A short while before NBA Playgrounds arrived on Nintendo Switch the developer's representatives told us that an update adding online play would come a 'few days' after launch. Not an ideal scenario, but reasonable - we can practice for a few days and then play online, right?
We're pretty sure 'a few days' doesn't equate to a couple of weeks, yet here we are with no update as yet to enable online play on Switch. The last status update we had when we chased last week was that there'd be more information soon, which hasn't come as yet. To be fair whoever runs the game's social media account does answer questions on this and other things, but has no real details to give. The latest relevant replies are below.
No real change, then.
It has been rather frustrating for those that have bought the game on Switch, especially as the offline Tournaments get teeth-gnashingly tricky late on, to the point that getting thrashed by 13 year-old Jimmy from Arkansas online will be a change of pace. It's easy to lose track of days and weeks when busy, but this feels like an excessive wait for a core feature of the game on Switch. Meanwhile the developers have found the time to improve the fully-featured PC version while Switch owners wait for basic online play.
Not exactly a slamma jamma.
Poor show from the devs. Obviously the only reason they've said online will arrive in a matter of "days" was to not hurt it's sales . Very misleading. They'll have known fine well they weren't going to be able to deliver it that quickly.
They said online would be added a few days later and now this is getting irritating. I also thought the resolution in handheld mode looked rather dull and now I know for sure. I defended them and now they are making me look bad. Get your act together please!
"They said online would be added a few days later and now this is getting irritating" cit. @Spoony_Tech...
yeah bit disappointed as well, Not very impressed & the last tournament is a bit of cheating AI
I am enjoying NBA Playgrounds. After having zero licensed arcade sports games on the Wii U, I can be patient for a little while longer....but ARMS will be out soon....
. . . In the meantime, I'll keep unlocking and powering up new players.
I just searched for "Jimmy from Arkansas" and funnily enough the first results are basketball related. Jimmy Dykes, a basketball coach for Arkansas University and in an image search, Jimmy Whitt, a basketball player born in Arkansas. Neither are 13 years old though.
This is precisely why I haven't bought the game. We've seen it time and time again, unfinished games get released with promises of core features being added within a week that then don't materialise for months.
It's not acceptable.
The game doesn't run at 720p? What does it run at then?
Glad I didn't decide to buy this garbage...come on Arms!
@OorWullie I personally would be pretty worried if you could find a random kid on the internet so easily.
That aside - this is kind of appalling and needs to be handled better. Shouldn't have released the game to the public if it wasn't ready yet. Pocket Fighter sure hasn't.
This is sad, since I bought the game at launch expecting these things soon. I don't mind so much because I just play with friends on the TV so handheld quality and no online aren't the biggest deal, but I would like them.
Not good enough from the developers.
@BezBot how do you set up multiplayer? I've tried and can't figure it out
Game looked like so much fun but I won't be buying it unfinished. Would already own it otherwise.
Doesn't bother me at the moment. I do plan on getting this game at some point but I've been that busy playing MK8D that I haven't given it a 2nd thought
It also needs quicker loading times, please note that as well.
@OorWullie When you're my age you assume everyone thrashing you online is called Jimmy and about 13 years old, and possibly from Arkansas.
@OorWullie Hence, why I didn't buy the game and by looks of it never will.
.........What the heck, devs.
I'm never buying this garbage despite having the urge to weeks before it's initial launch. Too little, too late. MK8, Arms, Splatoon will dominate the summer.
I bought it and really enjoy this game. I've played bout half and half between docked and handheld. I really like the amount of retired basketball players they have.
But I also looked into this game with reviews and video and got what I expected.
Two weeks later and no online after promising just a few days is wrong. Something needs to be done with developers being able to promise this and that and then not delivering . Whether people can get refunds or something.
Waiting on the patch before I get the Switch version. Come on devs.
Knew I was right to hold off buying this.
I honestly think the game wasn't ready and probably needed a delay to work out the kinks. Young Devs need to stop rushing things
I'm glad I swerved this one now, a shame as I was looking forward to it.
Glad I didn't get taken in by this one. Don't make promises you can't or won't keep, guys. It's pretty simple. Maybe I'll snag this when it inevitably goes on sale for $10 or less, but until then, glad I didn't support a developer who optimizes poorly and isn't up to keeping their promises.
And this is why I waited. Won't be buying until it's fully patched, and even if it is I may just lose interest by the time it happens
This game is enjoyable but I've been wondering about an update. I have plenty to keep me busy while they sort this stuff out. I certainly wouldn't call this game "garbage". i still recommend it.
God, you lot love to moan. The game is not "garbage" by any stretch of the imagination. Considering it's just £17.99 it's pretty feature filled. Handheld graphics could be better, yes, but I'll survive.
@alasdair91 People have different opinions dude, i think the games an unfinished mess, but im not going to tell other people what they think of it.
Yep, if I think it's garbage, that's my opinion...you can enjoy it all you like though and think of it what you may.
@liljmoore it's not even near finished on Switch, I played my mates Xbone version and the difference was night and day🤢🤢
Shaq on Magic with Penny Hardaway .......cant wait
I don't get the concept of releasing half-finished games patching in primary features later. I just don't.
@Jaredfrogman I had to go in to the controller settings on the switch and set it to sideways 2 joy cons and then return to exhibition mode
Really hoping that 720p handheld resolution makes it into the upcoming patch... whenever that happens to be!
Considering Nintendo themselves hasn't ironed out their own online infrastructure yet, I would point the blame somewhere else.
The NDF however...
@santaglause If you played BOTH on TV, then the ONLY difference, is the lack of ONLINE.
In DOCKED mode, the game DOES run 1080-p @60FPS, so the same as Xbox ONE, which I also have the game on.
Terrible showing from the devs. Either announce a date for the patch, or man up to the mistake.
So they basically launched an alpha at this point....
@Jaredfrogman The same way you do for one player, just do it again with another Joy-Con. Not much I can say more than that, sorry.
Yep, if I think it's enjoyable, that's my opinion...you can call it garbage all you like though and think of it what you may.
@Morph The menus and overlays are all sharp and I assume 720p, but the actual gameplay is clearly running at something lower OR the textures are reduced significantly in resolution, which seems possible as well - the Switch, to its credit does an amazing job at making it look 'smooth' even with a lower resolution, but it's definetely an extremely blurry looking game. Very 'B' grade graphics appearance.
On a separate but related note, the delay after pressing buttons in menus make the game feel very sluggish and hint at bad coding as well (not to mention load times that give me enough time to fall asleep).
@akaDv8R The gameplay on xbone version is tighter and the timings are more consistent, out of curiosity, why would you buy 2 versions of the same game ?
I am very disappointed in this developer. Not only did they lie about adding online multiplayer days after release on Switch, they also have not patched the game. It needs a patch for better loading and better frame rate when playing on the go. Instead, the PC version has gotten new players and shot-meter. Hopefully they get it together, otherwise, I will not buy a game from them again.
It's frustrating, but I wonder how much of this is from Nintendo's side. Let's not complain about an "unfinished" game missing core features when we are playing it on an unfinished product that's missing core features. All my fellow switch owners know what I'm taking about. The game was rushed to get release parity... I'm disappointed they mislead us with the time-frame big time though.
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