Back on May 17 NBA Playgrounds 2 was suddenly delayed for all systems. At the time it was a mystery for the delay, with Saber giving this explanation at the time:
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.
Well, now we know what was up! 2K has taken over publishing rights and renamed the game to NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. The game is still coming to the Nintendo Switch and will arrive sometime this fall. We do find it a bit odd that the 2K will be releasing two sets of basketball games in the same time period (wouldn’t it be better to put this one out in the spring or something), but at least it’s not cancelled. Check out the press release for more information:
2K today announced that they will publish the next great arcade-action sports game from developer Saber Interactive – NBA 2K Playgrounds 2. This over-the-top, two-on-two basketball experience will complement the best-selling NBA 2K simulation franchise and expand 2K’s footprint in the basketball video game space.
“The original NBA Playgrounds was a fantastic throwback to the glory days of arcade-action sports,” said Greg Thomas, President, Visual Concepts. “The new NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 will step up this energy and attitude big time – with a bit of added NBA 2K flair – giving fans of both franchises an exciting new way to game with friends around the world.”
“No one is more committed to bringing fans a great basketball experience than 2K. We can’t wait to share more on how we’re teaming up to make NBA 2K Playgrounds 2’s incredible arcade action bigger and better than ever for players,” said Saber CEO Matt Karch.
NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 will be released in fall 2018 on the Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC.
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