Smack dab in the middle of the 2018 NBA Finals, NBA 2K19 has revealed this year’s cover athlete to celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary, and the choice shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s been watching the playoffs.
LeBron James will grace the cover of the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition, as announced in a trailer that celebrates both James’ accomplishments and NBA 2K’s evolution as a series, starting in 1999 as a launch title for the Sega Dreamcast with NBA 2K:
The 20th Anniversary Edition will launch on September 7th for $99.99 and will include a ton of the digital content that caused the last game to border on pay-to-win, including 100,000 VC, 50,000 MyTeam points, 20 MyTeam League packs, 10 MyTeam packs, a LeBron MyCourt design, 25 virtual pairs of Nike LeBron shoes for your character to wear, and more.
If you don’t feel like spending an extra $40 for your character to dominate the court at launch, the standard edition will launch on September 11th for $59.99. Preordering the standard edition will net you 5,000 VC and 10 MyTeam card packs, delivered one per week.
NBA 2K19 will launch for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and the Nintendo Switch for the second year in a row.
This is the second time that James is gracing the cover of an NBA 2K game, the first time being NBA 2K14 after James moved from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat. As a Cavs fan, I’m sad to note that James is still not sporting the Wine and Gold in this year’s cover, possibly because publisher 2K Games learned its lesson from last year’s Kyrie Irving trade debacle. It probably isn’t the best time for the Cavs to find out that LeBron is seriously considering leaving Cleveland once again, but the cover doesn’t lie.
James and the Cavs are currently trailing 0-2 to the Golden State Warriors in this year’s NBA Finals. Unfortunately, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert can’t buy real-life VC to spend on the rest of his team’s player attributes to make them better.