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2K Grows NBA Video Game Portfolio as Publisher of NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, Releases This Fall

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2

2K Grows NBA Video Game Portfolio as Publisher of NBA 2K Playgrounds 2, Releases This Fall

2K today announced that they will publish the next great arcade-action sports game from developer Saber Interactive – NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 (formally known as the delayed NBA 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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  1. They may position this as direct competitor with EA NBA LIVE 19. In effect, it invalidates LIVE 19’s claim in head to head competition with 2K. It also leaves 2K as comparable to no one at legit basketball sim.
    Awesome news.
    Loved first one.
    This should mean we get some of the missing legends as 2k has rights to loads.
    The roster for this should be stacked...
    MJ is a dead cert now?
    stocksy
    Awesome news.
    Loved first one.
    This should mean we get some of the missing legends as 2k has rights to loads.
    The roster for this should be stacked...
    MJ is a dead cert now?

    I do agree with more legends and players in the roster, but I am wary of 2K publishing the game as they may push PlayGrounds to include heavy micro transactions that make it so you CAN unlock characters but it would take so long to Earn then that you may as well pay to unlock them.
    crytipids
    I do agree with more legends and players in the roster, but I am wary of 2K publishing the game as they may push PlayGrounds to include heavy micro transactions that make it so you CAN unlock characters but it would take so long to Earn then that you may as well pay to unlock them.

    Agreed.
    Although first one was grind heavy but I enjoyed all the combos and kept grinding.
    The fact they have announced a season mode with playoffs - that gives the game so much more depth to the first one.
    I want players to be on EVERY team they ever played for and then adding all of 2ks retro team players would be awesome.
    So many players and unlocks. I’d love it. Just don’t bog it down with nonsense.
    NCStateProperty
    2Ks VC mindset (if it comes over) + Playgrounds Loot Card Pack grind = No Thanks

    Agreed.
    I honestly believe I might be NBA playgrounds biggest fan... as I say maxed out at level 50 on both Xbox and Switch and unlocked all cards.
    That takes serious time and grind.
    Leave the card packs in but don’t make it silly and leave the rate of duplicates alone as it already needed fixing.
    I’m not a fan of 2k - (see wwe on switch for my reason) but Saber hopefully will add to what was there and not destroy it.
    Kareem, MJ and Kobe will be welcome additions and so many more that 2k can easily add now.
    IMHO 2K won't apply microtransaction in Playgrounds because it wouldn't be an arcade game anymore.
    I feel confident they will instead improve gameplay adding some dribbling skills which were not existent at all in ver1.
    I grew with NBA Jam, but with current gen i would like to see also 3 on 3 like nba hoopz
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