Counter Striker: Rocket League Gets CS:GO-esque Loot

As if I wasn’t already struggling to not waste away my evenings playing Rocket League [official site], Psyonix continues to update it’s cosmetic loot system to become even more like something you’d see out of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. I’m not even kidding, later this month an update will add even more rarities to randomly receive after competing in matches as well as a trade-in system so that you can put your useless items towards something much more fetching. Still not convinced? What about special items that track your stats. And to top it all off, they’ve even announced plans to add player-to-player trading. My guess is another six months and we’ll be reading about people making $6000 selling a rare wizard hat.

Arriving in an update later in June, Rocket League players will start finding rare and very rare items like new hats and antennas to trick out your car with. These items can be found at any time after completing a match, but like their name implies won’t be something you should expect to see too often. In addition to that, Psyonix revealed last week a new “Item Attributes” which will further distinguish the cosmetics you can add to your car. Painted items are just like regular versions you might already own but come with a new coat of paint denoted in the name of the item, and “Certified” items will track certain stats. As an example, Psyonix talked about a “Sniper Wizard Hat,” which would track how many long distance goals you’ve made while playing. When you reach a certain threshold, the hat will level up to read “Skillful Sniper Wizard Hat.”

If the uncommon or rare items you’ll earn no longer excite you, you can trade in stacks of five of them in order to earn one item of the next-higher rarity. But that might not be such a great idea, because Psyonix have also warned that player trading is planned to be implemented in a later update, meaning it might be worth holding onto your duplicates.

It’s pretty great how much Rocket League has taken off. It feels like only yesterday when I first heard the rumblings about it, but yesterday Psyonix announced they had reached a whopping 16 million players. I think it’s safe to say Rocket League is nothing short of a phenomenon.


  1. CaptainDju says:

    I enjoy Rocket League a lot and I’m sure I will enjoy trading cosmetic items and exchanging them for rarer items, however one thing I’m afraid of is the possibility that real-world money gets involved.

    Every time money is added to a game’s equation the fun of trading tends to disappear in favor of petty scam stories.

    • DuncUK says:

      So long as it remains cosmetic, I don’t care… if micro transactions are added, Psyonix will cream a small amount off every one and this income will help keep the game alive. If it keeps the updates free, more power to it.

      Plus, I like the idea of beating some rich moron 1v1 in his tricked out supercar with my shitty starting decals and propeller hat.

  2. eeguest says:

    Looks like Rocket League is going DOWN the TF2 path.

  3. Legion23 says:

    Not surprising, but now I seriously consider not starting to play this game even I have just got a key for it. Personaly I find these loot systems so tiresome: “My hat is bigger than yours.”

    • theirongiant says:

      You’d be making a terrible mistake, the loot system is easily ignored and you’d be missing out on one of the best games of last year.

    • OscarWilde1854 says:

      That’d be really idiotic. I play this game daily, and I don’t even wear a ‘hat’. One ‘Hula Girl’ Antenna for me… no decals, no hats, no crazy rims, no obscene paint… If you don’t like that stuff, just ignore and play the fantastic game. They’re purely cosmetic. It’d be like not playing an RPG because some people like to wear dresses to fight dragons instead of realistic armor… you do you, don’t worry about others wanting to dress like clowns playing RL.

    • fabulousfurrygingerfreakbrothers says:

      The game’s far too quick paced to admire hats. I still use the Delorean, simply because it was the first car I could tell which was the front and which was the back when I was falling off a wall in panic.