The cover stars – and more release details for now and next generation consoles – are out for the upcoming basketball feast NBA 2K21.

The idea behind the selection of this year’s cover athletes is to represent both the present and future of NBA superstardom.

The current-generation NBA 2K21 cover star is five-time NBA All-Star and Portland Trail Blazers standout Damian Lillard, while the PS5 and Xbox Series X cover will be graced by New Orleans Pelicans forward, 2019 first overall pick and consensus 2019 National College Player of the Year Zion Williamson.

Meanwhile, fans of bona fide NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s lifetime achievement of basketball excellence will be celebrated in the special Mamba Forever Edition, which will be available on all formats and replaces the previous staple Legend Edition of NBA 2K.

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“Each of our cover athletes represent different eras of the game of basketball – Damian Lillard dominates the court today, Zion Williamson is a standard bearer for the next generation of NBA superstar and what more could be said about Kobe?,” said Alfie Brody, NBA 2K‘s VP of global marketing. “Three athletes representing the current, future and storied history of the game. Today’s exciting announcement is just the first of many for NBA 2K21; it’s going to be a huge year for basketball fans and NBA 2K gamers.”

PS4, Xbox One, Switch and PC flavours will hit on September 4, with next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X versions set to be available at their launches. Interestingly, the new-gen formats will cost $10 more than the now-gen ones. If you opt for the Mamba Forever edition though you’ll gain the ability to update from PS4 to PS5 or Xbox One to Xbox Series X at no extra cost, as well as other cool, yet-to-be-divulged stuff. Pre-order now at JB Hi-Fi.

NBA 2K21 is a monumental leap forward for the franchise,” stated Greg Thomas, president of developers Visual Concepts. “We’re combining all of our experience and development expertise to craft the best game possible and for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, we are building the game from the ground up to take full advantage of next-gen power and technology.”