There's already so much outrage. So very, very much.
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2K Sports announced today that the Chicago Sky athlete, Candace Parker, will be the first woman and the first WNBA player ever to grace the cover of an NBA 2K game. She will be featured prominently on a special version of NBA 2K22's Standard Edition.

Gamers are massively upset about this. This is in spite of the fact that the version of the game that will feature Parker on the cover will only be sold through GameStop and EB Games in North America. There will literally be three other versions of the game sold in every other retailer that include a bunch of dudes.

Parker is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. She is also a six-time WNBA All Star and WNBA Champion. According to 2K, this is the "latest step in NBA 2K's ongoing initiatives to feature women prominently in the game."

Don't worry, you obvious basement dwellers, the other versions of the game will still feature a bunch of dudes as always. The other cover athletes for this year include Luka Dončić, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant, and Rui Hachimura. They will be featured on the Standard Edition, Cross-Gen Digital Bundle, and the 75th Anniversary Edition.

NBA 2K22 will be released on September 10, 2021 with pre-orders being available today.

This year, NBA 2K22 will offer three editions of the game available on digital and physical formats: Standard Edition, a Cross-Gen Digital Bundle and a special NBA 75th Anniversary Edition:
  • The Standard Edition will be available for $59.99** on previous-gen platforms (PlayStation 4, Xbox One consoles, Nintendo Switch, and PC) and $69.99** on new-gen consoles (PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S);
  • The Cross-Gen Digital Bundle will be available for $79.99** and grant players access to the Standard Edition across previous- and new-gen within the same PlayStation and Xbox consoles;
  • NBA 2K22 NBA 75th Anniversary Edition will be available for $99.99** for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Dual-gen access is included for both the Cross-Gen Digital Bundle and NBA 75th Anniversary Edition for the PS4/PS5 and Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S platforms and provides a version of the game on each console generation within the same console family. The NBA 75th Anniversary Edition for Nintendo Switch will only be available on digital format in the EMEA region.

The NBA 75th Anniversary Edition celebrates three of the league’s most iconic big men who revolutionized the league over its 75 years:
  • Hall of Famer, six-time NBA Champion and six-time MVP, and all-time NBA scoring leader, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a legend who still influences today’s game, from his patented Skyhook to his activism on social issues;
  • 14-time All-Star, NBA Champion and MVP, Dirk Nowitzki, embodies not only the global expansion of basketball but also the evolution of the game itself as the protoypical sharpshooting big man;
  • 11-time All-Star, league MVP and two-time NBA Champion, Kevin Durant, a legend in his own right and known for his one-of-a-kind presence in the league appears for the third time as an NBA® 2K cover athlete.