I remember playing older basketball games when I was a kid - no Michael Jordan was allowed. The EA ones, Tecmo - it did not matter, because Jordan was his own entity outside of the Player's Union. So when a game does get to use him now, even after this many years post-retirement, they like to make a big deal about it.
The press release:
2K today announced that NBA 2K16 will feature Michael Jordan on the cover of this year's Special Edition. The next iteration of the NBA video game simulation series that's been top-rated for the last 15 years*, will celebrate Jordan's Hall of Fame legacy and give fans even more options to customize their in-game experience.
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2K today announced that NBA 2K16 will feature Michael Jordan on the cover of this year's Special Edi ...
2K today announced that NBA 2K16 will feature Michael Jordan on the cover of this year's Special Edition. The NBA 2K16 Michael Jordan Special Edition will be available in both digital and physical formats for $79.99 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.
Gamers that pre-order the Special Edition will receive NBA 2K16 on Friday, September 25, four days before the standard launch, along with memorabilia and other in-game content, including:
•Jordan NBA 2K16 Poster;
•Jordan Fathead® Wall Cling;
•Digital Jordan shoes for your MyPLAYER;
•Digital Jordan T-shirt for your MyPLAYER;;
•Digital Jordan jersey for your MyPLAYER;
•30,000 Virtual Currency;
◦3 Emerald Packs AND a new Special Edition Exclusive Moments Card.
Jordan's appearance on NBA 2K16 marks the third NBA 2K cover appearance for the 14-time NBA All-Star, six-time NBA World Champion, five-time NBA Most Valuable Player and NBA Hall of Fame inductee.
"I'm excited about this year's NBA 2K's Special Edition," said Michael Jordan. "NBA 2K16 allows gamers young and old to not only experience and re-create some of my greatest moments on the basketball court but also customize their players with Jordan shoes and apparel."
The NBA 2K16 Michael Jordan Special Edition will be available in both digital and physical formats for $79.99 on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One.
2K previously announced that three of the NBA's top superstars will be making their cover debuts on the standard edition of NBA 2K16: Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, Houston Rockets' James Harden and New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis. The game will also highlight an all-new MyCAREER mode that was written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee.
Developed by Visual Concepts, NBA 2K16 is not yet rated by the ESRB. NBA 2K16 will be available for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One and Xbox 360; and Windows PC platforms on September 29, 2015.
Fans can pre-order NBA 2K16 at participating North American retail and online vendors, ensuring they receive their copy and in-game bonuses ahead of the game's September 29 release date. While game covers will be distributed at random, each game box includes a foldable insert with all 3 individual cover athletes, ensuring the ability to insert the cover of their choice into the front of box.
Article by Nick