Psyonix are pushing the boat out again. It wasn’t enough that they monopolise the “3rd person split screen online multiplayer rocket powered battle-car football” corner of the gaming market; the game developers have since begun expanding their hugely popular title into a whole host of other sports, releasing regular updates that include a nice mix of free and paid content. We’ve had ice hockey, we’ve had basketball, we’ve had mutator settings that mess with gravity and turn footballs square. The latest news, however, is a little less athletic, and a little more… Mario Kart.
The team behind Rocket League announced yesterday that their next update, due for release in September, will include a brand new game mode, the purpose of which is to add a little more frenzy to an already frantic game. The mode, titled Rumble, will add a host of collectible power-ups to the arena, most of which will cause your opponents real issues. Here’s a pretty comprehensive list:
- The Boot (Kicks an opponent’s car)
- Disruptor (Forces your opponent to drive uncontrollably)
- Freezer (Freezes the ball in-place)
- Grappling Hook (Pulls you towards the ball)
- Haymaker (Punches the ball)
- Magnetizer (Attracts the ball to your car)
- Plunger (Grabs the ball via plunger and cord)
- Power Hitter (Allows you to hit everything harder)
- Spike (Attach the ball to your car when you bump into it)
- Swapper (Change positions on the field with your opponent)
- Tornado (Sweep up the ball and opposing cars into a giant funnel cloud)
Just like the game modes that came before it, Rumble will be available on any un-ranked online playlists, as well as split screen and exhibition matches. Various preconfigured settings will be provided to make life easier, with names like Destruction Derby or Spring-Loaded; for more information, check out the official site here.
The Magnet. Or, as I like to call it, the ‘Messi.’
That’s about the sum of it. Psyonix have been hinting at a fairly substantial update for this coming month, and there have even been some controversial rumours of the addition of more micro-transactions, in the form of loot crates (filled with cosmetic goodies only, much to my relief). In any case, I am very excited to see whether this new, combat-centric game mode will sink or swim in an already frenetic game, and I’m looking forward to being reminded how thoroughly inadequate my Rocket League abilities are once again, in new, more imaginative ways.