Xbox Game Pass just gets stronger and stronger and the latest game to join the scheme is TiX favourite Rocket League. It was announced on the latest edition of Inside Xbox and Game Director Scott Rudi said “We’re very excited to welcome all new players joining through their Xbox Game Pass membership and would love to hear from all of you as you play!”.
For those of you who have been hiding under a rock for the last few years, Rocket League is an amazingly addictive crossover of driving and football. It is a nightly multiplayer event for us here at TiX, so its great to hear that the player base will be increasing! Existing owners of the game who have a Game Pass subscription will also be able to get all the DLC at a discounted price ongoing.
Rocket League is three years old and Psyonix are throwing an in-game party for its player base. Starting on July 9th and running through to July 23, this anniversary event will work a bit differently to the usual in-game Events. For starters, there is a new 3v3 ‘Anniversary’ Playlist to the Casual Playlists page, featuring an inspired ‘Throwback Stadium’ that veteran SARPBC players may recognize! The goal layout, in particular, is a departure from the modern goal positions seen in the rest of Rocket League’s Arenas, but it does harken back to the old-school days of Battle-Cars, which should tickle the old nostalgia feels quite nicely.
There will be no Event Crates this time either, with all of the new items available by redeeming SARPBC 10th Anniversary-themed ‘Balloons,’ which are earned by playing matches online.
Along with new items up for grabs, you’ll also be able to redeem Balloons for a new type of Anniversary surprise! These ‘Golden Eggs’ do not require a Key or Decryptor to unlock, so just crack up to ten of ‘em open to find one of over 60 possible Customization Items from the retired Champions Series Crates.
What’s more iconic than Jurassic Park’s Tyrannosaurus Rex? The Jeep Wrangler of course and it’s the star of the latest car pack hitting Rocket League. Priced at a measly $1.99 (surely that can’t be right) the pack will be available from June 18, which is just a few days before the latest film hits cinemas.
The pack includes:
The Jurassic Jeep® Wrangler Battle-Car – equipped with a Jurassic WorldDecal for the Blue team and a Jurassic Park Decal for the Orange team
T. rex Goal Explosion
Jurassic Park Hard Hat Topper
Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, and Mr. DNA Player Banners
Some of us here at TiX are still utterly addicted to Rocket League, and we are even earning some nice Gold rankings – although our aerial skills still need some improvement! So, it’s great news to hear about the Salty Shores update coming next week on May 29th.
This next Content Update is all about Rocket League fun in the sun, starting with the aforementioned ‘Salty Shores,’ which is a brand new seaside Arena! Salty Shores will be a permanent addition to all online Playlists!
Along with this new Arena, May 29th will see the start of Competitive Season 8, the distribution of Season 7 Rewards, a new ‘Impact’ Crate and new music from the ‘Rocket League x Monstercat Vol. 3’ EP. You’ll also find some nice quality of life improvements in the mix, including a new ‘Report Server’ button for when servers misbehave during an online match.
The ‘Beach Blast’ in-game Event is also coming on June 11th. There will also be a new Rocket League vehicle, the Twinzer, which you can check out below!
Spring Fever has been announced as the next in-game Event in Rocket League, which starts on Monday 19th March. It Features a new ‘Spring Fever’ Crate that can be obtained as a drop after some Online Matches, via unlock with ‘Flowers’ that you earn, or as a direct purchase.
Alongside the Spring Fever Crate are 10 NEW items that can be purchased with those same aforementioned ‘Flowers.’ Spring fever will run until April 9th.
Psyonix have announced the next batch of content coming to Rocket League in the Spring of 2018. They will be testing a new update schedule that alternates Content Updates – which include things like new Competitive Seasons (and rewards), Maps, Events, and DLC – with Feature Updates that focus on new functionality like Tournaments or Cross-Platform Parties. The alternating schedule lets Psyonix update on a more frequent and regular cycle, guaranteeing players won’t have to wait too long between Competitive Seasons.
The February Content Update sees the end of Season 6 and the start of season 7, along with a new crate, new fan rewards and the testing of the Tournament mode on Steam.
March will see new Premium DLC and and an unknown Spring Event.
Moving on after that is where the real fun starts with the future updates including;
Tournaments – Play against other players in bracketed, single elimination tournaments
Quality of Life Updates – Item Stacking, Better Item Filtering, Searching, and Sorting, Equip to Blue/Orange Team for Painted Car Bodies
New and Expanded Options – Packet Send/Receive Rate and Bandwidth Limits, “Team Quick Chat Only”, Disable “One Minute Remaining”, etc. messages
Connection Quality Info – See notifications for Packet Loss, Latency Variance, and Server Performance in-game which will help differentiate between “server issues” and connection problems.
All the info can be found on the Rocket League blog here.
Psyonix have released details of the updates coming for Rocket League on September 28th. The Autumn update adds a new seasonal arena, the start to competitive season 6, new customization items and much much more!
The Autumn Update features a ton of new content including:
Farmstead, a new Seasonal Arena available in Competitive, Casual, and Private matches for a limited time.
More than 90 FREE new Customization Items available as Uncommon, Rare, and Very Rare drops after online matches or from Trade-Ins
The introduction of Player Banners, a new player customization feature
The End of Competitive Season 5 and the start of Competitive Season 6
Standardization of Arenas for Competitive and Casual Online play
LAN Support for PC players
And much more!
This update will also debut a new ‘Events’ system, which introduces limited-time events that provide players with the opportunity to earn additional Battle-Car customizations. Using a new item called the ‘Decryptor,’ players will be able to unlock any unopened crate in their inventory without having to purchase a Key. Additional information will be provided closer to the launch of the events themselves later this year.
Following the Autumn Update, players will also have the opportunity to help test two major upcoming features. First, is a brand new ‘Party’ System that PC players can help test during beta periods after the update goes live. Second, is a new ‘Tournaments’ system that allows players to create and compete in their own tournaments inside the game client. The Party system will launch shortly after the Autumn update goes live, while the Tournaments Beta will follow it later this year. For more information on the Party System and Tournaments Beta, please go HERE.
For additional details on the Autumn Update please visit the landing page HERE.
Rocket League celebrates its Second Year Anniversary
Rocket League goes from strength to strength, continually adding new modes and maps at no additional cost – it’s just one of the reasons that Rocket League remains a firm favourite among the TiX team. It’s almost hard to believe that it’s two years old and with its second anniversary, Rocket League is celebrating in style with a host of goodies.
Available today, the update includes a brand new arena, Champions Field, and some fresh new beats via a playlist called ‘Rocket League x Monstercat’, available via the new Rocket League Radio.
Six new achievements have been unleashed and Rick & Morty items are rewarded as common drops after playing on or offline. There are also two new vehicles, although they are locked away inside the new ‘Overdrive Crate’, which has the potential to reward you with animated decals as well as the usual variety of customisation goodies
The update also brings an end to Competitive Season 4 and the start of Season 5, which includes a variety of tweaks that are detailed over on the official website, but enough reading, check out the second year anniversary trailer below:
This is possibly due to the way that independent developer Psyonix has supported it since release on Xbox in early 2016, with the free game modes of “Rumble”, “Hoops” and “Mutator” being added as the year progressed.
Well, there’s more! On March 22nd 2017, a new game mode called “Dropshot” will be added, that adds an all-new layer to the game’s frenetic gameplay, as players must break through the floor of the arena in order to score.
Dropshot takes place in a new hexagonal arena, with no goalposts to be seen. Instead, players must use an electrified ball to break and open the floor in the opponents half of the pitch. As an added twist, the electrified ball will gain strength as players continue to hit and dribble it, with harder hits giving stronger damage potential that can be unleashed on your opponents floor.
New achievements will also be available, which is always tremendous news to hear, and this update will also see the start of competitive season 4, for all of you who don’t jump and miss the ball every time (like me)!
And how much will this new mode cost? Well like the previous playlist additions already mentioned, it will be free, so get your rocket powered football cars ready for action!
Rocket League has just expanded its location roster and this free new Arena is quite literally out of this world.
Make your way to Starbase Arc to play further matches in an all-new area inspired by one of Psyonix’s earlier mobile titles, the critically acclaimed Arc Squadron.
Set in a massive octagonal space station, orbiting a distant desert planet in a far away galaxy, the Starbase Arc Arena features huge, epic starship battles, floating planetoids and interstellar laser shows to create one of the most epic and visually stunning Rocket League atmospheres to date.
The Starbase Arc update also delivers one of the most requested community features of all time; Custom Training Mode. This free new mode will be available on all platforms and allows players to create their own training sequence. You will be able to name, design, edit and upload your sequence for other Rocket League players to access via a unique alphanumeric code. Full details on this exciting new feature can be found here.
Among other features, the Starbase Arc update will introduce an Arena preference selector, where players can like or dislike Arenas to alter the odds of playing them in online matches. The update will also bring the ‘Champion Series IV’ crate which could land you a new Import Battle-Car among other items, redesigned SARPBC vehicles; X-Devil and Gizmo and a new Colourblind Mode.
In addition to this, two new variant Arenas will be introduced, ‘Wasteland (Night)’ and ‘Utopia Coliseum (Snowy)’, which will be accessible in Exhibition and Private matches and all ranked playlists.
So, while the Starbase Arc update is free and should be available now, Psyonix have also released a new Premium Battle-car as paid DLC. The Vulcan, pictured at the top of this post, should be available now and will set you back a princely $1.99 / £1.59 or equivalent.