As the new generation of consoles approaches, titles are already being revealed for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, and one of those games is NBA 2K21. Today, 2K revealed its pricing strategy for the title (via GamesIndustry.biz), and aside from the price for all of the game's editions, the announcements may have revealed a notable change for next-generation games – the standard price could become $70, $10 more than current-generation titles.
NBA 2K21 will launch later this year on both current and next-generation consoles, and features such as MyTEAM points, Tokens, and more, can be shared between generations of consoles – so long as they're in the same family, which is to say PlayStation 4 data is shared with PlayStation 5, but not Xbox Series X. However, the game won't cost the same across generations.
The standard edition for current-generation consoles, which costs $59.99, does not grant you access to the next-generation version of the game. For that, you will need to upgrade to the Mamba Forever Edition, which costs $99.99 and grants you access to the standard edition of the game on next-generation consoles. Since most of the bonus content in the Mamba Forever Edition are in-game items and currency, you should still be able to benefit from those bonuses on next-generation consoles.
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If you only want NBA 2K21 for a next-generation console, or if you're switching teams as far as what console you choose, you'll need to pay $69.99 for the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X version of the game. The Mamba Forever Edition, however, costs the same $99.99 as on current-generation hardware, and it also lets you play the game on both generations – again, assuming both consoles are from the same family.
A $10 jump in price is pretty significant, but at present, it's not clear if this is exclusively a 2K decision or if console manufacturers are suggesting a higher retail price for next-generation games. We'll have to wait for more more game prices to be revealed to know for sure.