As noted in yesterday’s bulletin, the next big patch for NBA Playgrounds was expected “later this Summer”. However, it turns out that PlayStation 4 and PC users didn’t have to wait very long at all, as the new update, Patch 1.3.0, has been pushed through on both platforms. It should download automatically as long as you have an active Internet connection, but if you encounter any problems, restart your console or Steam client.
The patch adds over 30 new players to the game, including commentators E.J. Johnson and Ian Eagle, as well a few more YouTubers. Additional versions of several players have also been added on other teams that they played for. Key feature additions include an online three-point shootout, a friends invitation system, rebounding indicator, and additional online play options. Notable adjustments and fixes include the difficulty of tournaments, the amount of XP gained in tournament games, and resolutions for a couple of technical issues.
See below for the full patch notes. Feel free to share your impressions in the comments section below, as well as in the NBA Playgrounds topic in the NLSC Forum. There’s no word on when the patch will hit the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, but hopefully it shouldn’t be too much longer.
NBA Playgrounds Patch 1.3.0 Notes
- Added: New players join the roster
- The following players were added: Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Rick Barry, Tim Duncan, Brandon Jennings, Brandon Knight, Deron Williams, Derrick Favors, Gerald Green, Iman Shumpert, Jeff Green, Josh Richardson, Kenneth Faried, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Khris Middleton, Michael Carter-Williams, Mike Miller, Timofey Mozgov, Trevor Ariza, Tristan Thompson, Tyson Chandler, Bob Pettit, Jerry Lucas, Lenny Wilkens, J.R. Smith, Danny Green, J.J. Redick, Wilson Chandler, Alex Len, Dario Saric and Baron Davis
- The following players can now be played on a second team, in which they played during their career: Chris Paul (New Orleans Pelicans), Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Ray Allen (Boston Celtics), Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls), Dennis Rodman (Chicago Bulls), Tim Hardaway (Golden State Warriors), Scottie Pippen (Houston Rockets), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), Goran Dragic (Phoenix Suns), Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns), Jason Kidd (Phoenix Suns), Grant Hill (Phoenix Suns), LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Blazers), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Wilt Chamberlain (San Francisco Warriors) and Vince Carter (Toronto Raptors)
- The following Playgrounders join the Playgrounders team: Ian Eagle, EJ “The Mayor” Johnson, Agent 00, Shake4ndBake and HipHopGamer
- Added: Friends’ invitation system
- Added: 1 vs. 1 Unranked matches (in all game modes), using the matchmaking algorithm, but players don’t risk losing any ranking points or changing their ELO
- Added: 3-Point Contest
- A new way to compete online. Challenge your opponent to find out who can hit the most 3-Pointer
- Added: A short steal and push protection when changing characters was added for the Client player in an online match to reduce the Host advantage
- Adjusted: Pushes are no longer effective once the shot attempt is made and the player jumped.
- Changed: The difficulty of the tournaments was reduced
- Changed: The lightning ball can now be blocked by a player just like any other shot
- Changed: The experience gain during the tournaments was increased and slightly decreased for online matches.
- Improved: The rebound system was reworked and improved to better reflect the intended game style and to make it understandable
- Fixed: Several issues that caused Desyncs during Online Game Sessions
- Fixed: An issue that could prevent a player from joining an Online Match after aborting a former matchmaking search right after it succeeded
- Fixed: Height and Weight stats of the Playgrounders in the metric system
- Fixed: An issue that could freeze the game, after winning the Tokyo tournament