News: LeBron James' NBA 2K14 Live-Action Trailer Released [Video]

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 4:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Miami Heat star LeBron James has set the tone for next fall's highly anticipated NBA 2K14 release by appearing in the title's first gameplay trailer.

Prior to showing in-game footage of King James, the trailer starts off with LeBron having a conversation with his virtual self.

LeBron James will be on the cover of NBA2K14, because he is LeBron James. There's a promo video of him talking to his video-game self, because the graphics are really good and you're not supposed to be able to tell the difference, or something. (Sports Grid)

James appears on the game's artwork, making it his first-ever video game cover.

Miami Heat star LeBron James graces the cover of NBA 2K14, the latest edition of the immensely popular and decorated basketball video game franchise that has sold more than five million copies in each of the last three years. 2K14 will be released for current generation platforms on Oct. 1 and is slated to be available on the as-yet-determined launch dates for the next-generation PS4 and X-Box One. Jason Argent, senior vice president of sports operations for 2K Sports, said playing 2K14 on current- and next-generation platforms would be "independent experiences." (USA Today)

Last week, LeBron explained his motivation for teaming up with the 2K Sports franchise.

"My friends, family and fans all know how much I love NBA 2K," James said in a statement. "I remember, as a kid, getting so excited for the game to come out and see who was on the cover, and it's amazing to be a part of this great tradition. I love partnerships and opportunities that connect me directly with fans. I know from my own experience and now watching my own kids, NBA 2K is among the coolest and purest ways for fans to connect to the NBA. I love being a part of it." (ESPN)

NBA 2K13 featured Bron Bron's longtime friend Jay-Z taking an executive producer role.

Rapper and Brooklyn Nets part-owner Jay-Z is set to executive produce NBA 2K13, the 13th installment in 2K Sport's popular basketball game series. The news was revealed via his Life + Times website in a trailer featuring his song "Public Service Announcement" from "The Black Album." The 24-second viral video is narrated by Michael Jordan and also showcases the cover baring Jay-Z's name in the top right corner. NBA 2K13 is currently available for pre-order and is set to hit shelves on October 2. While it's unclear the type of music Jay-Z has in mind for the soundtrack, in the past, both indie rock and hip-hop music have been featured. (Billboard)

Check out the NBA 2K14 trailer:

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