Hoops legend Shaquille O’Neal returns to NBA 2K cover

American game publisher 2K Games has announced Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal’s return to cover in the upcoming NBA 2K18 Legend Edition. It will be his third in the video game franchise.

2K18 Legend Edition 3D

This year’s edition of the NBA video game simulation series will also release special Shaq-themed memorabilia and content to gamers who will pre-order.

“I want to thank NBA 2K for their continuous support of my basketball and broadcast career,” said O’Neal, whose Hall of Fame enshrinement late last year celebrates a storied 19-year career. “I’m excited to be on the cover of the NBA 2K18 Legend Edition and I hope my fans have a blast playing it up big man style and re-creating my most legendary in-game moments.”

Physical freebies include limited-edition Shaq poster, five Panini trading cards, and exclusive stickers; while digital complimentary content include 100,000 Virtual Currency, 20 weekly MyTEAM packs, Shaq in-game items, and more.

Meanwhile, gamers who will pre-order the NBA 2K18 Legend Edition Gold will receive early tip-off access beginning September 15, 2017, with even more exclusive Shaq memorabilia and in-game content, including limited-edition Shaq poster, lenticular, 10 Panini trading cards, and exclusive stickers. Digital freebies in the Legend Edition Gold are 250,000 Virtual Currency, 40 weekly MyTEAM packs, and Shaq in-game items.

The NBA 2K18 Legend Edition and Legend Edition Gold will be available in both digital and physical formats for $99.99 and $149.99 respectively (local pricing will be available soon), on PlayStation4 and Xbox One.

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