'NBA 2K17' cover, release date: Kobe Bryant for Legend Edition cover; September launch expected

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As stated in a report from VG 24/7, Kobe Bryant is set to be featured on the cover of the Limited Edition of the upcoming "NBA 2K17" video game. The cover star for the regular edition is still unknown but the report states that it will be unveiled during the "NBA 2K16 Road to the Finals" championship event  that will take place in June. 

The Limited Edition of the game will come with several bonuses. Players will get a limited edition poster of Bryant, two custom Panini playing cards with Bryant and a special Black Mamba game controller skin. These are just the physical bonuses, however, as there will also be several digital benefits as well. 

These digital bonuses include free 30,000 Virtual Currency, a special MyTeam Bundle that has three packs included of which a Kobe Bryant card is always guaranteed, Nike 11 Kobe Bryant retirement shoes, a Kobe hoodie and a Kobe jersey. 

The Legend Edition is now available for pre-order on Amazon. At the time being the pre-order is listed with a price of $79.99 and is set to be released solely for the PS4 and Xbox One. 

In regards to the release date, Day Herald reports that the games have been released with a fairly regular pattern and it is now speculated that the upcoming "NBA 2K17" will launch this coming September. The report also states that it is likely the game will launch specifically on Tuesday, Sept. 27. The most recent game, "NBA 2K16," released on Tuesday, Sept. 29 and it is likely the follow-up will adhere to this patern. 

Amazon lists the game for a Dec. 30 release but this is a placeholder until a real release date has been announced. It is speculated that the proper release date will be announced to the public at the same time the cover star for the standard edition is revealed, during the upcoming June event.