Rocket League is a video game that involves the combination of car racing and soccer, created by Psyonix. In the game, players are put into two different teams and pitted against each other in a futuristic arena to duke it out. Vehicles can be customized by players in numerous ways. Rocket League is the sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars (known as SARPBC), which was created by the same developer.
On September 8, 2016, a beta version was made available on Steam for Linux (via SteamOS) and Mac OS X.
On June 13, 2017, Psyonix made headlines when it announced that Rocket League would be coming to Nintendo Switch later in the year. It was revealed that it would be released on the Switch on November 14th. As with other console platforms, Switch-exclusive items were implemented.
On January 23, 2020, Psyonix announced it would end support for Rocket League on the macOS and Linux (SteamOS) platforms. The final patch for these platforms was in March 2020. (more info below) Since then, the macOS and Linux (SteamOS) versions are longer be updated or supported. Players will still be able to download and install these versions, but some features will not function as expected.
Rocket League has been critically praised, and has won numerous awards. The game has been popular on the streaming platform Twitch and has both a casual and competitive atmosphere.
Rocket League's gameplay expands on the original title, SARPBC. Players control a rocket-powered car in and use it to direct a ball larger than the cars into the opposing team's goal in an arena.
The game is played by one or more players, locally or online. The game features "cross-platform play" on both PS4 and PC, which means that players on either platform will be able to play together. Xbox cross-platform play is not available as of now, due to problems caused by Sony.
The following editions of Rocket League have been released, in addition to the base game:
- Rocket League Collector's Edition
- Rocket League Game of the Year Edition
- Rocket League Ultimate Edition
Rocket League received "generally positive reviews" according to the review aggregator website Metacritic, scoring 87/100, 86/100 and 85/100 on Metacritic for the Xbox One, PC, and PS4 versions respectively.
Critics praised both the fact that it is "addictive and fun", as well as the visuals, which "are brilliantly detailed" and "crisp", while the community on Slant collectively agreed that the game is perfect for quick, short play sessions, making it one of the best choices for couch co-op play.
Behind the Scenes
Although not much is known about the universe in which Rocket League takes place, Psyonix founder Dave Hagewood did say the following in a 2015 interview with Game Informer:
MacOS and Linux support
On January 23, 2020, Psyonix announced it will end support for the macOs and Linux (SteamOS) platforms. The final patch for these platforms will be in March 2020.
This update will disable online functionality (such as in-game purchases) for players on macOS and Linux, but offline features including Local Matches, and splitscreen play will still be accessible. If you purchased Rocket League for Mac or Linux on Steam, the game will still work with full functionality when installed and played on a computer running Windows 7 or newer. Psyonix mentioned in a support article that there are a few third party tools which may allow users to still run the game on these platforms, but that these tools are officialy not supported by Psyonix.
- ↑ PEGI Pan European Game Information
- ↑ Metacritic: Rocket League for Xbox One Reviews
- ↑ Metacritic: Rocket League for PC Reviews
- ↑ Metacritic: Rocket League for PlayStation 4 Reviews
- ↑ Summa, Robert: Rocket League on PS4: You should be playing this. Destructoid
- ↑ Slant: Rocket League - What are the best couch co-op games for Xbox One?
- ↑ Game Informer | The Surprisingly Guarded Lore Of Rocket League