Publisher 2K Sports made the announcement Tuesday on Twitter alongside a teaser trailer featuring rappers Rapsody, Jerreau and 2 Chainz discussing James' legacy.
The cover art features a close up of James' face alongside a selection of phrases such as "King," "Chosen One," "Equality," and "G.O.A.T." among others.
James, who is currently competing in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, previously appeared on the cover for NBA 2K14.
Our trailer is here for the 20th Anniversary Edition of #NBA2K19 featuring cover athlete @KingJames! Pre-order now to play 4 days early starting September 7th https://t.co/nH2w6B6Hhp pic.twitter.com/cflZi7FNtC— NBA 2K19 (@NBA2K) June 5, 2018
NBA 2K19 commemorates the 20th anniversary of the series, which first launched on the Sega Dreamcast in 1999. A standard edition of the game will launch on Sept. 11 for the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC priced at $59.99. A 20th anniversary edition priced at $99.99 will launch days earlier on Sept. 7 and will include digital content that can be used in the games MyPlayer and MyTeam modes.