Rocket League’s Going A Bit Post-Apocalyptic

Rocket League [official site] is, of course, set in the brightest of utopias, when we have all transcended flesh to gambol and frolic as sentient cars. But what if it were a bad future, what if everything were all rusty and had sand and all that bad future stuff? You’ll see soon, as developers Psyonix today announced Chaos Run, a new DLC pack with grim, grimy new cards, decals, wheels, and other customisation bits. It’ll arrive this December alongside a free update adding a new footie arena for everyone, the dusty Wasteland – the game’s first ‘non-standard’ pitch. Have a look:

Wasteland’s based on a map of the same name from Psyonix’s Rocket League precursor, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars. Psyonix describe it as having “a completely-sloped perimeter, entirely different Boost placements, and a much more prominent, physically-wider pitch.” It’s all very Mad Max-y, but can’t we get beyond Thunderdome? Psyonix say on the PlayStation Blog that they’re planning many more “unusual” maps, and weirder ones too.

As for Chaos Run, it’ll cost $3.99 and Psyonix say it’ll get you these shinies:

  • 2 New Battle-Cars, Ripper and Grog
  • 12 New Decals (six for each new Battle-Car)
  • 2 New Paint Types (Camo and Sun-Damaged)
  • 2 New Wheels (Ripper and Grog)
  • 2 New Rocket Trails (Sandstorm, Nuts and Bolts)
  • 3 New Toppers (Boombox, Cow Skull, Mohawk)
  • 3 New Antennas (Bomb Pole, Radioactive, Retro Ball – Wasteland)
  • 5 New Achievements

I do like this pattern of releasing free things and mostly-cosmetic paid bits. That approach kept Killing Floor rolling in updates for yonks, and it’s (mostly) worked with Payday 2 too. Folks keep coming back to see what’s new then realise that yes, they absolutely do want a hot pink mohawk for their sportcar.

14 Comments

  1. Challenger2uk says:

    Has mad max written all over it, can’t wait to play in the thunder dome.

  2. Williz says:

    Mmm yes I’ll take the ripped thanks.

  3. Zankman says:

    So much DLC, I wish the game was Free (to Play).

    • Ksempac says:

      Oh come on…
      So far everything game changing has been free*, while the paid DLC have only be cosmetics…there is no need to buy anything beside the main game.

      *Yeah i know there are some minutes differences between cars, but it’s too shallow to make much of a difference for most people.

    • Xzi says:

      They’d be broke by now. All the DLC is super cheap and everyone still benefits whether they buy it or not. At the release price of $20, it’s actually a better deal than the F2P model.

    • minijedimaster says:

      Not sure if you play on PC or PS4, but if on PC just wait for the upcoming Steam sales. It’s only $20 full price, so I’m betting you’ll be able to pick it up with some DLC’s for about $20 during the sales. Game is worth it in my opinion.

      • Zankman says:

        As if I had such money, lol.

        • OscarWilde1854 says:

          Really… $20? You have access to the internet, so I’ll assume you aren’t homeless or something: which means you could just stop buying coffee for a week or skip a box of cigarettes or SOMETHING small you could cut out of your life for 1 week and you’d save $20. It’s an incredible price for one of my favorite games in a LONG time.

          Wait until it’s on sale and you’re laughing…

    • PseudoKnight says:

      A F2P model would be awful. DLC is a much better model. It doesn’t screw with game design quite as much, though they’re definitely pushing the limits on this one. In-game currency and stores? No thanks.

  4. caff says:

    I’ve clocked up over 80 hours on this game. This will probably be a definite purchase too, because it’s cheap and keeps the game lively.

  5. TheOneFlow says:

    Let’s see what they learned from SSARPB (is that how you abbreviate Supersonic Acrobatic Rocketpowered Battlecars?), I always felt that unconventional arenas were inferior in that game

  6. AskForBarry says:

    Rocket league made me care about cosmetics.
    Hate it or love it? Undecided.