It has been one year and two days since Rocket League took its first tentative steps into the limelight. What began as little more than a PlayStation freebie has since achieved unprecedented levels of commercial and popular success, boasting some 18 million total players and the fastest growing eSports community in quite some time.
Myself and many of my friends help comprise that 18 million and are all massive fans of the game. So to see it take off (no pun intended) quite as extraordinarily as it has is a satisfying sight indeed, particularly seeing as Rocket League has done it all in under 365 days. But enough gushing.
Thursday Psyonix celebrated the anniversary of its most successful video-game to date, and it did so in style! They posted a heart-wrenching homage to both the game and its players on their website as well as releasing Rocket League: Collector’s Edition across North America. The Collector’s Edition offers unique content as part of the package, including 4 new battle-cars (two of which are SARPBC returnees); it also includes all previous DLC, from Supersonic Fury to the Mad Max pack, as standard.
But that’s not all. The Rocket League website also allows its users to take a look at some of the most incredible statistics that the game has to offer, all accumulated over the past year; most notable for me was the astonishing 1.1 million players online per day, with a solid 40% of those players gaming on the PS4. The info-graphic and more can be found on the official website.
This one is actually me. Wow!
Rocket League has won some 100 awards, including Best Independent Game, Best Sports/Racing Game (several times over, I might add), and an Outstanding Achievement for Online Gameplay from the D.I.C.E awards in February. Having just released its latest update and free DLC, the game is set to unite the platforms of PlayStation and Xbox. The team at Psyonix is looking to reach a cross-platform agreement between the two companies; it has already successfully merged PC and console gaming, allowing inter-connectivity between the PC and PS4, becoming one of an elite group of multiplayer titles to do so.
In spite of these substantial achievements, it’s all about the fans for Psyonix. They gave their players credit in a birthday message posted on the Rocket League website: “Because of your passion and your support,” writes marketing VP Jeremy Dunham, “our relatively-small follow-up to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars has exceeded our wildest dreams and become something enormous. You have made new friends, crossed platforms into new frontiers, and inspired us in ways you’ll never know (and in other ways you’ll know very soon). You’ve made incredible saves, scored amazing goals, and you’ve changed the conversation in the world of competitive eSports forever.”
Also me. What a save!
Ranking as one of my favorite multiplayer games of all time, Rocket League has, for me, earned every drop of praise that is thrown its way, particularly given its humble beginnings. I sincerely hope that the team at Psyonix continue to deliver long into the future.