2K10.

The Lakers are not making the playoffs this year, which means the game tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles against the Utah Jazz will be Kobe's final game in the NBA after 20 seasons.

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80 dollars bwahahahah!?!!!

Avatar image for swisdwag

If I can't transfer my My Player it doesn't even matter

Avatar image for eureca323

Already pre-ordered and I never go for these special editions of games but they got me with the cover. Plus it wasn't that much on Amazon with the prime discount.

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They need to change the defense in the game. They guard you and stick to you off the ball like glue. Anyways, picking this up Day One for the first time since 2K13.

Avatar image for silv3rst0rm

Do these "Legendary Edition" of NBA even sell at all?

I mean, when a game's "Legendary" comes with season pass and all I'd get it but for a sports game...?

I considered getting the MJ edition of NBA but after a little reflection I ended up thinking it was a more "Emotional" move than "Rational" and ended up giving up the idea...

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@silv3rst0rm: It is definitely an emotional buy for me. I really wouldn't call it worth it. The extra VC is worth around 8 to 9 dollars if bought separately. The good MyTeam packs are like 7500 vc in 2k16 you get 3 packs from this edition. With the Jordan limited edition you got a young Jordan MyTeam card that couldn't shoot. This Kobe edition they are calling it a limited-use Kobe MyTeam card. Which sounds incredibly lame. What you can use it 5 times and it goes away?

The physical stuff is eh. A Kobe shirt or bobblehead would have been nice. It probably makes more sense for someone that is going to be buying VC anyways.

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Just a heads up if you have Amazon Prime and preorder this edition you get 20% off pricing it down to $64.

I don't know for sure but the BestBuy gamer membership might also score you a similar deal.

Avatar image for sleepnsurf

Overrated rapist. No one will ever surpass Sir Jordan.

Avatar image for kellian1

Will you be able to visit Edwards, CO as Kobe? Yeah, probably good thing that isn't in.

Avatar image for alien33

Pre-order now!! Only 5 months before release!!

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I want the Orange Jumpsuit Kobe.

Avatar image for mkeezay22

Give me a collectors edition with a Kobe Jersey and I'm in, would rather pay more for a proper CE than buy this semi collectors edition

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@mkeezay22: when I first read "Kobe #8 Michell and Ness jersey" I thought it was an actual jersey. Then I looked again and noticed it was under the digital content section. So disappointing.

I might still buy this though since a friend of mine is a HUGE Kobe fan. He would appreciate the physical merchandise.

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Damn reading this brought a tear to my eye.

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@brazprince: Kome Cryant!!