Saber Interactive revealed on Tuesday that NBA Playgrounds 2, the next installment in the arcade-sports franchise, is coming later this year.
NBA Playgrounds 2 raises the intensity of the series’ over-the-top, two-on-two street action with a new line-up of online and local multiplayer game modes, as well as new courts from playgrounds across the world.
Playgrounds Championship mode introduces a new worldwide ranked league system, featuring multiple competitive solo and co-op division ladders for players to climb. Season mode is a new single-player experience that recreates the feeling of leading a team through the regular season, playoffs, and, ultimately, the NBA Championship itself. There’s also improved matchmaking with dedicated servers, the arrival of four-player online matches, the return of three-point contests, custom matches, and more.
The game will launch with a roster of over 200 current and retired NBA players – including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Damian Lillard, Karl-Anthony Towns, Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Dr. J., Allen Iverson and Larry Bird.
There are new moves and power-ups to bust out, improved AI, and new player models and animations.
NBA Playgrounds 2 is expected to launch in 2018 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC. It is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB.