Posted July 3, 2020 by David Latham in Feature

NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition Celebrates Kobe Bryant

2K Games today announced that the NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition will celebrate the life of Kobe Bryant, including having him featured on the front cover. The 46 second purple and yellow trailer shows a re-creation of the start and end of Kobe Bryant’s career, which will feature on the standard cover and steelbook.

Also revealed is that the standard edition of NBA 2K21 will retail for $69.99 USD, which is a price increase that hasn’t occured since 2005. The reasoning behind the price hike is that development costs have increased by up to 300% over the past 15 years, so if fans want their games to keep getting better then naturally the price will creep up too.

Rocket Chainsaw reviewed NBA 2K20  last year, giving it 3.5 stars reporting, “this year NBA 2K20 pushes the boundaries just a little further on providing a realistic NBA basketball experience, it’s just a shame there’s an overwhelming amount of pressure to empty your bank account along the way.

The NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition will retail for $149.95 AUD and includes the exclusive Kobe Bryant steelbook, 5,000 Virtual Currency to get a head start, and 2x MyTEAM packs. 2K Games had also previously announced that the Xbox One edition will come with an exclusive Damian Lillard Digital Collection, while the Xbox Series X edition will include an exclusive Zion Williamson Digital Collection, the same packs included in the base game which retails for $99.95 AUD (or $89.95 AUD on Switch and Steam).

Watch the official NBA 2K21 Mamba Forever Edition “Celebrating Kobe Bryant” trailer below:


Kobe Bryant holds a special place in the heart of every basketball fan – someone who truly left everything on the court, where his achievements range from legendary to seemingly impossible. The Mamba Forever Edition celebrates Kobe’s lifelong pursuit of victory and legacy and immortalizes him with two unique custom covers honoring the span of his career. For the current generation version of the game, Kobe is shown wearing #8 – from his days as a bold and brash rookie. In the next-generation cover art, he is shown wearing #24, the number he played his final game in: his iconic 60-point performance.

NBA 2K21 will launch on September 4, 2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows PC via Steam, and Nintendo Switch. For more information, head to the official website.

David Latham

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