May 8 (UPI) -- Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal will grace the cover of NBA 2K18 Legend Edition when it is released on Sept. 19.
The game is available on PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
A Legend Edition of the game will sell for $100 and a Legend Edition Gold will be available for $150.
"I want to thank NBA 2K for their continuous support of my basketball and broadcast career," O'Neal told IGN. "I'm excited to be on the cover of the NBA 2K18 Legend Edition and I hope my fans have a blast playing it up big man style and re-creating my most legendary in-game moments!"
NBA2K18 Legend Edition comes with a Shaq poster, trading cards, stickers and more. Buyers will also get 100,000 VC in virtual in-game currency and 20 MyTEAM packs each week. The Legend Edition Gold gives gamers the prior awards in addition to more cards, 250,000 VC in currency and 40 MyTEAM packs.
The active athlete featured on the cover for the standard edition of the game has yet to be announced. That version of NBA2K18 will sell for $60.
Digital versions of the game are now available for pre-order at Amazon.com.
The franchise posted a video on YouTube Monday morning featuring a video of O'Neal and Bryant joking around during a mock press conference for the game. In the video, Shaq gives thanks to the game franchise for putting him on the cover, while Kobe messes with the teleprompter.
"Wow what a huge honor it is to be named NBA2K18 Legend Edition cover athlete," O'Neal said in a YouTube video for the game. "I really wouldn't be here without the guidance, love and support of my mom and dad. Also I would like to thank my coaches, both college and professional. But most of all, I would like to thank Kobe Bryant. He was the NBA2K Legend cover athlete first. He is so awesome and handsome and has really nice, natural teeth. Wait, what?"
O'Neal and Bryant played together for eight seasons with the Lakers. The duo, regarded as one of the best in NBA history, teamed up for three consecutive NBA championships.