UPDATE 9/10: There appears to be an ongoing issues with players not receiving their VC and other pre-order bonuses. The initial report from 2K Australia was that the issue was fixed on Xbox One; when asked regarding the PS4, there was no response. If you’re still waiting for these to be added to your account, raise a ticket with 2K Support. Feel free to also comment below the console and issue you’re experiencing and we can pass onto 2K directly.
UPDATE 9/6: 2K Australia has confirmed that the bug on Xbox One has been fixed. We have checked and confirmed: you may need to shutdown and restart the application, but the 100k bonus definitely appears in game now. You may even see your old VC balance update in real time to the bonus figure when you first connect to the servers. We’ve reached out for further clarification on potential issues with the PS4 version of the Mamba Forever edition.
UPDATE 9/5: The advice now is that anyone who purchased the Mamba Forever Edition of NBA 2K21 raise a ticket with 2K Support directly so that they can take a closer look. There are reports of people having received their VC after a period of time but most people (including this author) appear to still be impacted.
Original Story: NBA 2K21 has launched, hitting PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. With the next generation on the horizon, the game stands to be a nice little stopgap between now and the game’s PS5 and Xbox Series X release.
As with many games and franchises that will be available cross franchise, NBA 2K21 offered players the opportunity to automatically “upgrade” to the next gen version without needing to purchase another copy of the game. Whilst this involves buying a more expensive version of the current gen version of NBA 2K21, it did come with some additional bonuses alongside the eventual automatic upgrade to next gen NBA 2K21.
The Mamba Forever Edition, available across both Xbox One and PS4, includes a host of additional features and add-ons:
- 100K Virtual Currency
- 10K MyTEAM Points
- 10 MyTEAM Tokens
- 60 MyCAREER Skill Boosts
- 30 Gatorade Boosts
- 40 MyTEAM Promo Packs (10 at launch, then 3 per week)
- Sapphire Damian Lillard and Zion Williamson MyTEAM cards
- MyPLAYER Shoe Collection
- MyPLAYER backpack
- Kobe Bryant Digital Collection
- 5 MyPLAYER Shoes
- 3 MyPLAYER jerseys
- Black Mamba MyPLAYER kit
- Rookie Lakers MyTEAM jerseys
- Black Mamba custom MyTEAM jerseys
- Sapphire Kobe MyTEAM card (evos to Ruby)
- 5 Kobe MyTEAM shoes
That’s alongside a virtual copy of the game on the corresponding family console (Xbox Series X for Xbox One copies, for example), as well as an additional 100k VC.
The incentive to purchase the game on current gen is certainly there, particularly with the offer for 100k VC, the game’s in-game currency, which can be used on a host of different items, skills upgrades and aesthetics.
Unfortunately, a large number of players appear to have no received their 100k VC bonus, despite 2K Sports saying it would be available in the game the very first time any Mamba Forever edition owners boot up the game. I am one of those people: I’ve restarted the game multiple times and tried any number of different tricks as outlined on YouTube, but nothing seems to work.
Scanning Twitter and Reddit, it’s clear I’m not the other one, and 2K Sports has actually come out to detail and update the progress and issue causing some Mamba Forever players to not have their 100k VC bonus yet.
“We’re aware some of you are not getting your bonus content and VC purchases“, the publisher said in a statement. “These are not lost, and this should be resolved over the next few hours.“
That was 18 hours ago, and at time of print people are still flooding Reddit subs and Twitter with claims they haven’t received their VC.
In the meantime, my recommendation would be to hold off on playing through MyCareer and any other mode where VC takes heavy influence. And don’t give in to the temptation to drop some coin, at least not until 2K Sports comes to the party and gives players what they paid for.