NBA 2K19 NEWS: Release Date, Pre Order Bonuses, 2K18 Comparisons and Prelude start times


NBA 2K19 NEWS: Release Date, Pre Order Bonuses, 2K18 Comparisons and Prelude start times


For the first time in the history of 2K Sports NBA series, there will be an exclusive Australia-specific cover athlete.

2K Sports has today announced that they will release a double-sided inlay that shows the previously revealed cover star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, on one side, whilst on the other will be Philadelphia Sixers forward Ben Simmons, who was born in Melbourne.

This special NBA 2K19 cover will be available to those who buy the game in Australia, as well as New Zealand.

Speaking about the announcement, Simmons said it is a "huge honour" to be selected as the first-ever Australian cover star for the NBA 2K series.

"The Aussie fans are super passionate about basketball and specifically NBA 2K, so it's very cool to be an ambassador for both," Simmons added.

Stay tuned for more NBA 2K19 news as it drops.


NBA 2K19 - Overview

DeveloperVisual Concepts
Publisher: 2K Sports
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch
Genre: Sports Sim

NBA 2K19 - What we know so far

The game is the latest in the long line of 2K Sports basketball games. Before 2K had the chance to unveil the game standees leaked in shops and showed that the GOAT, King of the Court, The L-Train, The Akron Hammer – LeBron James - would be the new cover star (well, one of many)!

“It’s humbling to be on the 20th anniversary cover of a game I’ve played and loved since I was a little kid,” said James.

“We were able to do something really unique for the cover that represents everything that drives me and inspires me – from my family to where I come from and words I live by. I’m honoured my journey can be part of this special time in 2K history and I’m excited for fans to see it.”

For anyone keeping count, the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition marks the second cover appearance for the 14-time NBA All-Star.

And in a change to the usual formula, the cover has been made to include words personally chosen by LeBron which convey special meaning to Akron’s favourite son, including “Strive for Greatness,” “Driven,” and “Equality.”


The NBA 2K19 Standard Edition will be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 system and Windows PC platforms in both digital and physical formats and digitally for Nintendo Switch on September 11, 2018

The cover star for the Standard Edition was announced late June with Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo as the cover athlete.

2K also released what will be the first of many new in-game screenshots (which you can see in the gallery above.

Finally, Players looking to get a head start on NBA 2K19’s MyCAREER can download the all-new NBA 2K19: The Prelude later this Summer, beginning on August 31, 2018.


NBA 2K18 vs 2K19 

Whilst it's slightly difficult attempting to compare one game screenshot with another, given both will have been taken from different angles and highlighting certain attributes, we can see some slight differences between each year.

The first screenshot this year, naturally, is of the cover star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Forbes sports gaming fan Brian Mazique has carefully analysed to see where the game may have looked to improve the players model. Here's what Mazique said:

"The first thing that jumps out is the muscle definition. Clearly, 2K wanted fans to see the improvements to the player model in that regard.

"Antetokounmpo is a lean athlete, but he is not completely devoid of muscle.The slender model from 2K18 probably wasn't the most accurate representation of The Greek Freak's physique.

"Sweat, hair and overall clarity to the face appears to be improved as well."

Take a closer look at the two character models, just below.

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Those looking to own exclusive Lebron James themed content and items for the game should pick up the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition which also gives players access to the game four days early, beginning on September 7.

“This year marks the 30th anniversary for the development team at Visual Concepts and the 20th for the NBA 2K series, so it was important to commemorate this milestone by partnering with the most iconic athlete of this generation in LeBron James,” said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for NBA 2K.

“LeBron’s carefully crafted wording on the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition cover encapsulates the passion and drive that have elevated him to all-time greatness making him the perfect cover star.”

Keep reading for further details of whats included in the NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition.


NBA 2K19 20th Anniversary Edition - What's included?

The following digital items:

  • 100,000 Virtual Currency
  • 50,000 MyTEAM points;
  • 20 MyTEAM League Packs (delivered one a week)
  • Sapphire LeBron James MyTEAM Card;
  • 10 MyTEAM Heat Check Packs (delivered one a week beginning at the start of the NBA season)
  • 5 LeBron-themed murals for MyCOURT;
  • LeBron MyCOURT design;
  • King's Collection - Nike LeBron apparel & footwear (25 pairs!)

Physical Items include:

  • LeBron NBA 2K19 poster;
  • NBA 2K sticker sheet;
  • Custom Wristband featuring LeBron’s chosen words.

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