Simplified Neo Tokyo E.X.P.L.O.D.E.S. into Rocket League

Splendid sports ’em up Rocket League [official site] has launched a new version of its Neo Tokyo sportsdome, with the same cyberpunk city backdrop but a standard pitch layout. Neo Tokyo hit Rocket League in June 2016 but its non-typical layout with elevated sides (and therefore non-typical play) irked some players, so developers Psyonix pulled it from the competitive playlist in March 2017. The new regular Neo Tokyo is now in all playlists, while the old version will still be playable in private and offline matches under its new name of Tokyo Underpass.

“Your feedback has been heard!” Psyonix said. “‘Neo Tokyo’ is back, and we’ve redesigned it as a Standard Arena. We left the scenery untouched to maintain that futuristic metropolis look, while removing the parallel ramps on either side of the goals.”

Players have evidently proved more conservative than Psyonix expected. Rocket League having only a few non-standard arenas can make them seem novelties which interrupt ‘proper’ play, popping up in playlists when you just want some carball and not rampcarball. It’s interesting how Psyonix and players (the more vocal ones, anyway) apparently have different ideas of where ‘Rocket League-ness’ lies and of how strict it is. No jumpers for goalposts here. Psyonix’s precursor to Rocket League, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, had different arena shapes from the start but here variety has arrived only after the game took off – a change rather than the norm.

I wonder if other irregular arenas will get worked over too.

Tokyo Underpass/old Neo Tokyo has replaced Underpass, the test map it started life as. Underpass is now gone from the Rocket Labs rotation.

Rocket League v1.34 went live this morning; you can read the full patch notes over here. The update also adds a new car, the Mantis, which looks a bit Batmobile-y (and has the same stats as the Batmobile) but is a lot more colourful. The Mantis is only available in item crates, mind.

12 Comments

  1. PixelsAtDawn says:

    I actually liked the Neo Tokyo layout, it added some variety to the game. Wasteland, however – I would be happy to never play that map ever again. The funnel-like construction of the pitch leads to the ball heading towards to goal with no actual skill applied on the part of the player half the time. Frustrating!

    • TechnoJellyfish says:

      Agreed! Out of all the non-standard maps, I felt that original NT was the only one that added to the game, requiring a different skillset and actually opening up interesting scoring possibilities. Still glad they’re bringing it back in some form (I love the visuals), but I still would’ve preferred it if they got rid of Wasteland and Starbase instead.

    • Ham Solo says:

      Which is why skill needs to be applied to strengthen the defense on that map. The shots on the old neo tokyo map were simply unpredictable, nothing else. But old version of the map is still in the game, if you enjoyed it that much…

  2. YogSo says:

    That vintage Akira poster tagline, though. :-)

  3. vinlewt says:

    I have long been meaning to ask why RPS never reports on the RLCS?

    On a side note – Noooooo, I missed Neo Tokyo and to know that it is never coming back in it’s former glory (probs) is sad news. If that’s how they’re going to do things they should give Starbase Arc the heave ho too (primarily because I hate it).

  4. Agnosticus says:

    Why Neo Tokyo?! The map was great!

    Starbase ARC on the other hand is utter bullshit, visually and conceptually…

  5. JimboDeany says:

    I liked Neo Tokyo, made for a very different game but still fun and skill based. The new hexagon pitch can do one though…

    Edit: we all seem to be on the same page here…. :)

  6. caff says:

    As a purist, I hate both the old irregularly shaped neotokyo and Starbase ARC. :)

    • lanelor says:

      True, in ranked I want to be able to predict the ball movement. In addition, seeing the ball clearly is very important, more important than some graphical nicies.

      • Siimon says:

        100% agree. In ranked I want to know what to expect, and being able to see the ball is key.

  7. DWRoelands says:

    This is the best Rocket League. Neo Tokyo is an interesting novelty but it has no place in the ranked playlists. So happy it’s gone.