NBA 2K Playgrounds Android beta is underway in select regions

NBA 2K Playgrounds for Android
NBA 2K Playgrounds for Android (Image credit: 2K / Google Play Store)

What you need to know

  • NBA 2K Playgrounds is a two-on-two arcade-style basketball game licensed by the NBA.
  • A version for Android is currently being beta-tested in select regions.
  • It will be a free-to-play title with a reliance on unlocking player packs and in-app purchases.

NBA 2K Playgrounds is a two-on-two arcade-style basketball game that first landed on consoles back in 2017. Now, it would seem 2K is keen on bringing the franchise to mobile as a free-to-play title, with beta testing currently underway in select regions.

2K Playgrounds features exaggerated character models and simplified gameplay that should translate well to mobile. I mean, this is a tried and tested format that we've seen before from NBA Jam (opens in new tab). It's nice to see more sports arcade games hitting the Google Play Store, but I am discouraged by the free-to-play mechanics that 2K is building this game around.

Unlike NBA Jam, which gives you a full roster of NBA talent to choose from, NBA 2K Playgrounds has you unlocking and upgrading your favorite players using a random card pack system. That basically means you're going to need to grind away for hours or spend real money to buy card packs outright for a chance at unlocking your favorite NBA superstars.

The Google Play listing shows that the game is currently being beta-tested in select regions such as the Philippines. There's no word when the game will be ready for an official release.

Marc Lagace was an Apps and Games Editor at Android Central between 2016 and 2020. You can reach out to him on Twitter [@spacelagace.