3on3 Freestyle Brings Street Basketball to PS4 in Q4 2016

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3on3 Freestyle Brings Street Basketball to PS4 in Q4 2016

Joycity is proud to announce that we are inviting gamers to try a closed beta version of our multiplayer street basketball game, 3on3 Freestyle for PS4. We could not be more excited to have passionate gamers test our game and give us feedback, but before you go and sign up for the closed beta, we would like to tell you the story of how we put the game together.

At Joycity we have been developing online multiplayer basketball games since 2005. Iit has been an incredible experience to develop 3on3 Freestyle with a community of users from all around the world. However, when we decided to bring 3on3 Freestyle to PS4, we wanted to challenge ourselves to build a truly authentic street basketball game experience for everyone.

We wanted to approach this theme from two perspectives. The first from someone who plays pickup basketball games on the street and the other from a veteran of sports games. To authentically capture the desires of both, we went on a global journey to meet gamers all around the world and visit renowned street basketball courts to watch and interact with street basketball teams, players, and fans. Diving in deep, we went directly to landmark courts in cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York and got right into the street basketball action at each location.

After spending months on the road at the courts, our development team took their observations and interactions back to the office, and used them to build the authentic characters, settings, features, and gameplay of 3on3 Freestyle. We also stayed in touch with numerous street basketball leagues and teams to keep the conversation going throughout the process of building the game.

Part of making the game authentic was replicating the diversity our game designers saw on the street basketball courts in the U.S. To do this, we made no two 3on3 Freestyle characters the same in appearance/physicality, playing style, or story. Each character in the game has their own signature moves and tricks inspired by the incredible action we witnessed using the arcade-style controls.

Another authenticity we wanted to capture that we viewed in the field was the diversity of the street basketball squads balanced with all different kinds of players. Inspired by this versatility and strategy, the teams in 3on3 Freestyle are built like the real street basketball teams which can be comprised of a speedy ball handler, a rangy swing man with lockdown defensive skills, and a powerful rim protector to protect the paint.

We also wanted for gamers to be able to utilize these diverse characters for in-game strategy. To make this happen, we inserted an in-game substitution feature where you can swap out one character for another during gameplay. With this feature, a lockdown defender character can be swapped out on the fly for a sharp-shooting three-point specialist if that is who you think best suits the situation.

3on3 Freestyle supports online multiplayer to play with friends, but sports gamers told us there was still something more that they missed in the current sports game landscape. They shared with us that they fondly remember when they would invite friends over, share pizza, and play sports games together all day.

To satisfy this nostalgic desire, we built a local co-op online multiplayer feature into 3on3 Freestyle. Now gamers can gather with their friends at their homes and play online multiplayer as a team much in the same way a street basketball team would connect and get together on a court to play a few games.

3on3 Freestyle is still an arcade-style game in its core, but we wanted to do more than infuse the essence and inspiration that we got from the people we met and the games we watched. That’s why we invited legendary story writer Evan Skolnick to shape the characters and the world behind its appearance. Evan worked hand-in-hand with our team to make sure the stories of each character were not just authentic and compelling, but also inspire gamers to push their avatar towards street basketball greatness.

The characters in 3on3 Freestyle aren’t just unique in appearance and gameplay either. Their actions and play styles are all designed based on their story, their hometowns, and their passion. This does not just show up in the game play and design detail either. Each player has their own personal story which is unlocked as they progress through the game. The one-of-a-kind jerseys we observed these teams wearing also inspired us to create a personalized jersey feature we think gamers will fall in love with.

With the bulk of the development of the game finished, we are excited to move along and release a closed beta of 3on3 Freestyle. We would like to invite gamers to test out the closed beta version of the game so they can provide us with their feedback to improve upon the most authentic and enjoyable final version of the game. We are offering a limited number of exclusive closed beta downloads and in-game rewards for beta testers who are willing to participate.

Our development doesn’t stop there though. We are planning updates of the game to be released on a monthly basis. We will also be offering a free PS4 theme and exclusive discounts on items such as logos, clothing, and accessories for PS Plus users.

We could not be more excited to have gamers begin testing our game so those interested in being exclusive closed beta testers of 3on3 Freestyle should visit the 3on3 website to sign up and start playing. 3on3 Freestyle will launch on PS4 in Q4 2016.

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  • It’s smart to go with the arcade style of 3-on-3 street ball. 2KSports has the sim market locked up with NBA 2K17, so this idea is right on! I threw my name into the hat and hope we get picked. My son is all hoops, all the time. He plays for his HS team, but plays year round in different leagues and AAU ball – and he hoops in NYC parks when he gets the chance, so he’s no stranger to street ball. He’d be the one putting the beta through its paces! :-)

    Now, did you guys capture places like The Cage (West 4th Street) and Rucker Park in the game?

    • Oh. One other thing: I watched the trailer, and wondered whether you have courts with no nets or chain link nets (or ripped nets)? To be honest, a lot of courts in NYC are like that. It’s hard to find nets at the parks. Kids like to jump up and hang on the nets, and then they rip, or come off altogether! Playing without a net messes with your aim because all you can see if the backboard and the hoop.

  • cant wait to play it

  • im waiting for the beta realese in Europe….boucouse i get a code, but is just for america and asia….
    So, the question, when?

  • OFF-LINE coop. We need OFFLINE features.

    • 3 People in the same room can play together on one team vs 3 online (or AI I’m going to guess). I played the game last year and it was pretty fun. Problem with 3v3 locally is that the PS4 only supports up to 4 controllers, so it can’t be done.

  • I can’t wait for this. I was able to try this out at PSX last year and it’s a lot of fun. This is a great game to play with friends.

  • This maybe a stupid question but where is the link or button were I can sign up for the beta I would really like to test this i played a lot of NBA street back when I was a child and I think this will really be a good thing for us the older guys !

  • Yeah, i want it

  • Hey I would like to participate in beta tests and help you found bugs and squash them.

  • Was kinda excited when I saw this on the main page but…the game is online only?…no kinda of a career game mode,not even offline modes?

    If thats the case then what a waste…cuz I’m in need of a fix of Street Basket,been a while since no game like that is released and since I played some.Good old times with NBA Street V3.

  • Freestyle was fun as hell on Steam. I’ll be getting this one too.

  • I’m okay with having only 6 people to choose from, if I can customize their appearance. Street ball has alot more different shapes of characters and selfishly, I would like to see more black folks. I don’t know the courts around the nation, but female ballers are out numbered in my hood. Have 3 males to 3 females, while I get it, I don’t think was captured from these parks around the world. Speaking up, no locations outside the US?

    I’m looking forward to this game, and hope the servers are much better than play on than other MyPark/Streetball games currently out here ;)

  • I want to play this beta I love basketball and think it might be good.

  • Where can I submit beta bugs?

  • cant wait to try it out

  • Really awesome idea. I hope you guys are looking towards And1 mix tapes and movies like ‘Above the Rim’ and ‘He Got Game’ for inspiration. I miss the whole street sports genre. Glad you’ve also included a story mode. Hoping the characters are truly unique and not feel generic.

    Good luck with the game!

  • Please tell me you can break the backboard…lol

  • I hope you guys took àlot of inspiration from NBA streets and NBA Jam as far as the gameplay. Also I hope character customization is VERY deep to go with the stylish looking characters.

  • I want everybody know this is a console adaptation of freestyle basketball 2 basically, if you havent played the game you should check it out and youll understand this game more as its similar, also for joycity you should take off the exhaustion debuff that lower stats you are forcing people to switch as oppose to switching to sitiation or your oppennent as each character plays different in their respective positions.

  • It’s cool Fr

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