Next week’s big new release on Nintendo Switch is NBA Playgrounds, an NBA Jam inspired 2 vs. 2 basketball videogame. However, while the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC versions will launch with a full suite of online multiplayer options, the Nintendo Switch won’t benefit from the same connectivity at launch.
According to developer Saber Interactive: “The online play for NBA Playgrounds Switch will *not* be available at launch – it will arrive a few days after launch via an update. Once this update comes out, the Switch version will have the exact same functionality as the PC, PS4, and Xbox One version – this means you can connect with people online and play against them 1v1, and there are online leaderboards. However online tournaments will not be up and running at launch for any platforms, this functionality will come at a later date via an update. We’ll share details on timing for the online tournaments as soon as we get it.”
This will surely come as a disappointment to many Nintendo Switch gamers, however the fact that Saber Interactive are still determined to include the functionality at this point is good news.
How do you feel about a delay in the online functionality in NBA Playgrounds? Will you still be picking up the videogame when it arrives next week?