Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson will be featured on separate covers for 2K Sports' "NBA 2K12" title, the company announced today.

The game is due to ship Oct. 4 -- when the NBA, most likely, will still be embroiled in a lockout.

It is not clear how the players will factor into the game itself. Jordan was on the cover -- and an integral part -- of "NBA 2K11."

It's not Bird's first appearance on a video game cover. The very old among you might remember 1983's classic "One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird," which is exactly what it sounds like. A sequel, "Jordan vs. Bird," was released five years later.