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NBA 2K16 Special Edition brings back Michael Jordan on the cover

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Michael Jordan is returning to the NBA 2K franchise this year with the Special Edition of NBA 2K16, publisher 2K Sports announced today.

The Special Edition, which will be available for $79.99 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, includes a bunch of physical and digital content. The retail disc version of the package comes with an NBA 2K16 poster and a Fathead wall cling, both of Jordan. Whether you buy the disc or the download, you'll get the following in-game items:

  • Digital Jordan shoes for your MyPlayer
  • Digital Jordan T-shirt for your MyPlayer
  • Digital Jordan jersey for your MyPlayer
  • 30,000 Virtual Currency
  • MyTEAM VIP+:
    • 3 Emerald Packs AND a new Special Edition Exclusive Moments Card

"I'm excited about this year's NBA 2K's Special Edition," said Jordan, who also appeared on the covers of NBA 2K11 and NBA 2K12, in a press release from 2K Sports. "NBA 2K16 allows gamers young and old to not only experience and re-create some of my greatest moments on the basketball court but also customize their players with Jordan shoes and apparel."

To be clear, NBA 2K16 doesn't include the Jordan Challenge mode that was featured in NBA 2K11, in which players could relive 10 highlights from Jordan's illustrious career. Reached for comment, a 2K Sports representative clarified to Polygon that the quote refers only to Jordan being playable in NBA 2K16. It's unclear if Jordan will be playable as part of classic Chicago Bulls teams available in NBA 2K16, or if those squads will exist in the game at all.

Those who pre-order the Special Edition will get the game Sept. 25, four days before its general release date of Sept. 29 — just as with the standard version of the game. But unlike the regular game, the special edition's cover is not customizable, a 2K Sports rep confirmed to Polygon. The normal NBA 2K16 features three different cover athletes — Stephen Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis — and every copy of the standard edition includes all three covers, so players can use the box art of their choice.

NBA 2K16 will be available on PlayStation 3, PS4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. For more, check out the NBA 2K16 TV spot below. It features director Spike Lee, who is writing and directing the game's career mode. You can also see the full Xbox One cover art for the Special Edition.

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