'NBA 2K21' Pre-Orders: Covers, Release Date and Editions, Compared

NBA 2K21 preorders are going live at select retailers, which means the finer details about its various editions have been revealed. Whether you're buying the copy with Zion Williamson, Damian Lillard or Kobe Bryant on the cover, here's all you need to know about the bonuses at your disposal.

NBA 2K21 Current-Gen Editions

nba 2k21 current gen version
'NBA 2K21' is up for preorder. Here's the current-gen cover with Damian Lillard. 'NBA 2K21' releases September 4 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Stadia. Visual Concepts/2K Sports

If you plan on playing NBA 2K21 on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC or Stadia, here are the editions you can get, along with their perks:

Standard ($59.99)

  • Release Date: September 4
  • MyTeam Points, Tokens, Cards, and progress carry over to next-gen, but there is no free upgrade.
  • Earned and purchased VC is shared between console families.
  • Pre-Order Bonuses:
    • 5,000 VC
    • 5,000 MyTeam Points
    • MyPlayer Shoe Collection
    • Six Skill Boosts
    • Three Gatorade Boosts
    • Damian Lillard MyTeam Free Agent Card
    • Lillard MyPlayer t-shirt
    • Special MyPlayer watch

Mamba Forever Edition ($99.99)

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Those willing to pay $99 can get the feature-packed Mamba Forever Edition. Visual Concepts/2K Sports
  • Release Date: September 4
  • Above-listed progressand VC carry over with free next-gen upgrade
  • Pre-Order Bonuses:
    • Lillard Free Agent Card
    • Lillard MyPlayer t-shirt
    • Special MyPlayer Watch
    • Zion Williamson Free Agent Card
    • Williamson MyPlayer Jersey
    • Williamson Dunk Animation pack
  • Additional Content:
    • 100,000 VC
    • 10,000 MyTeam Points
    • 10 MyTeam Tokens
    • 40 MyTeam Promo Packs
    • Sapphire Lillard MyTeam Card
    • Sapphire Williamson MyTeam Card
    • 60 Skill Boosts
    • 30 Gatorade Boosts
    • Shoe Collection
    • Sprayground Backpack
    • Five Kobe MyPlayer Shoes
    • Three Kobe MyPlayer Jerseys
    • Black Mamba MyPlayer Uniform
    • Rookie Lakers MyTeam Jerseys
    • Black Mamba Custom MyTeam Jerseys
    • Sapphire Kobe MyTeam Card
    • Five Kobe MyTeam Shoes

NBA 2K21 Next-Gen Editions

If you plan to play on Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 this fall, here are your options:

Standard Edition ($69.99)

nba 2k21 next gen version
he next-gen version features Zion Williamson. Visual Concepts/2K Sports
  • Release Date: Holiday 2020
  • Pre-Order Bonuses:
    • 5,000 VC
    • 5,000 MyTeam Points
    • 10 MyTeam Promo Packs
    • MyPlayer Shoe Collection
    • Six Skill Boosts
    • Three Gatorade Boosts
    • Zion Williamson MyTeam Free Agent Card
    • Williamson Pelicans Jersey
    • Williamson Dunk Animation Pack

Mamba Forever Edition ($99.99)

  • Release Date: Holiday 2020
  • Pre-Order Bonuses:
    • Lillard MyTeam Free Agent Card
    • Lillard MyPlayer t-shirt
    • Special MyPlayer Watch
    • Williamson Free Agent Card
    • Williamson Pelicans Jersey
    • Williamson Dunk Animation pack
  • Additional Content
    • 1000,000 VC
    • 10,000 MyTeam Points
    • 10 MyTeam Tokens
    • 40 MyTeam Promo Packs
    • Sapphire Lillard MyTeam Card
    • Sapphire Williamson MyTeam Card
    • 60 Skill Boosts
    • 30 Gatorade Boosts
    • Shoe Collection
    • MyPlayer 72-hour 2x rep boost
    • Sprayground Backpack and Ball
    • Five Kobe MyPlayer Shoes
    • Three Kobe MyPlayer Jerseys
    • Black Mamba MyPlayer Uniform
    • Rookie Lakers MyTeam Jerseys
    • Black Mamba Custom MyTeam Jerseys
    • Sapphire Kobe MyTeam Card
    • Five Kobe MyTeam Shoes

There's obviously a lot to digest in this list, but two of the biggest headlines from the recent reveals revolve around next-gen upgrades and next-gen version pricing. While many next-gen titles support free upgrades for current-gen games, NBA 2K21 only offers that path for those who choose to shell out $99 for the Mamba Forever Edition.

Even those who purchase the standard next-gen version, though, may be in for a bit of sticker shock, as the base price is $70. That's $10 more than the $60 minimum established two console lifecycles ago. The NBA 2K franchise has earned a reputation for being one of the most money-hungry series on the planet, and these details suggest little change in that mindset, even in the midst of a global pandemic.

One thing that's certain is fans will have to decide quickly if they'd like the most bang for their buck. While there's a healthy assortment of preorder bonuses offered for all editions, the benefits of the standard game drop off heavily once the release date arrives. So, those who want to stay competitive might be more inclined to invest early instead of potentially paying more for the less-time-sensitive Mamba perks later on. There's lots of devious stuff happening in this NBA 2K21 edition map, but it's up to you to decide which package sounds the least predatory.

NBA 2K21 releases on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Stadia September 4. Next-gen versions are set to arrive at a later date.

What do you think of these NBA 2K21 editions? Are you pre-ordering the Mamba Forever edition? Tell us in the comments section!