NBA Playgrounds looks like a promising release for next week, with some recent demo events bringing impressions and footage of the game to the web. With regards to the Switch version, however, we've been a tad nervous due to Nintendo's own official gamepage pointedly avoiding any reference to the game's online play; naturally there were fears of Nintendo gamers missing out on a key feature.
Thankfully that won't be the case. We checked with the developer's representatives and it's been confirmed to us that the Switch will have all of the online features, the only difference being that they'll go live a few days after the launch. Evidently Saber Interactive couldn't quite get the Switch code for online features over the line for the final submission to Nintendo, hence the update later next week.
The online play for NBA Playgrounds Switch will *not* be available at launch – it will arrive a few days after launch via an update. Once this update comes out, the Switch version will have the exact same functionality as the PC, PS4, and Xbox One version – this means you can connect with people online and play against them 1v1, and there are online leaderboards. However online tournaments will not be up and running at launch for any platforms, this functionality will come at a later date via an update. We’ll share details on timing for the online tournaments as soon as we get it.
The developer has already previously stated that 2v2 matches and regular event Tournaments will be post-launch additions, so in that case Switch is on the same court as other consoles.
The game is due out on 9th May and naturally we'll work on a review to let you know what we think. Do you think this will be a slam dunk?