When NBA Playgrounds launched final Could, the workforce right here at Saber was extremely excited – but in addition filled with nervous power. When growing an arcade NBA-licensed sport, you’re collaborating in a wealthy historical past of gaming that brings with it sure expectations.
On launch day – and the weeks and months that adopted – we had been delighted to search out out NBA Playgrounds was successful for our indie sport firm. Excessive-flying basketball arcade motion was again in an enormous approach! So how do you comply with that up? You need to get that a lot better and it’s essential be aware of what fan requests. NBA Playgrounds 2 is coming this summer time, and it’s primarily every thing you requested for. And extra.
One of many first issues we needed to do with the sequel was to increase on-line play. We witnessed some epic on-line video games on YouTube and knew that we needed to deliver a good richer expertise. We checked out our tournaments that stuffed the blackboard in our workplace pitting one developer in opposition to one other and really quickly it grew to become clear that we need to deliver this aggressive expertise and spirit to you.
That’s why we created Playgrounds Championship for NBA Playgrounds 2. It’s a worldwide on-line league with a number of divisions the place you may climb the ladder to the highest. You’ll at all times know precisely the place you stack up in opposition to different Playgrounds 2 gamers on-line and see your self progress as you purchase abilities. We made positive to incorporate co-op leagues to climb the ranks with a buddy as nicely, or go it alone within the solo league.
After all, what good is a web-based league with out stable on-line play? That’s why we’re additionally including devoted servers to NBA Playgrounds 2 for quick on-line matchmaking and responsive gameplay. We all know lag was an issue within the first sport for some and this could tackle the priority. We additionally listened to neighborhood suggestions and have added four-player on-line video games the place you may have every participant be a human participant on-line or any mixture of human and AI opponents.
Single-player was additionally an enormous focus, which is why we developed the brand new Season Mode. You’ll now have the ability to take your workforce by way of a season, the playoffs, and win the NBA Championship, with particular gamers to gather relying on the workforce you select to take all the best way. For all you assortment followers, we’ll have greater than 200 present and retired NBA gamers to unlock in card packs.
The Saber workforce additionally stored pushing ahead on a ton of different points of the unique sport. The participant modelers and artists added a wide range of new participant fashions for a extra consultant selection. New animations and facial animations have been added. The AI is improved and smarter. There are dozens of tracks of latest unique music recorded. New gameplay mechanics like double alley-oops deliver much more high-flying motion.
We have now some extra surprises up our sleeves, so hold a glance out for extra information as summer time shortly approaches. Get able to show your self on the Playgrounds!