2K Games announced today, in a semi-hilarious advertisement, that NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal will be the cover athlete. The advertisement, shown above, features Kobe Bryant trolling Shaq by editing the text on the teleprompter and Shaq swears his revenge. Besides the comedy, the advertisement itself does not provide much information on any of the features of the game but NBA 2K's website does break down the differences between each version of their upcoming installment.
The standard edition of NBA 2K18 does not have an announced cover athlete yet but is the cheapest of the three options at $60.00. This version of the game also comes with codes for 5000 VC, 10 Weekly MyTeam packs and a selection of MyPlayer Apparel.
The next step up is the Legend Edition of NBA 2K18, which features O'Neal in his Miami Heat uniform, will be priced at $100.00 and appears to be the only edition where physical copies are available anywhere either in store or online. The Legend Edition also comes with codes for 100,000 VC, 20 Weekly MyTeam Packs with a guarantee of pulling a Shaquille O'Neal card, Shaq Attaq shoes for the users' MyPlayer, a myriad of Shaquille O'Neal's jerseys from his various NBA stops for their MyPlayer and Shaq branded apparel for their MyPlayer. The game also comes with Shaq stickers, 5 Shaq trading cards and a Shaquille O'Neal poster.
The final version is the Legend Gold Edition of NBA 2K18, which shows O'Neal dunking in his iconic Los Angeles Lakers uniform on top of a gold background, will be priced at $150.00 and will only be available in physical copies exclusively at GameStop. The Gold Legend Edition also comes with codes, like the other versions, for 250,000 VC, 40 Weekly MyTeam Packs with a guarantee of pulling a Shaquille O'Neal card, Shaq Attaq shoes for the users' MyPlayer, a myraid of Shaquille O'Neal's jerseys from his various NBA stops for their MyPlayer and Shaq branded apparel for their MyPlayer. The game also comes with Shaq stickers, 10 Shaq trading cards and a lenticular cover.
Finally, the last major announcement that 2K Games released along with the trailer is that NBA 2K18 will launch on September 19, 2017 on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. Customers who preorder either the Legend Edition or the Legend Gold Edition will be granted early access to the game on September 15, 2017.