2K Sports Unveils Coverart For ‘NBA 2K12’, Featuring Jordan, Johnson & Bird

By Jay Casteel (@JayCasteel)  |  07/21/2011

NBA 2K12

Game publisher 2K Sports revealed Thursday (July 21) the coverart for the upcoming installment of their NBA 2K franchise, NBA 2K12 ... and surprised fans by announcing three separate covers.

For this season's verse, the covers will feature three of the NBA's greats of all-time -- Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

The new stylized NBA 2K12 covers are a unique, one-time departure from the traditional 2K Sports brand artwork, and will spotlight each legendary athlete on their famous team: the Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Lakers.

While Jordan's cover will be the standard cover, the covers with Bird and Johnson will be available at launch in a limited quantity.

"Bringing Michael Jordan to the virtual hardwood last year was a huge success for NBA 2K11; however, we didn't want to stop there," explained Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. "We're bringing 'His Airness' back to the NBA 2K franchise as part of a multi-year extended partnership, along with two other legendary icons -- Larry Bird and Magic Johnson -- for a special cover athlete collection representing the NBA's greatest heroes."

A new feat in sports gaming, this three-part collection extends the strong legacy established by last year's NBA 2K11, which has sold-in more than 5 million units worldwide and garnered over 20 video game accolades, including 14 "Sports Game of the Year" honors.

NBA 2K12 is available for pre-order now, and will drop October 4, 2011, for the PPS3, PS2, Xbox 360, Wii™ system, PSP, and Windows PC.

For more information, visit 2KSports.com.