Rocket League's Next Timed Mode Adds a Goal-Seeking Ball

Rocket League's Next Timed Mode Adds a Goal-Seeking Ball

Heatseeker Mode turns the ball into a goal-seeking rocket.

New players sometimes have trouble finding the back of the goal in Rocket League. A new timed mode is making shots on goal a little easier, turning Rocket League into a goal-seeking score blitz.

Heatseeker Mode, arriving April 16 for Rocket League, is a three-on-three mode where the massive ball that players bat around seeks out the goal after every touch. If a player hits the ball with their virtual car, it'll speed up and angle towards the opposing team's goal. Seeing it in action is pretty wild.

But if another player hits the ball, it'll change direction towards the other goal. This back-and-forth looks like it will ratchet up the speed with every hit, as well as every time it hits the backboard. The first team to hit seven goals wins the match.

Heatseeker Mode will go live on April 16 and hang around until April 20. Though it's only around for a few days, there are worse ways to spend this quarantine time than blasting the ball back and forth in one of our favorite games of the decade. I know I'm looking forward to this mode, if for no other reason than it seems pretty tough to own-goal your team in it. History has shown I will find a way, however.

Rocket League is currently available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, and it's got a lot of cross-network play options. In the meantime, be sure to read up on our feature about Rocket League's underground fight clubs from last year.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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