Visual Concepts may be planning on adding more characters to its upcoming basketball simulation video game, “NBA 2K17,” prior its official release on Sept. 16. However, instead of bringing in a professional basketball player, the developer opted to add someone who is more known for his career as a football player.

On Friday, Eurogamer revealed that former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry has been added to “NBA 2K17” and fans would be pleased to know that the retired footballer is going to be a playable character.

Despite being a playable character, fans should know that Thierry is only playable in the Blacktop mode, wherein players get to engage in different basketball games, such as 1v1 and 5v5. When using Henry in the Blacktop mode, players will see him in action alongside some of the greatest NBA players of all time.

Commenting on his addition to “NBA 2K17,” Henry said: “Being a basketball and NBA fans since I was a kid, I’m honored to be the first football player ever to be playable in ‘NBA 2K17.’Seeing myself go toe to toe with the legends of the sport is an amazing feeling,” as quoted by the Xbox Hub.

Meanwhile, 2K Sports just released the “NBA 2K17: The Prelude” that serves as an introduction to “NBA 2K17,” with VG 24/7 reporting that this will enable players to start their in-game career by making them choose from 10 colleges to play for while waiting for the full game to be released.

“The Prelude” is available to download for free on Xbox One and PS4. The file size for the former is 15GB, while the size for the latter weighs in at 14GB.

On Microsoft’s online store, “The Prelude” is described as the beginning of the MyPLAYER career mode of “NBA 2K17” that seeks to help players improve their draft ranking before they are transferred over to the full game.

Aside from the free-to-download “The Prelude,” 2K Sports also launched in-game Virtual Currency packages ranging from 5,000 VC to 450,000 VC on Thursday and they are priced from $1.99 to $99.99.