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NBA Playgrounds will be adding online play a few days after launch on Switch

Posted on May 4, 2017 by (@NE_Brian) in News, Switch eShop

Switch will have its first sports game next week with NBA Playgrounds. However, a key feature won’t be immediately available at launch – that being online play.

Saber Interactive prepared a patch that “will arrive a few days after launch”. Online tournaments will be added on all platforms later on as well.

An official statement reads:

“The online play for NBA Playgrounds Switch will *not* be available at launch – it will arrive a few days after launch via an update. Once this update comes out, the Switch version will have the exact same functionality as the PC, PS4, and Xbox One version – this means you can connect with people online and play against them 1v1, and there are online leaderboards. However online tournaments will not be up and running at launch for any platforms, this functionality will come at a later date via an update. We’ll share details on timing for the online tournaments as soon as we get it.”


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  • theFooFighter

    Oh well, it’s only a few days

  • KnightWonder

    Does anyone know if the game is any good?

    • theFooFighter

      Reviews aren’t out yet but gameplay looks fun although it doesn’t look as fast as NBA jam

      • FutureFox

        It sure does look fun. I can’t stop watching the gameplay. Might get it for PC, although after getting burned by Mr. Shifty (aka Mr.Glitchy) I might just wait even longer.

  • The truth-ier

    switch being lesser on a 3rd party game…what a surprise.

    • nemo37

      Update coming in a few days. Soon it will not only be on par but it will be the only system to let you plat the game on the go. Weak trolling on your part, as per usual.

    • theFooFighter

      It’s temporary. Don’t get your panties in a bunch

  • Douglas Siano

    Racing isn’t a sport?

  • anthony

    Weird. First Snake Pass lacks the Time Trial mode on Switch on launch, and now this? Is this gonna happen to a bunch of multiconsole Switch games?

    • FutureFox

      Given Switch was announced little under 7 months ago I doubt Saber had a lot of lead time to get it up alongside the other platforms (I’m assuming they didn’t have dev kits prior to the initial console reveal).

      Considering the final feature will be added in mere days shouldn’t be cause for alarm. It’s actually quite an achievement and testament to how easy it is to port games over to Switch. Another dev for a different game said it only took them day to do it.

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    Frame rate is the most important thing right now.

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