Rocket League took the world by storm when it released back in July 2015, becoming an overnight success story on PlayStation 4 thanks mainly to being part of PlayStation Plus that month. Excellent word of mouth followed, as did thousands of YouTube highlight videos.
With Rocket League now available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, Nintendo Switch fans needn’t feel left out. In a small teaser trailer in its E3 2017 Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo revealed that Rocket League will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch later this year. While we don’t have an exact Rocket League Switch release date, we do know that it will be during the Holiday period.
This article will provide an overview of Rocket League, as well as explaining the situation with cross-play not working on the PlayStation 4, while also revealing all the details of the Nintendo Switch version of the game.
What is Rocket League?
Although it isn’t a particularly complex game, Rocket League has the ability to entertain for dozens of hours on end. Players on two teams all drive small race cars around an arena, trying to put a single, giant soccer ball into the net of the opposing team. Whichever team has the most goals scored at the end of the match wins. It’s that simple.
Simple as it may be, the reason Rocket League became a runaway success story for developer Psyonix in 2015 was that every game is unpredictable. On top of this, the physics system of Rocket League allows for players to smash into each other, blowing one another up and sidelining players for a short amount of time.
Different Game Modes in Rocket League
Rocket League began with life with a few simple modes, but since then Psyonix has added new modes to the game, with things like Dropshot being added to the game post-launch. We’ve got a list of all the different Rocket League game modes right here, as well as an explanation of each.
- Exhibition - This is simply a single game of Rocket League, that can both be played online with other people, or locally using bots. You can pick any stadium for this mode, as well as choosing a time and player limit for the game.
- Online match - Rocket League gives you the option to play online in games of either 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4, and an online game can either be with anyone through the matchmaking system, or with your friends in a private game.
- Season - Playable with only bots, you can set up a Season in Rocket League to take your team to the end of the playoffs, which you can only do if you rank in the top 4 or 6 teams at the end of the group stages of games.
- Hoops - This mode was added to Rocket League in April 2016, and switches out the soccer goal for a basketball hoop, with players instead having to score vertically.
- Rumble - The Rumble mode incorporates many of the power-ups that Rocket League offers, such as freezing the ball in place for a certain amount of time, or reducing the control that players have over their cars.
- Dropshot - Dropshot changes the game entirely, switching out the arena and the soccer nets for two sides of the field. The ball becomes electrified every time a team hits it, and can then take away any hexagonal tiles that it hits on the floor of the opponent's side of the field, scoring a goal if it passes through any tiles that have vanished.
Will Rocket League Support Cross-Play on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch?
Rocket League will in fact support cross-play between the PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, when the latter version launches during the Holiday period of 2017. There won’t be any cross-play with the PlayStation 4 version of the game however, and Eurogamer recently talked to PlayStation marketing head Jim Ryan, about why this was the case.
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer later refuted the claims from Sony that allowing for cross-play would open PS4 players up to online abuse. In short, while Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Switch players can all enjoy Rocket League together, don’t hold your breath for PlayStation to join in the fun.
Rocket League on the Nintendo Switch
As Nintendo revealed through the teaser trailer that you can see just below, Rocket League is coming to the Nintendo Switch at some point later this year. Don’t worry about missing out on content from the console and PC versions though, because Nintendo has reassured fans that they’ll get all the customisation options that the other versions have.
As Rocket League is on a Nintendo console, Switch players can get access to exclusive items that aren’t available on other versions of the game, such as Mario and Luigi hat Toppers. The game will also function in every Nintendo Switch mode, running in 720p and 60FPS in both docked and handheld modes.
Nintendo also recently revealed that there will be Rocket League cars themed around historic Nintendo franchises, including Mario, Luigi, and Samus. You can see the Mario and Luigi cars just below, the former of which will be available for the Orange team, while Luigi's car will be available for the Blue team.
The third exclusive vehicle for Rocket League on the Nintendo Switch will be the Samus car that you can see just below, which is available for both teams in different color schemes.
Check out the trailer just below to see all three cars in action, which we'll finally be able to get our hands on near the end of 2017.
While we don’t yet know how many people can play Rocket League on the same switch at once, we do know that online multiplayer for the game will support up to 8 people. There’s no certain release date for Rocket League on the Nintendo Switch as of right now, but we do know that it will release before the end of 2017.
Keep an eye on this page, as we’ll be updating it with any additional information that we hear about the Nintendo Switch version of Rocket League, as we draw closer to the release date.
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