Last year, Visual Concepts’ NBA 2K12 basketball sim put the spotlight on three NBA legends – Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson – enlisting them as the cover athletes for game.
It was the first game in the series to feature three cover athletes instead of one. The cover oozed with star power, and made an impression – alongside the game’s steadfast mechanics – on both critics and fans alike.
Fast-forward back to the present. Now that we’re mere months away from NBA 2K13’s October release, publisher 2K Sports is faced with a very enviable problem on their hands.
How do you kick things up a notch for 2K13’s cover? Larry Bird and the basketball world’s two MJs are a tough act to follow.
Well, you look to new blood, of course. If 2K12 marked the end of an era, then 2K13 shall hail as the beginning of a “New Dynasty”.
For the cover of NBA 2K13, 2K Sports is tapping on on three rising stars in the basketball world for its cover: Oklahome City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin and the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose.
All three are past winners of the NBA Rookie of the Year award. And between them, they have garnered a total of eight All-Star berths, three scoring titles, and one MVP award, amongst other accolades.
“It’s definitely humbling to grace the cover after the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird, said Kevin Durant, who recently led the Thunder franchise in knocking the San Antonio Spurs out of the NBA playoff season, earning the Thunders their first NBA Finals appearance since 1996.
”Being crowned as one of the NBA 2K13 cover athletes is a huge honor and something I always dreamt about,” Durant added.
Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin shared similar sentiments.
“There’s so much young talent around the NBA, so it’s very exciting to be chosen for NBA 2K’s ‘New Dynasty’ alongside Kevin and Derrick,” Griffin said.
“The NBA 2K series has always been my first choice when I want to get a game in.”
As for Derrick Rose, being crowned cover athlete is not only a dream come true, but also a way for him to uphold tradition for the Chicago Bulls.
“I’m honoured to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan as the latest Chicago Bull to be featured on the cover,” Rose said.
NBA 2K13 (PC, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360) is scheduled for an October 5 release in Singapore.