Developer Saber Interactive’s NBA Playgrounds received generally positive reviews and the game was a pretty decent step away from serious basketball titles like NBA 2K. The community liked the wacky take on the franchise pretty much but not everyone was happy with it. Those playing on the Nintendo Switch for example, have a particularly bad version of the game.
When the game launched, the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One players of the game were happy with what seems to be a spiritual successor of NBA Jam. However, those on the Nintendo Switch were treated to a technically limited copy. To compensate for the poor version, developer Saber Interactive is giving away a free title for owners of NBA Playgrounds on the Nintendo Switch.
“We had every intention of launching online play for NBA Playgrounds on Nintendo Switch within days of release, but, despite our best efforts, it didn’t play out that way,” said Matthew Karch, CEO of Saber.
He adds: “we sincerely apologize for the delay and want to let everyone know the fix will be coming very soon. But words are cheap, and games are not. So we’re giving everyone that bought NBA Playgrounds on Nintendo Switch before the online play patch hits a free copy of Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn on Switch when it is available this fall to express our gratitude.”
No exact release date has been set for Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn but it’s already confirmed that Nintendo Switch players of NBA Playgrounds will be getting the game free of charge. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is a sequel to the 1994 classic fighting game, Shaq Fu. The newly released trailer reveals that the sequel is yet another action packed title and those looking to get a feel for retro arcade fighters should try out the game when it launches.
This freebie to compensate for the Nintendo Switch version of NBA Playgrounds could be a good deal for players. Aside from the lack of online multiplayer feature in the game, the Nintendo Switch version also has a few other annoying issues, one of which is really long load times. Players are reporting that load times could take 20 seconds between menus.
Despite this neat deal, players are still hoping that developer Saber Interactive is still going to update the Nintendo Switch version of the game soon. Stay tuned to The Bitbag for more gaming news.