NBA 2K21 Cover Star Is Blazers' Damian Lillard–But Not On Next-Gen

Although the details involving NBA 2K21 largely remain a mystery, one piece of information has now been revealed. NBA 2K21’s cover star will be Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, but only for current-gen versions of the game.

The news was shared by NBA reporter Shams Charania as part of an interview with Lillard himself. You can check out the cover, as revealed by Charania, below, along with the interview.

It looks as though Lillard will be on the cover of the standard edition of the game, but we know 2K21 will have three cover stars. In recent years, alternate players would be placed on the covers of the game’s special edition and international-themed editions. This year will see a different player put on the cover of the PS5 and Xbox Series X versions.

“It means a lot,” Lillard said. “It’s one of those things like a signature shoe, not just anybody gets it. … Every time I come across a game that is my favorite year of a game, the way that you recognize it is by–AI was on the cover, or Kobe was on that cover.”

Lillard was in the midst of arguably his best season before the NBA shut things down in March, although the Blazers were likely to miss the playoffs due in no small part to injuries.

Given the uncertainty surrounding the NBA season due to COVID-19, it’s unclear what impact there might be on the NBA 2K21. A release date has not yet been announced, but a new 2K game typically is released in October, near the start of the upcoming season. With the current NBA season–which would normally be over by now–only set to resume at the end of July, a start date has not been locked in for the 2020-21 season.

A video teaser of 2K21 on PS5 was recently revealed, showcasing some stunning visuals–albeit without showing us any typical gameplay. Improved load times were also touted for the next-gen version of the game.

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