Michael Jordan will be the cover athlete for two special editions of NBA 2K23, 2K announced Tuesday.
Pre-orders for the Michael Jordan Edition and Championship Edition of NBA 2K23 will launch on Thursday, July 7. NBA 2K23 is set to release worldwide on Sept. 9, 2022.
"After making 23 the most recognizable number in sports," said Alfie Brody, vice president of global marketing strategy for NBA 2K, "it was only fitting that for NBA 2K23 we introduce the Michael Jordan Edition. Additionally, we’re thrilled to introduce a brand new premium edition of the game with the NBA 2K23 Championship Edition, as no other player embodies the word 'champion' like Jordan."
It appears the NBA 2K community now knows just who will grace the covers of the 23rd iteration of the series this fall with Jordan appearing on the aforementioned special editions, Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird starring on the WNBA Edition, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker reportedly being on the standard versions.
NBA 2K23 will mark Jordan's fourth appearance on an NBA 2K cover, having appeared on 2K11, 2K12 and the 2K16 Special Edition.
In addition to having Jordan return as a cover athlete, 2K also announced that The Jordan Challenge feature from 2K11 will be reintroduced as well. The mode, which originally allowed players to recreate 15 iconic moments from Jordan’s career, is said to be returning all 10 of the 2K11 challenges in addition to five new ones across his college, NBA and Team USA Basketball days.
The "ultra-premium," "limited-edition" NBA 2K23 Championship Edition is said to include a 12-month subscription to NBA League Pass.
More cover athlete reveals are said to be coming in the next two days, which should also drop details regarding pre-order bonuses and pricing for NBA 2K23 as well.