• NBA Playgrounds 2 Coming Summer 2018

    Via a trailer and PlayStation Blog entry, Saber Interactive has announced that NBA Playgrounds 2 will be coming this summer.Written by Matthew Karch, co-founder of Saber Interactive, the blog gives an overview of what is coming to the title.

    Expanding online play is a priority with the title, leading to the addition of Playgrounds Championship. This mode is a worldwide online league that will include solo and co-op leagues. Dedicated servers should improve online stability and which should aid the addition of four-player online games. The single-player experience will see the addition of Season Mode.

    The trailer begins with voiceovers including that of YouTube personality QJB, indicating YouTube personalities will once again play a role in the title. (QJB was among those YouTubers added to the roster in the original NBA Playgrounds.) The roster for the title will include over 200 current and former NBA players and over 400 selectable characters overall.

    Continue on to see the NBA Playgrounds 2 trailer and blog.



    When NBA Playgrounds launched last May, the team here at Saber was incredibly excited – but also full of nervous energy. When developing an arcade NBA-licensed game, you’re taking part in a rich history of gaming that brings with it certain expectations.

    On release day – and the weeks and months that followed – we were delighted to find out NBA Playgrounds was a hit for our indie game company. High-flying basketball arcade action was back in a big way! So how do you follow that up? You have to get that much better and you need to be responsive to what fan requests. NBA Playgrounds 2 is coming this summer, and it’s essentially everything you asked for. And more.

    One of the first things we wanted to do with the sequel was to expand online play. We witnessed some epic online games on YouTube and knew that we wanted to bring an even richer experience. We looked at our tournaments that filled the blackboard in our office pitting one developer against another and very soon it became clear that we want to bring this competitive experience and spirit to you.

    That’s why we created Playgrounds Championship for NBA Playgrounds 2. It’s a worldwide online league with several divisions where you can climb the ladder to the top. You’ll always know exactly where you stack up against other Playgrounds 2 players online and see yourself progress as you acquire skills. We made sure to include co-op leagues to climb the ranks with a friend as well, or go it alone in the solo league.

    Of course, what good is an online league without solid online play? That’s why we’re also adding dedicated servers to NBA Playgrounds 2 for fast online matchmaking and responsive gameplay. We know lag was a problem in the first game for some and this should address the concern. We also listened to community feedback and have added four-player online games where you can have each player be a human player online or any combination of human and AI opponents.

    Single-player was also a big focus, which is why we developed the new Season Mode. You’ll now be able to take your team through a season, the playoffs, and win the NBA Championship, with special players to collect depending on the team you choose to take all the way. For all you collection fans, we’ll have more than 200 current and retired NBA players to unlock in card packs.

    The Saber team also kept pushing forward on a ton of other aspects of the original game. The player modelers and artists added a variety of new player models for a more representative variety. New animations and facial animations have been added. The AI is improved and smarter. There are dozens of tracks of new original music recorded. New gameplay mechanics like double alley-oops bring even more high-flying action.

    We have some more surprises up our sleeves, so keep a look out for more news as summer quickly approaches. Get ready to prove yourself on the Playgrounds!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: NBA Playgrounds 2 - Summer 2018 started by cdj View original post
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      CLW -
      I think I also saw 20% off if you preorder on psn
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      cdj -
      I had fun with the first one. While it wasn't the deepest, it accomplished what it set out to do. One could argue it was the second best basketball game of 2017, behind 2K.
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      CLW -
      Quote Originally Posted by cdj View Post
      I had fun with the first one. While it wasn't the deepest, it accomplished what it set out to do. One could argue it was the second best basketball game of 2017, behind 2K.
      Meh 3on3 freestyle is a deeper and better game than playgrounds. It's less over the top silly and requires some actual basketball IQ + skill to be good at.
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      cdj -
      Quote Originally Posted by CLW View Post
      Meh 3on3 freestyle is a deeper and better game than playgrounds. It's less over the top silly and requires some actual basketball IQ + skill to be good at.
      I didn't give that game a fair shake, but have caught you on it a decent amount. Maybe I need to redownload and play again.

      I do think NBA Playgrounds was a better basketball game over NBA LIVE 18 though. It's tough comparing arcade versus sim, but I think Playgrounds hit the mark of what they were aiming for more than LIVE did.
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      CLW -
      Quote Originally Posted by cdj View Post
      I didn't give that game a fair shake, but have caught you on it a decent amount. Maybe I need to redownload and play again.

      I do think NBA Playgrounds was a better basketball game over NBA LIVE 18 though. It's tough comparing arcade versus sim, but I think Playgrounds hit the mark of what they were aiming for more than LIVE did.
      I really enjoy 3 on 3. I got the Plat a long time ago (which is not hard but a long grind unless you pay for coins to level up your players) and still play quite a bit.

      I like the game because it has some arcade elements (each person has a unique set of special skills/abilities) but each can be countered for the most part (unless you just run into someone who is insanely good with their stick work) with fundamentals and good sim basketball.


      You cannot really appreciate the game's depth though unless you play with people you know or at least know are decent at the game. Allot of randoms just ball hog Jack up contested 3s and play no defense.

      I never played playgrounds. It looked like a solid over the top modern nba jam. For me I just prefer a little more sim mixed in with some arcade stuff.
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      cdj -
      The game has been delayed.

      We’ve got some news to share, but we want to start by saying ‘good things come to those who wait.’ There are exciting things brewing with the NBA Playgrounds franchise that we think will take arcade basketball to new levels.

      We can’t tell you everything now, but we can tell you that this means our launch date of May 22nd will be moved out. Please be patient with us, we promise that NBA Playgrounds 2 will be better than ever. We’ll have more details to share soon.
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      CLW -
      More loot boxes gamble to win coming soon .....