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The Making Of Rocket League

“Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars was a moderate success but the phrases ‘niche genre’ and ‘cult classic’ don’t exactly whet the appetites of people wanting to make money,” Jared Cone tells me. The lead gameplay programmer has agreed to talk about the making of Rocket League [official site] – its physics, its multiplayer, its tremendous success – but the difficulties start before the coding began, with the 2008 release of predecessor SARBC and its middling reviews and sales.

“There wasn’t an inkling of interest coming from anybody. That’s why Rocket League, like its predecessor, is completely self-funded,” says Cone. “We would do work-fire-hire jobs to pay the bills while working on Rocket League in our free time and between contracts. It was difficult and the game had a low probability of ever releasing, but in the end it was probably for the better because we got to make the game we wanted to without having to cater to outside interests.”

Psyonix were free to chase the fun. Seven years and five million Rocket League downloads later, it looks like they caught it.

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Rocket League 1.04 Adds Arena And Spectator Mode

Rocket League [official site] is our game of the month for August. Why? Because it’s ace and it’s about to get even more so with patch 1.04 and the upcoming DLC, Supersonic Fury. The DLC is on the way later this month, but the patch is laying groundwork for it and out now. It’s pretty hefty by itself, adding much-needed features such as spectator mode along with a new arena called “Utopia Coliseum” and some apology items for the downtime many users experienced when the game launched. Downtime that happened because it’s ace. Details below.

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Rocket League’s Best Replays, Videos And GIFs

Rocket League [official site] is RPS’s Game of the Month for August, and part of the reason why is that it’s almost as fun to watch as it is to play. That’s why we wanted to highlight the best Rocket League players and plays. I’ve searched the highs and lows of the internet for skilled backflips, astonishing saves, one of a kind goals and the best of the best are below. Also featuring: some incredible full matches and the one “oh look how bad we are” video that actually managed to make me laugh.

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Rocket League Adding Weirder Fields, Talking About Mods

Rocket League [official site] is our current Game of the Month, which means we really, really like it and we think you might too, because playing ballsports with rocket-powered cars is a right lark. But what does the future hold for futuresports?

Developers Psyonix are already working on maps that are more exotic and unusual than flat fields, and seem to have plans afoot for some sort of modding or user-generated content.

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The RPS Verdict: Rocket League

Rocket League [official site] is our Game of the Month for August, so Adam, Alec and Graham gathered to kick the tyres – and steer the balls – of the surprisingly nuanced cars-wot-play-football multiplayer game.

Graham: Rocket League might be my favourite multiplayer game in years.

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Game Of The Month: August – Rocket League

Game Of The Month rises again, reborn for another 28-31 days of answering timeless questions such as, “What do I do if I don’t have time to play everything I want?” Answer: play just one thing. And “what one game should I play if I only play one thing?” Answer: for the month of August, car-to-ball multiplayer game Rocket League [official site].

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Boost: Rocket League’s Supersonic Fury DLC

Rocket League [official site] is one of the best multiplayer games I’ve ever played. Matches are quick, ricocheting between smart tactical play and chaotic panic, and the pace of the motorised football is perfectly pitched. Adding anything new to the delicate mix would risk upsetting the balance so I met the announcement of a DLC pack with some trepidation. Developers Psyonix are masterful mechanics though. The pack, which will be available next month priced at $3.99, contains new cars and customisation options, but nothing that will split the playerbase or offer paid-for advantages. Trailer and details below.

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Wot I Think: Rocket League

Cars wot play football. Rocket League [official site] is daft concept treated with incredible care. The result is one of the most beautifully balanced, tense, exciting and skill-driven multiplayer games released in recent years. It’s absolutely brilliant.

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Football With Rocketcars: Rocket League Released

Zoom zoom!

Wouldn’t football be a lot better if we could remove the diving, faking, and rolling on the ground bawling like a big stupid baby? What if we could also replace footballers’ fragile legs with wheels? Wouldn’t it be great if they were rocket-powered too? You know what, stuff football and footballers: let’s make Rocket League [official site] real.

Rocket League is football with rocket-powered cars instead of meat-powered ghosts, blasting around stadiums with gnarly stunts and ball-knocking action. I imagine it’ll be the sport of the future, but you can get a taste today as last night the video game adaptation launched on Steam.

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Premature Evaluation: Nosgoth

It’s curious how far back the idea of drinking blood to replenish youth goes, given that we are only just now beginning to understand the benefits of transfusion. Recent research on mice has shown that a transfusion of young blood into an old body can indeed stimulate stem cells and invigorate ailing neurons. But experiments with transferring blood date back centuries, based on the most dubious understandings of science and mostly with disastrous and macabre results.

Each week Marsh Davies sinks his teeth into the hot, pumping artery of Early Access and drains its sweet lifegiving essence, leaving only a ragged skein of flesh when he’s done. This week he’s played (or free-to-played) Nosgoth, a team-based multiplayer game in which heavily-armed non-consenting blood-donors clash with the fanged forces of unlife.

The general mood has been less than charitable towards this project. It’s a multiplayer spin-off of Legacy of Kain, traditionally an action RPG series, a demo of which I think I brushed past on a PC Format coverdisk once, back in the days before games had invented a way to render the male nipple. But, I’m told, it had really good storytelling for the time, and how dare anyone decide to use this important and sophisticated fiction for something so trivial as a thirdperson asymmetric multiplayer game? Yet dare they have. And it seems they’ve made quite a well-considered one, in which deft movement and exact coordination trump headshots and button mashing, and the two teams of which, vampires and humans, offer very different play but surprising parity.

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Kain In The Neck: Nosgoth Open Beta Next Week

Nosgoth, as you may remember, is “a solid-looking free-to-play multiplayer shooter set in the Legacy of Kain universe”. A closed beta has been in operation for a good while now and this time next week – that’s Wednesday the 21st, 6pm GMT if you’re reading this in the future – the dark world of Nosgoth will open its doors to everybody. I don’t have any stakes (HAHA) in the Legacy of Kain series, but Nosgoth has my attention because it has humans doing boring human things like capturing points of the map, and vampires hunting and eating them.

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Car-To-Ball: Rocket League

Take that, technosphere!

If we were to draw up a list of Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s collective interests, rocketcars and pretending we don’t understand football would both rank highly. So:

Nyooooooooom! ScreeeeeeCH! Crunkash! Those are the sounds of Rocket League, a game where teams of rocketcars chase each other around a field inside a stadium, trying to shunt a technosphere into a repository. What a horrible creation this technosphere must be, that drivers smash it with such force and fury. What terrors might be unleashed should it… hatch? Cool your jets and form an orderly line to follow me for a trailer, if you will. Krrrruntpow!

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By All Means, Watch This Hour Of Nosgoth Footage


For those of you who forgot to jack into the “What the hell is Nosgoth?” assimilation pod, here’s a text-based recap: it’s an upcoming free-to-play online shooter set in the Legacy of Kain universe, which suddenly seems like a terrifying look into gaming’s future. It’s currently in closed alpha, but they’ve peeled back the curtains just enough to allow others a glimpse into what I can only describe as a third-person online action game between people and vampires. If you’re keen, there is a whole hour of developer hosted footage to the south.
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