For those of you who were waiting for the spiritual reincarnation of NBA Jam, the wait will last just another week as NBA Playgrounds will be released on May 9.

The game will be released on Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and PC for $19.99.

A new arcade-style basketball game

Arcade-style basketball are a rare commodity these days, and NBA Playgrounds may fill the gap. As featured in an article appearing on Polygon, the title is a two-on-two contest like NBA Jam, differently from NBA Street’s three-on-three. The gameplay is very similar to NBA Jam on both offense and defense.

The controls are similar to the old-time classic, although NBA Playgrounds added some flavor to it like cross-over dribble moves with the right analog stick. The game will also feature other little things to spice up the gameplay, like star icons spread out on the court to give users a chance to double or triple the score of the shots from those positions.

It will debut with two-player head-to-head online games, with four-player support coming in an “early update.” Saber Interactive has plans for post-release additions, including roster updates. Players will be able to discover the game’s rosters little-by-little, starting with a few players, and then being able to get card packs with new players. In spite of this mechanism, NBA Playgrounds won’t have in-game purchases, at least initially.

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Alessandro Seren Rosso
An avid player of sports management games, Alessandro writes about hockey for several online outlets in all over the world. His work appeared, among the others, on The Hockey News, Hockey’s Future, The Hockey Writers and many other. His interest in sports gaming dates back to 1998 with Championship Manager. Today, most of his gaming engagement, much limited by his 3-years-old lovely time-killer, is dedicated to Eastside Hockey Manager.