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!
Psyonix have announced that Rocket League will get the long-awaited cross-platform party support in an update planned for July or August. There is no official confirmation on whether PS4 and Xbox gamers will be able to play together, but it will surely be based along the same structure as the current Rocket League cross-platform play. So, PC players can currently match up with Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One players, but the PS4 can’t be matched up with Xbox One or Nintendo Switch players.
This certainly sounds like a godsend for those of us who own a Switch and have to travel for work, meaning we can still take part in multiplayer nights whilst stuck in hotel rooms!
Psyonix have also announced the forthcoming ‘Fortnite-inspired” Rocket Pass which will give players the chance to unlock cosmetic goodies by levelling up with gameplay. According to Psyonix;
“You increase your tier by leveling up normally and you’ll unlock new, unique content as you go. Each Rocket Pass will last for a few months before it’s retired and a new pass will take its place with new content to unlock.
“The Rocket Pass has both free and premium tracks so everybody has something to work for. The free track contains new cosmetic items as well as decryptors and exclusive in-game titles, while the premium track will have a flat cost to unlock. You will be able to preview premium track content before you buy the unlock to access it.”
This sounds remarkable similar to the Fortnite Battlepass, and we will have to wait and see just if the pricing structure and content is value for money!
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.
As of next week, 11th October to be exact, Rocket League adds two new Premium Battle-cars to its impressive line up.
Independent developer & publisher Psyonix, has joined forces with Dodge and Nissan to reveal new Fast & Furious DLC for Rocket League. The New DLC will be available in North America and Europe on all platforms.
The new Fast & Furious DLC brings two premium cars in the shape of the ’99 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 made famous from Universal pictures 2 Fast 2 Furious, and the ’70 Dodge Charger which starred in The Fast and The Furious also from Universal Pictures.
Both cars will have new sets of wheels and six decals available, to tinker with (listed below).
The Battle-cars will be available for purchase separately priced at $1.99 each, so assume a price of £1.99 or there abouts.
Fast & Furious ’99 Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 Decals
• Clean Cut
• The Clutch
• Home Stretch
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: