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B'sCeltsPatsSox
07-21-2011, 11:51 AM
If you're 2K Sports, how do you top Michael Jordan as your cover athlete? Easy. Simply bring MJ back, only this time reunite him with fellow Dream Teamers Larry Bird and Magic Johnson for three distinct and visually stunning covers.

That's right, 2K Sports is splitting the production run between three legendary boxes this year, as stores will actually receive an equal 33-percent share of Jordan, Magic, and Bird covers from day one, enabling gamers to decide which superstar they want to stare at for the next 12 months between 2K cycles.



And with the NBA in full lockout mode, seems like a great time for 2K Sports to go retro again, especially when you factor in the 5 million-plus copies "NBA 2K11" has already sold across all platforms thanks to "His Airness."

I guess that's why 2K Sports has also reached a three-year extended partnership with Jordan to bring him back to the virtual hardwood in future games.

"Michael Jordan for us last year was a huge success from a fan standpoint and an in-game standpoint," says Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. "But in 2K Sports fashion, we continue to improve, we continue to evolve and this year we're taking it up a notch by having three covers of the game.

"And to take it up another notch, we're departing from our traditional brand look. We wanted to do something that was really dynamic and really different this year, so we talked with a bunch of sports artists and street artists, and we ended up teaming with a sports photographer named Adam Larson. He has done a ton of high-profile stuff, including an ESPN The Magazine cover, so we partnered with him to create all of the artwork for all three covers for us. All of the artwork is consistent between the covers in terms of look and feel and cover scheme. The only thing different, of course, is the athlete."


And while Argent explains the differences in the cover, he's also quick to point out that the game itself will have the same features, no matter which version you buy. "The game under all three covers is the exact same," he explains. "Having Michael, having Magic, and having Larry Bird involved will tie to the game and to some of the features that we'll be unveiling in a couple of weeks, but that's all I can say right now."

As long as my Larry Legend moments include a Dr. J choke-fight, I'm down.

Look for "NBA 2K12" to hit stores October 4, 2011 (whether there's a real season or not), for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Wii, PSP, and Windows PC.
The covers are on this link
http://espn.go.com/espn/thelife/videogames/blog/_/name/thegamer/id/6789933/jordan-bird-magic-cover-nba-2k12

psperry34116
07-21-2011, 12:19 PM
Thats so sick

blastmasta26
07-21-2011, 12:24 PM
I would've preferred a Bird/Magic combo cover. But I'll go with Magic.

LTBaByyy
07-21-2011, 12:25 PM
2k Sports needs a college basketball game again!!!!!

They are taking over the basketball world, EA Sports already backed down to them

marj987
07-21-2011, 12:25 PM
:clap:...............EPIC.....:drool:

TheRunKiller
07-21-2011, 12:26 PM
sweet. can't wait for it to come out

B'sCeltsPatsSox
07-21-2011, 12:29 PM
FYI, it's coming out on October 4 even if there is no season.

JordansBulls
07-21-2011, 12:30 PM
That's pretty sweet.

JordansBulls
07-21-2011, 12:33 PM
Are they going to put the classic teams? Or are just MJ, Magic and Bird just going to be in the game with no classic teams?

marj987
07-21-2011, 12:34 PM
FYI, it's coming out on October 12 even if there is no season.

SO it's gonna come out on the 4th if there is a season?

B'sCeltsPatsSox
07-21-2011, 12:35 PM
Are they going to put the classic teams? Or are just MJ, Magic and Bird just going to be in the game with no classic teams?

They said game details will be announced in a couple of weeks.

B'sCeltsPatsSox
07-21-2011, 12:36 PM
SO it's gonna come out on the 4th if there is a season?

Yeah I thought it said October 12th, it really is October 4th no matter what.

marj987
07-21-2011, 12:36 PM
Epic if they put
Magic - 360
Bird - Wii
Jordan - PS3
Or they mix em up and put it on all three system just different copies.

LakeShowRaider
07-21-2011, 12:37 PM
I love itt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mile High Champ
07-21-2011, 12:39 PM
Larry Bird cover for the win!!

B'sCeltsPatsSox
07-21-2011, 12:40 PM
Epic if they put
Magic - 360
Bird - Wii
Jordan - PS3
Or they mix em up and put it on all three system just different copies.

It said in the article that you'll be able to pick your cover.

BkOriginalOne
07-21-2011, 12:43 PM
The Magic is kinda lame.
Bird's and MJ is fire though.

marj987
07-21-2011, 12:43 PM
It said in the article that you'll be able to pick your cover.

All three covers on going to be on all systems....BIRD it is then :).

Sadds The Gr8
07-21-2011, 12:46 PM
Epic if they put
Magic - 360
Bird - Wii
Jordan - PS3
Or they mix em up and put it on all three system just different copies.

it's 3 different covers for all systems.

marj987
07-21-2011, 12:47 PM
http://bulk2.destructoid.com/ul/206627-NBA2K12revealOPTION2.jpg

WHy does Jordan Jersey say only the number 3?

marj987
07-21-2011, 12:49 PM
:facepalm:

http://media.photobucket.com/image/NBA%202k12%20cover/DJMicahrules/NBA2K12CoverLebronINCASE.jpg

FUKudomeYOMOMMA
07-21-2011, 01:01 PM
thats pretty cool.. it got me wondering which one will sell the most.
I bet the larry bird one does

LAKERMANIA
07-21-2011, 01:01 PM
I think the Magic Johnson cover looks nicest tbh, looks cool, hopefully they totally revamp the MyPlayer mode

LTBaByyy
07-21-2011, 01:02 PM
Lebron will never be the cover of a video game :clap:

NYKnickFanatic
07-21-2011, 01:13 PM
Im getting all three to save and a fourth to play.

x21x NiNJA x21x
07-21-2011, 01:14 PM
I can't Fu˘kin wait :D

x21x NiNJA x21x
07-21-2011, 01:16 PM
:facepalm:

http://media.photobucket.com/image/NBA%202k12%20cover/DJMicahrules/NBA2K12CoverLebronINCASE.jpg

LoL, The game would probably freeze in the 4th quarter :)

Mc Uncle Cola
07-21-2011, 01:16 PM
I head MJ is goin to be in a Bullets jersey on the cover:rolleyes:

NYKnickFanatic
07-21-2011, 01:19 PM
LoL, The game would probably freeze in the 4th quarter :)

:laugh2: Watch out for the Heat fans now. :catfight:

Rivera
07-21-2011, 01:20 PM
Im getting all three to save and a fourth to play.

this

i still have a fresh in the wrapper copy of nba 2k11

jimbobjarree
07-21-2011, 01:21 PM
I think I'd go Larry. Since I'm in a foreign country though, I reckon they'd just send us all copies of Jordan since we're not supposed to know any other player.

JordansBulls
07-21-2011, 01:24 PM
I think it depends on the features of the game which will determine who I get.

FUKudomeYOMOMMA
07-21-2011, 01:39 PM
I think it depends on the features of the game which will determine who I get.

im pretty sure the games will be identical aside from who is on the cover.
it would be some BS if they only gave u the character on the cover an u had to buy the other 2 via DLC... wouldnt surprise me though

x21x NiNJA x21x
07-21-2011, 01:44 PM
:laugh2: Watch out for the Heat fans now. :catfight:

LoL, I'll take my chances

I got respect for Wade but I HATE Lebrick n Bosh

But guess what Lebron, You know how you said your gonna win 7 championship .. But you can't win those championship if you can't show up :) Just saying

Chacarron
07-21-2011, 01:50 PM
It's like Magic.

marj987
07-21-2011, 01:53 PM
LoL, The game would probably freeze in the 4th quarter :)

Mabe 2k should make a 4th cover and put LBJ on it.

MrfadeawayJB
07-21-2011, 01:56 PM
I love the idea! I think it would also be cool if they had 1 cover, but split it down the middle or into thirds and put all 3 of them on one cover

HouRealCoach
07-21-2011, 02:10 PM
I hope they add more classic moments to relive... and a better CAW but I think this game will be A1

HouRealCoach
07-21-2011, 02:11 PM
*cap

JWO35
07-21-2011, 02:18 PM
It would be better if they put Magic with a yellow background & Bird with a green one..The background still favors Jordan with the red.

I hope 2k12 doesn't suck like 11 did...

blastmasta26
07-21-2011, 02:19 PM
Considering there might not be a season, I'm unsure if I should even get it. Unless there are significant upgrades to My Player and other features, I might just wait til 2k13.

JOhnnyTHaJet
07-21-2011, 02:33 PM
Any reason why Jordans jersey starts with a 3 instead of a 2?

tredigs
07-21-2011, 03:14 PM
It would be better if they put Magic with a yellow background & Bird with a green one..The background still favors Jordan with the red.

I hope 2k12 doesn't suck like 11 did...

Compared to what, sex with an Angel? Were you raped by the creator? I'm confused.


I think it depends on the features of the game which will determine who I get.

Article mentions they'll all be identical. I'll swoop Bird to accent the Jordan 2k11 cover.

Bruno
07-21-2011, 03:15 PM
SO great that theyre doing this despite the lockout.

I'll be getting Magic on the cover, fo sho. Already have 2k11 w/ MJ.

It's be great if they had an option from the olympics with all three. Or to have '92 Dream Team simulations as a part of the new game, opposed to last years Jordan challenges?

JordansBulls
07-21-2011, 03:16 PM
im pretty sure the games will be identical aside from who is on the cover.
it would be some BS if they only gave u the character on the cover an u had to buy the other 2 via DLC... wouldnt surprise me though

I mean features like classic teams, etc. If it is just the 3 players then I'd get Magic probably. If it is classic teams then I'd get MJ.

tredigs
07-21-2011, 03:24 PM
SO great that theyre doing this despite the lockout.

I'll be getting Magic on the cover, fo sho. Already have 2k11 w/ MJ.

It's be great if they had an option from the olympics with all three. Or to have '92 Dream Team simulations as a part of the new game, opposed to last years Jordan challenges?

That's the thought that instantly ran through my head when thinking about how they could possibly 1-up this cover tri-fecta in 2k13 (and incorporate it into gameplay).

asandhu23
07-21-2011, 04:01 PM
DELETE. I just saw the 2k12 thread hiding on the front page.

asandhu23
07-21-2011, 04:06 PM
Seriously why does Wilt Chamberlain not get any respect by these video game creators?

Hellcrooner
07-21-2011, 04:15 PM
dont like the idea.

it should be just ONE player and its challenges every year.

this year magic, then Bird next eyar, then wilt and so on.
and enough Jordan B.s already.

LAKERMANIA
07-21-2011, 04:32 PM
Any reason why Jordans jersey starts with a 3 instead of a 2?

I looked closer at the cover and saw that there is part of a two in front of the three, the thing is the part of the jersey where the number 2 is located is folded because he jumped in the air and is about to dunk, I can see the 2's tail on the jersey..

Swashcuff
07-21-2011, 04:33 PM
From the time I saw Hellcrooner posting I knew it was a comment to ill speak Jordan. Smh. Crooner get over it he is the most marketable figure in the history of the sport that's why the continue with the Jordan "B.S." this is a money making business Crooner your dislike for Jordan is NOT going to change that.

Super.
07-21-2011, 04:36 PM
A Larry Legend cover?

Iḿ in heaven right now

tmacsc2
07-21-2011, 04:44 PM
The new 2k series is garbage! Not gonna buy, might try to find a larry poster of it though!

mttwlsn16
07-21-2011, 05:00 PM
nice aids on the cover :clap:

Rosh
07-21-2011, 05:04 PM
It would be better if they put Magic with a yellow background & Bird with a green one..The background still favors Jordan with the red.

Kind of like this?

http://www.chicagonow.com/game-time/files/2011/07/MJJ-624x887.jpg
http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p429/Rosh360/Magic.png
http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p429/Rosh360/Bird.png


Any reason why Jordans jersey starts with a 3 instead of a 2?

It doesn't. Look closer, and the 2 is being pulled away in that graffiti swirl.

Cromedome
07-21-2011, 05:10 PM
Looks like i'll be going for Michael Jordan for the win.

Jewelz0376
07-21-2011, 05:24 PM
I'll be getting the Jordan cover again...but I hope they have some challenges for Bird and Magic like they did for Jordan in 2k11

tredigs
07-21-2011, 05:39 PM
Kind of like this?

http://www.chicagonow.com/game-time/files/2011/07/MJJ-624x887.jpg
http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p429/Rosh360/Magic.png
http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p429/Rosh360/Bird.png



It doesn't. Look closer, and the 2 is being pulled away in that graffiti swirl.

Ding - looks a lot more dope like this than in their renders.

I'd still stick with Bird, and like it more.

netsgiantsyanks
07-21-2011, 05:56 PM
i had a feeling they'd do something like this, but not the different covers :clap:, nba elite what?? lol

netsgiantsyanks
07-21-2011, 05:59 PM
i'm getting the jordan one

GoPacers33
07-21-2011, 06:52 PM
So sick

Bruno
07-21-2011, 07:20 PM
That's the thought that instantly ran through my head when thinking about how they could possibly 1-up this cover tri-fecta in 2k13 (and incorporate it into gameplay).

I think it'd be fun; get some international competition in the game too.


Kind of like this?

http://www.chicagonow.com/game-time/files/2011/07/MJJ-624x887.jpg
http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p429/Rosh360/Magic.png
http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p429/Rosh360/Bird.png



It doesn't. Look closer, and the 2 is being pulled away in that graffiti swirl.

Brilliant, they all look great.

LAKERMANIA
07-21-2011, 07:30 PM
Since the last game had Jordan on it, I'm going to go with my man Magic Johnson

Bruno
07-21-2011, 07:34 PM
Since the last game had Jordan on it, I'm going to go with my man Magic Johnson

Same, but I gotta admit Birds looks great, and if a friend gave me a copy with Bird on the cover I might just keep it :hide:

:laugh2:

smith&wesson
07-21-2011, 07:49 PM
last time i checked were not in 1989 any more. todays players should be on the games. the mj theme last year was cool because for so many years we didnt have mj in video games. but to start putting old stars on new games takes away from marketing players of today.

id much rather have the mvp on the cover .. d rose
or
mvp of the playoffs on the cover disco dirk.

who the hell wants to see larry bird and his porn star mustache. lame!

Bruno
07-21-2011, 08:15 PM
last time i checked were not in 1989 any more. todays players should be on the games. the mj theme last year was cool because for so many years we didnt have mj in video games. but to start putting old stars on new games takes away from marketing players of today.

id much rather have the mvp on the cover .. d rose
or
mvp of the playoffs on the cover disco dirk.

who the hell wants to see larry bird and his porn star mustache. lame!

While I agree that contemporary players should be on the covers, MJ's 2K12 cover was a one of a kind thing; he never gives games the right to use his likeness and I think everyone was happy to be able to finally play as MJ.

This year? It's because of the lockout. Thats why NBA.com only has pictures of players from the past on the home-page. Durnig the lockout- current players and images can not be used for commerical purposes, I think.


I do. Respect the mustache.

MTar786
07-21-2011, 08:30 PM
The magic cover will easily be the best :)

MTar786
07-21-2011, 08:32 PM
i wish they finally would put the 00's all stars.. maye even put some of the teams like the 00 or 01 lakers, 03 spurs and 04 pistons

LakersMaster24
07-21-2011, 08:33 PM
I hope they have 3 copies just with different backgrounds :D I would love the Magic one. Jordans is good too, but he got the last cover so yea :P

LakersMaster24
07-21-2011, 08:34 PM
i wish they finally would put the 00's all stars.. maye even put some of the teams like the 00 or 01 lakers, 03 spurs and 04 pistons

Agree! I would LOVE to play as the 01 Lakers, or the 04 Pistons!

Bulls_fan90
07-21-2011, 08:36 PM
Jordan for me. Hope they fix up the My player mode.

JWO35
07-21-2011, 08:36 PM
Kind of like this?

http://www.chicagonow.com/game-time/files/2011/07/MJJ-624x887.jpg
http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p429/Rosh360/Magic.png
http://i346.photobucket.com/albums/p429/Rosh360/Bird.png



Yes!
If its like this I'm defiantly getting the Bird Cover...

John Walls Era
07-21-2011, 08:40 PM
I'll probably get the Bird one.

smith&wesson
07-21-2011, 08:45 PM
While I agree that contemporary players should be on the covers, MJ's 2K12 cover was a one of a kind thing; he never gives games the right to use his likeness and I think everyone was happy to be able to finally play as MJ.

This year? It's because of the lockout. Thats why NBA.com only has pictures of players from the past on the home-page. Durnig the lockout- current players and images can not be used for commerical purposes, I think.


I do. Respect the mustache.

like i said it was a cool thing for MJ to have the cover last year because he was never in video games before ...

i respect the mustache too. i just want it to stay in the 80's where it belongs :D

i dont think the lock out effects this. if it did i would boycott and not purchase this game at all. or anything nba related for that matter. 2k sports pays the nba to use its brand as does ea sports. but has nothing to do with the owners of the respective franchises. other wise they wouldnt be able to put this game out at all untill the lock out was settled.

GREATNESS ONE
07-21-2011, 08:54 PM
So Bad *** !!! Magic Please !!!

GREATNESS ONE
07-21-2011, 08:56 PM
Yes!
If its like this I'm defiantly getting the Bird Cover...

oooooh That is so clean !! Magic's looks sweet:clap:

Geargo Wallace
07-21-2011, 09:05 PM
That Magic one is dope. Can't wait til Mike James gets his cover!

Giraffes Rule
07-21-2011, 09:14 PM
I wonder if PC users will get to pick who will be on the icon. I always buy it over steam, so I won't have a case to have a cover.

TO Rapz
07-21-2011, 09:18 PM
Bird is sexy as ****.

MTar786
07-21-2011, 09:47 PM
Agree! I would LOVE to play as the 01 Lakers, or the 04 Pistons!

imagine we'd get to put the 01 lakers against the 96 bulls or even the 85 lakers

fish/harper/shaw/lue
kobe/rider
fox/george
grant/horry/madsen
shaq/grant

TheRunKiller
07-21-2011, 11:22 PM
I gotta get the Larry Bird one, who knows when there will be a white boy on the cover again.

B'sCeltsPatsSox
07-21-2011, 11:36 PM
I gotta get the Larry Bird one, who knows when there will be a white boy on the cover again.

Kevin Love in two years I think.

unleashthebeast
07-22-2011, 12:37 AM
I love the idea but i hope this isnt a repeating pattern. Hopefully they go back to current players next year, when there is no lockout. I will be going with the magic one i think

HOZ THE KNICK
07-22-2011, 12:38 AM
sweetness

JordansBulls
07-22-2011, 12:43 AM
Each of the three will have his own cover, all of which are more extravagant and stylized than past covers. (2K Sports says this style is a one-time thing.) The Bird and Magic covers will be available "in a limited quantity" at launch; Jordan will again be the primary cover star.



According to IGN.com, Jordan's fellow NBA legends Magic Johnson and Larry Bird are also going to be NBA 2K12 cover boys. Their covers, however, will be limited editions, and will only be available for the first printing of the game. So get 'em when you can.

I want the Classic teams with every player on the roster, not just the starting lineup.

John Walls Era
07-22-2011, 12:50 AM
They have 2k for PSP now? I need to get that new PSP.

B'sCeltsPatsSox
07-22-2011, 01:15 AM
I want the Classic teams with every player on the roster, not just the starting lineup.

Wait wtf? They're only doing it in limited quantity? That's stupid.

dodie53
07-22-2011, 03:21 AM
MJ cover FTW

LakersMaster24
07-22-2011, 03:25 AM
I want the Classic teams with every player on the roster, not just the starting lineup.

This. I hate how when you play as the classic teams, your bench is filled with a bunch of created players! :facepalm: They should also bring back the 80's 90's 70's All Stars from 2k10.

LakersMaster24
07-22-2011, 03:33 AM
Oh and also, MJ shouldnt be completely 99. For example, his 3pt Shooting in the game is also like 97-99, which is pretty unrealistic. They should make him like 97 overall.

Raps18-19 Champ
07-22-2011, 03:44 AM
1. Bird
2. Jordan
3. Johnson

In that order for me.

Rosh
07-22-2011, 03:55 AM
Yes!
If its like this I'm defiantly getting the Bird Cover...


I doubt it will be, I just made those in Photoshop.

John Walls Era
07-22-2011, 04:09 AM
I wish they added a lightsource for Magic's cover. I may need to print out the ones Rosh made.

marj987
07-22-2011, 05:21 AM
This makes me wanna play 2k11........What are you guy's omline usernames?

John Walls Era
07-22-2011, 05:33 AM
This makes me wanna play 2k11........What are you guy's omline usernames?

Play me: Never Humble. Loser leaves PSD forever (Im joking, we can do what the legend Dnewguy did and lie).