Psyonix, the developers of the popular soccer game (see what I did there?) Rocket League, have proven once again that they intend to keep the game driving forward with updates. July 7th marks the 2 year anniversary of the games launch back in 2015, but Psyonix has released an update early for all of us to get our hands on.
Here is the trailer released showing off the contents of the update I will be getting into below.
The first big addition to the game is a new free stadium to play matches in. In my opinion, the setting looks great. There is a giant Rocket League trophy overlooking the field, and fireworks exploding throughout the air. I will admit it looks familiar to the other stadiums in the game, but who is going to complain about a free stage to play on?
New crate items
The Overdrive Crate is a limited crate you receive after online matches which unlock customization items like animated decals, wheels, new trails, new goal explosions as well as 2 new cars. The 2 import battle cars, the Animus GP and Centio V17 will only be available through these crates and from what I have seen of the Rocket League crates, you have to buy keys to unlock crates so the cars are stuck behind a pay wall. Not even a guaranteed pay wall. That being said though, all crate items are completely cosmetic and and do not change the gameplay whatsoever.
Competitive Season 5
The latest competitive season starts today for all the hardcore Rocket League players out there. The higher you place in the competitive ladder the more trails you will unlock to customize your car with. Players receive all rewards below where they place as well.
Rocket League Radio
18 new EDM songs have been added to the game. I have never been a fan of this kind of music personally, but every new song they add fits the feel of the game. The playlist is available to stream or purchase on Spotify, Itunes, and more. A free flag and decal has also been included for fans of the incoming music. Rocket League Radio allows the player to choose from 4 playlists to play in the menus. There is also a promise for more playlists to come, and also the ability to play the songs while in a match.
New achievements and trophies
Achievement hunters have the chance to unlock 6 new achievements having their own unique requirements.
Engine audio upgrades
Finally, all engine sounds in the game have been retouched. New engine sounds have been added to old cars that did not have unique engine sounds.
So that is all of the new content within the anniversary update for Rocket League. Psyonix has said in the past they want to keep riding out the success of the game and keep adding to it and it at least appears they are living up to that promise. With the added success and recognition the game is getting from Esports and recently the X Games, don’t expect it to go away anytime soon.
If you want to read more about recent Rocket League news, you can read Will’s post here.
If you want to check up on the Anniversary Update news yourself, the Rocket League website is here.