Michael Jordan Is NBA 2K11's Cover Star

2K Sports just confirmed to CNBC that Michael Jordan, as rumoured earlier, will be featured on the cover of NBA 2K11. Asked how Jordan would appear in the game, 2K said only that there will be "some really good surprises".

Jason Argent, 2K Sports' vice-president of marketing, confirmed Jordan's appearance and the game's October 5 ship date about an hour ago.

"We know we have the best NBA video game ever made here," Argent told CNBC. "So we thought to ourselves how can we embody that and there was only one person on that list who we wanted to have and that was Michael Jordan."

Last year's cover went to Los Angeles' Kobe Bryant, one of the two biggest names among active players in the NBA. Topping that was not a sure thing, though. "Actually getting this done is the most ridiculous win of all-time," Argent boasted.

Jordan's last appearance in a video game was in 2003 (NBA Street Vol. 2). His business manager said Jordan was aware of demand that he return to a video game, "and this came along and made a lot of sense."

In a statement, Jordan said: "It's an honour to be featured on the cover of NBA 2K11. I have no doubt that NBA 2K11 will be a big hit with gamers and basketball fans alike. I'm looking forward to getting back out on the court, virtually."

Michael Jordan to Appear on Video Game Cover [MSNBC. Image via]


    Sold! Last basketball game I played was 2K8, played a decent amount online when it first came out and overall really enjoyed it. Now I'm ready to play ball again :).

    The mods allowing you to play as classic teams with classic players including MJ for previous versions of NBA2K were fantastic. I'm hoping for an official mode this time, allowing us to relive classic playoffs matchups.

    I think 2K is going to win out over EA's NBA Live this year.

    Awesome - I will take great pride in playing as MJ and showing the Queen Lebron how the game is played properly :)

    hopefully you can make a dream team in this and have players of all decades play under one team :O

      You can do that already in previous 2K games, with custom teams and players dating back to the 50s. 2K10 would be arguably the greatest sports game ever made were it not for a vast array of crippling bugs and the appalling treatment of the PC community. I'll be looking forward to this, and I hope they can get players like John Stockton and Charles Barkley into the game as well. I've no idea why they aren't already and can only assume there are licensing issues.

    i hope they will have the old school knicks team during starks era!! that would be nice!!:)

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