NBA Playgrounds

NBA Playgrounds Roster Revealed

NBA Playgrounds

The official roster for NBA Playgrounds by Saber Interactive has been revealed. As previously noted, the game features over 200 current and former NBA players, taking part in two-on-two tournaments at locations around the world, with arcade-style gameplay in the vein of NBA Jam and NBA Street.

Glancing at the list, it would appear that all the biggest names from today are accounted for, along with a healthy amount of Hall of Famers and other noteworthy players from yesteryear. Michael Jordan obviously isn’t included as he is exclusive to NBA 2K, and Larry Bird is also absent, but Scottie Pippen is present along with Hakeem Olajuwon, Magic Johnson, David Robinson, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Dominique Wilkins, Shaquille O’Neal, and many others.

It also sounds as though more players will be added at some point, so it remains to be seen whether additional Legends will make their way into the game, or if the rosters will simply be expanded with more current players.

Check out the full list below, leave your thoughts in the comments, and join in the discussion here in the Forum. NBA Playgrounds will be released digitally for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch in May.

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New Trailer & Information on NBA Playgrounds

Russell Westbrook in NBA Playgrounds

The CEO of Saber Interactive, Matthew Karch, has posted a new preview of NBA Playgrounds over on the PlayStation Blog. It includes a gameplay trailer, as well as a brief rundown of some of the key features of the game.

As mentioned in an earlier bulletin, NBA Playgrounds is an arcade basketball game in the style of NBA Jam and NBA Street. In addition to high flying dunks, the game will also feature other arcade elements. Extra points can be earned for perfect releases on shots, and other boosts can be earned through the Lottery Pick wheel. Interestingly, gamers can be placed at a disadvantage by knocking down opponents on defense as it depletes the lottery bar, making it more difficult to earn the aforementioned boosts.

Players can be upgraded with new moves by earning XP, and several have signature moves. Online and offline tournament play will be featured, based in locations around the globe. The blog also confirms that the roster consists of over 200 current and former NBA players. You can see a few of them in action in the gameplay trailer; check it out below, or here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

NBA Playgrounds is scheduled for release in May, and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. We’ll continue to cover the game, especially if the PC version is moddable, so stay tuned. In the meantime. feel free to post any thoughts in the comments section below, as well as join in the discussion here in the Forum.

NBA Playgrounds Coming in May (PC, PS4, X1, & Switch)

NBA Playgrounds Logo

It’s been a while since the last NBA-licensed arcade-style basketball game, but that’s about to change. Saber Interactive will be releasing NBA Playgrounds, a fully licensed arcade hoops game, in May. The game will be available as a $20 digital download for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch.

At a glance, NBA Playgrounds looks to be a hybrid of NBA Jam and NBA Street. It features two-on-two gameplay and player art style reminiscent of Jam, along with the blacktop setting and aesthetic of Street. Furthermore, it will feature a roster of both current players and NBA Legends. Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson, Dominique Wilkins, James Worthy, Spud Webb, and Billy Cunningham are among the historical players who will be featured.

Check out a trailer for NBA Playgrounds below, or watch it here on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded video.

With the game coming out on PC, it’ll be interesting to see if it can be modded. It’s great to finally see a new arcade alternative to the sim titles, so we’ll definitely be covering it when it comes out, especially if modding is possible. Do you have any interest in NBA Playgrounds? Sound off in the comments below, and join in the discussion here in the Forum!