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3 weeks ago

Rocket League was down for ages over the weekend after issues with a server upgrade

If you couldn't get into a game of Rocket League over the weekend, you're not alone. Because of some weird technical difficulties, players were removed from the game's servers while it was put into "maintenance mode" on and off over the last few days. It couldn't have come at a more inconvenient time either, as the issues caused a bunch of official esports matches to…

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4 weeks ago

Xbox Adaptive Controller add-on lets you play Rocket League with a power wheelchair

If you use a power wheelchair in your day-to-day life, you likely use something that looks an awful lot like a gaming joystick to get around. It seems AbleGamers COO, Rocket League fan and wheelchair user Steven Spohn thought so too, and set about trying to bridge that gap. A little bit of hardware tinkering later, and the Freedom Wing Adaptor was born - a…

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1 month ago

Rocket League ending Mac and Linux support because they represent “less than 0.3%” of active players

Last week, Psyonix revealed they're going to stop supporting Rocket League on Mac and Linux, ending the ability to use any of the online functions on those platforms. They explained that it was "no longer viable" to support Mac and Linux as they continued to upgrade the game with "new technologies". This was a bit of a vague reason that naturally left a lot of…

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Rocket League is ending support for Mac and Linux in March

It's bad news if you play Rocket League on Mac or Linux - in March developer Psyonix are stopping support for the platforms, taking away online multiplayer in one final update. Players will still have access to all of the offline stuff though, so you'll still be able to play with your friends either locally or using split-screen. You just won't be able to join…

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Rocket League modders are making prop hunt, pool, and more weird and wonderful things

Football is so 12th Century. Thank God for Rocket League, which took football and transformed it into flying rocket car daftness. The onward march of human progress didn't stop there, however. Modders have since transformed Rocket League into flight combat sims, obstacle courses, and Quidditch. It's all impressive, but I'm most enamoured with the work of pro player "Lethamyr", who moonlights as a modder turning…

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Rocket League celebrates Chinese New Year with a new map next week

Videogames are always willing to pounce on excuses to sell you hats, so naturally Rocket League is celebrating the Chinese New Year. The event kicks off on Monday. There will be new rims and such, available to buy on the recently reworked and now slightly cheaper store. I'm more interested in the new Forbidden Temple Arena, which looks like a colourful escape from this dreary…

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3 months ago

Rocket League lowers prices for cosmetics following the Blueprint Update

High-octane ballsport Rocket League yesterday reduced cosmetic item prices, having started selling them at high prices with new systems replacing DLC and loot boxes in last week's Blueprint Update. Our Matt said only yesterday that "Rocket League's new Blueprints are too expensive, but still better than loot boxes" then a mere six hours later, Psyonix announced the price cuts. This is response to a solid…

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Feature: The undisputed king

Have you played… Rocket League?

I knew from my first few hours playing Rocket League that it would become my most played game on Steam. It took me nearly a thousand hours to reach the coveted top rank of Grand Champion. It remains, in my eyes, the perfect competitive multiplayer experience: easy to get into, difficult to master, and far more focused on tactical decisions and reading your opponents than…

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Rocket League’s new Blueprints are too expensive, but still better than loot boxes

Last Wednesday, Rocket League did away with loot boxes. You'd think that would be cause for celebration, but developers Psyonix have replaced them with Blueprints that many players consider overpriced. The short version is that yeah, they are, but it's more important that this replaces an exploitative model that profits from obsessional gamblers doing themselves serious harm. For the longer version, we need to descend…

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5 months ago

Stranger Things drive into Rocket League’s Haunted Hallows event today

Stranger Things might be in a post-season slump, but you wouldn't know it from looking at games. You've got your Nancy and Steve popping into Dead By Daylight, and every bookstore and board game shop in town has those themed Dungeons & Dragons (& Demagorgons) starter kits lying about. Today, it's Rocket League's turn to become haunted by the 80s, as Haunted Hallows arrive in…

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Rocket League’s Halloween event crashes into Stranger Things

After a false start on Christmas, when advent calendars appearing on supermarket shelves in September, everyone has finally remembered it's Halloween season first. Rocket League has announced its latest Halloween event, this year crossing over with Stranger Things. Haunted Hallows will bring new cosmetic doodads inspired by the Netflix show's mock-eighties world, including a pattern inspired by Hooper's groovy shirt. It'll also let us play…

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Rocket League lays out plans to banish loot boxes while French CS:GO preemptively dodges gambling regulation

It's a lively day in box news. In the one corner, we have Rocket League developers Psyonix laying out their plans to get rid of 'em. Crates will be replaced with "Blueprints" for specific cosmetics, which you can leave laying about your inventory until you forget about them or choose to cough up. In the other corner, we have Valve, changing how CS:GO loot crates…

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7 months ago

10 months ago

Rocket League studio Psyonix acquired by Epic Games

Rapidly expanding industry monolith Epic Games have snapped up Psyonix, the studio behind esports car-football phenomenon Rocket League. In an official announcement, Psyonix have declared that they're "joining the Epic family", and the game will come to the Epic Games Store. In the short term, that means very little for players, but longer-term, they may eventually stop selling the game on Steam, although they do plan…

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11 months ago

Rocket League disables locked loot boxes in Belgium and Netherlands

Carballing sport 'em up Rocket League has disabled loot boxes which require keys to open for players in Belgium and the Netherlands. If you're there, you won't be able to open 'em, and that's that. While many countries are still eyeing paid loot boxes with suspicion, forming committees and signing declarations but not taking much action, Belgium and the Netherlands are going after the types…

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1 year ago

Rocket League’s proper cross-platform parties delayed to 2019

Nothing strikes a chill through my heart like delays to long-anticipated cross-platform play systems. Sadly, that fate has befallen Rocket League - a roadmap update has revealed that the "RocketID" system won't arrive until early 2019. You can actually already play with friends who are using smaller, lesser boxes, but only in private matches. Which defeats the whole point, really. There is some good news:…

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Feature: Great games to play against friends

The 25 best multiplayer games on PC

Multiplayer games are the best type of games, because they're built around the most interesting components known to humans: humans. Men, women, and an awful lot of children. Internet strangers aren't always the friendliest bunch, but they can surprise you in ways that a static system can't. People form the living, beating hearts of the gaming moments I value the most. Join me, then, as…

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Rocket League’s ninth season brings some fun extra modes to competitive play today

There's more to pro Rocket League today than punting giant balls into goals, as Season 9 opens up four previously 'casual' playmodes for ranked competitive play. More serious players will have to add cyber-volleyball (Dropshot), rocket basketball (Hoops), motorised ice hockey (Snow Day) and power-up filled anarchy (Rumble) to their car-to-ball resume. On top of this, season 9 brings the usual slew of cosmetic goodies,…

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Rocket League adds clubs, overhauls progression and gears up for its first season pass

It's patch day for bizarro esport giant Rocket League. Teased and foretold in aeons past, today's update (the serious-sounding version 1.50) completely overhauls levelling and progression and adds a clubs system so like-minded car-to-ball aficionados can drive under a shared banner. This update also paves the way for the game's first seasonal Rocket Pass, which rolls out next week. While this update introduces no new…

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