The NBA 2K series is going for a new look this year. The basketball video game franchise, one of the best sports video games available to the public, will feature up-and-coming stars Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
2K Sports vice president of marketing Jason Argent even noted that this year the franchise would focus on rising stars in the NBA, swaying away from the throwback covers of the last two years with legends Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson and of Kobe Bryant three years ago.
What surprises me most about the cover choice is how LeBron James was not chosen to be one of the players on the cover. Although older than the three players on the cover this year, James helped lead his team to a championship, something he had not been able to do before. James, who won both the regular season and Finals MVP, averaged 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in the playoffs while playing around over 40 minutes every night.
Argent also noted that LeBron was highly considered to be on the cover this year, but that the franchise just wanted to focus on young players becoming legends in the making. This move is on the opposite side of the spectrum from the 2K11 and 2K12 covers, which focused on the play of historic players such as Jordan.
Here is a short promotional video for the game, which is set to release on October 2 for the XBox and Playstation platforms and sometime around Christmas for the Wii:
Argent also noted that Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was also being considered to grace the cover, but the 2K Sports team decided that Durant, Rose and Griffin were at the front of the young star revolution in the NBA.
The NBA 2K series is once again making a name for itself by changing up their core of the game. It will be interesting to see what they do next.