Rocket League’s birthday party kicks off on special pitch

Thrilling futuresport Rocket League celebrated its third birthday on Saturday and, presumably having been held up by the football, today kicked off the birthday party. Guests will get to play carball on a new pitch inspired by Rocket League’s big sister, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, and can come home with shiny party favours including party hats and cakes to sit atop their sportscars. The event’s arena is a special one, in one of those ‘non-standard’ shapes that developers Psyonix stopped making and even with its own slightly different ballphysics. Goals on!

Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars turns ten in October, so Psyonix are comboing the two in one big birthday bash with the ‘Throwback’ arena. It’s shaped more like an ice hockey arena, with a little extra space behind the goals, in that SARPBC way. And, Psyonix warn, “Throwback will also feature SARPBC-style ball weight, so expect the ball on Throwback – and only Throwback – to act a little ‘lighter’ than normal.” In a similar spirit, I propose the World Cup use progressively lighter balls as it progresses through rounds until we reach the final with a giant inflatable beach ball. Show us some real magic.


60-odd new SARPBC-themed cosmetic items are available through trading in ‘Balloons’ earned by playing matches online. Balloons can also be swapped for Golden Eggs, “a new type of Anniversary surprise” containing items from retired Champions Series loot boxes.

The Anniversary Event is due to start at 6pm today (10am Pacific – either way, it should be right about nnnnow) then end at 1am on July 24th (5pm Pacific on the 23rd). Balloons will instantly vanished (pop?) as the event ends, without the usual one-week trade-in “grace period” you might expect after other events. Look, no one wants people hanging around after a party’s end – go hard for the next fortnight then promptly shove off home.


  1. davrieb says:

    Yeah, the balloon thing ultimately feels like just another annoyance designed to promote lootboxes. As far as I’m concerned they pretty much ruined their birthday party that way.

    – Hey here’s a present for you.
    – Thanks, but why is there a padlock on it?

    • Shmian says:

      That’s the weirdness of battle passes writ small, isn’t it? In this case, I think it’s alright, as the new map itself (that is, the most significant gameplay element) is free, and it’s not as if regular players won’t earn the balloons with regular play anyway.

  2. Iain_1986 says:

    You open them for free….there’s no “key” required, you just grind the currency which you get for playing anyway. So its jsut some random drops after X amount of time played….

    Complaining about free content rewarded for playing the game….

    EDIT – This was of course meant to be a reply to user davrieb….

    • davrieb says:

      I should have updated after I found out you wouldn’t need keys.

      So, the only thing to complain about now is that it forced me to disable the option to hide lootboxes to open the eggs. Still I feel so positive about the option even being there, that’s hardly a complaint really.

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