NBA Playgrounds, the game that looks to continue the legacy of NBA JAM, from the 90’s, is almost here. Previewed a while back, the 2 on 2 arcade style basketball game is being developed by Saber Interactive (Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Unreal Champion reboot) and does in fact carry the NBA official branding, so this game is legit. Much like NBA JAM, the game features caricatures of NBA stars (past and present), with larger heads, smaller bodies and crazy, over-the-top dunks.
Saber Interactive has included both a single-player mode and multiplayer, which is available online and locally, with all types of wild game modes. NBA Playgrounds will be available on a slew of platforms, including the Xbox One, PS4, PC and yes, the Nintendo Switch, which could be great for gaming on the go.
Saber also promises new players and content after the game’s release, though, no word on if that content will be free or paid.
NBA Playgrounds will be available on May 9. However, we don’t know how it will be sold. Currently, no retailer shows a listing for the title. At the time of publishing this post, Amazon, Best Buy and Gamestop do not have any material or listing for the game. With Amazon showing a listing for NBA JAM for 3DS and other NBA titles like 2K for xbox and so forth, if you search “NBA Playgrounds,” while Best Buy and Gamestop simple say “nothing could be found with that search criteria.” So, one could assume this may be a digital only title, at least for launch, with a physical copy coming afterwards. Why? That’s anyone’s guess, but it could be the title is a stinker and they don’t want to spend the money manufacturing discs and boxes for a game that will tank or it could that the title has a small budget and they’d rather test the waters digitally and recoup cash, before hitting brick and mortar stores. If you’re unsure whether the game will live up to the hype of NBA JAM, I’d wait for some reviews from multiple sources before dropping your dough, just to be safe.