So it’s that time of year again, when the build up to the new sports video games gets interesting and one of the most anticipated of these games is NBA 2K12. Today we have news that is sure to get those waiting patiently for the next installment from 2K Sports excited as it was revealed by the company today that there are going to be three different covers for the game when it releases in October this year.
In the past when the box art has been revealed, the company has featured an in-form player from the NBA on the front. Amongst these players, superstars such as Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett have been featured, however last year saw a difference from the company when retired NBA legend Michael Jordan featured on the front cover for NBA 2K11.
The player spent the peak of his career at Chicago Bulls where he became a superstar both on and off the court. 2K Sports’ decision to include such a high profile player on the front cover, despite him being retired proved to be a hugely popular choice. For this reason it appears the company has opted for NBA legends once more, this time three of them will have a cover each. It was confirmed today that Michael Jordan will once again be featured on one of the front covers.
Accompanying him this year will be Celtics forward Larry Bird and LA Lakers legend Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson as they each have a front cover of their own too offering gamers a choice when purchasing the game. Jason Argent, Vice President at 2K Sports said ‘Jordan was such a success for us, and even if we wanted to do something different, the fans would never let us do it,’ in regards to Jordan featuring on last year’s game.
According to USA Today, Jordan’s involvement with this year’s box art marks the start of a multi-year deal which was arranged between the legend and the publishers, 2K. Argent also says they are working on resolving the potential problem that might occur with gamers wanted to collect all three covers without having to pay full price three times. The company is also said to be working on a way to incorporate the superstars into the games themselves, like they did with Michael Jordan in NBA 2K11. What do you think of this year’s box art?