NBA Playgrounds Patch Finally Arrives on Nintendo Switch After Troubled Delays
NBA Playgrounds has been out on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, and PC since May 9. While pretty much every other version of the game has been patched and updated, the Nintendo Switch version remained incomplete and seemingly abandoned. Months went by without a single patch. The Switch version suffered from long load times, bad aliasing, and no online multiplayer at all. Saber had a tough time getting the patched verified and pushed out by Nintendo, but it's finally here!
The most important thing the roughly 2GB patch adds is online multiplayer, but several other additions have been made as well, including some big changes to the shot meter and timing (thank God). Below is the full update release from Saber Interactive:
"Many thanks for the continued support! We have the best players in the world and we are privileged to serve you.
Update 1.1.3 for Nintendo Switch brings the heat! Online is here at last. Play online, compete is ranked matches for top spots in the leaderboard and challenge your friends, enemies and other players. Game on! With the new Challenge feature, you'll be able to directly challenge another player to a game on the Playgrounds. All you have to do is agree on a code, open the online mode, switch to Challenges, enter that code and face each other.
In response to great feedback, we've also tweaked the entire shooting system from jump shots, to threes, to dunks, layups, and everything in-between. We've redone the timing, added a meter, and clarified the entire system. Keep those comments coming!
As a big thank you to our rabid fans, we've also added 15 new players, including Isaiah Thomas and Dennis Rodman! Those two all-stars and 13 others can be unlocked regularly through player packs, earned during tournaments or when leveling up your profile."
This addresses most of our core concerns with the Switch version of NBA Playgrounds, but there's still some work to be done. Hopefully after today Saber is now acquainted with Nintendo's procedures and we'll see another update sooner than later.