2K Sports Takes Over NBA Playgrounds 2

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The NBA Playgrounds series now has a new publisher, and it’s a name familiar to everyone in the gaming community.

2K Sports has announced that it has taken over from Mad Dog Games as publisher for NBA Playgrounds 2, and rebranded the game as NBA 2K Playgrounds 2.

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2“The original NBA Playgrounds was a fantastic throwback to the glory days of arcade-action sports,” said Greg Thomas, President, Visual Concepts via press release. “The new NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 will step up this energy and attitude big time – with a bit of added NBA 2K flair – giving fans of both franchises an exciting new way to game with friends around the world.”

Originally slated to launch earlier this year, NBA Playgrounds 2 was hit with a delay right before it’s release. Due to the nature of the delay, pre-orders for the game had been canceled and refunded to players.

Since the announcement of the delay, developer Saber Interactive had gone completely silent on the progress of the game. That silence, however, was by design as sources tell Sports Gamers Online that there was an agreement between all parties to stay quiet on all fronts until the deal was finalized. The same sources state that negotiations between Saber and 2K began shortly before the announcement of the delay of the game.

With 2K Sports now backing the title, NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 will see a number of new additions to the game including a full Season Mode as well as a Playgrounds Championship ranked mode.

NBA 2K Playgrounds 2 will launch in the fall of 2018 on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 , Nintendo Switch, and Steam.


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