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Rocket League's Going A Bit Post-Apocalyptic

Two cars enter, one car leaves!

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:

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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.

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Alice has been playing video games since SkiFree and writing about them since 2009, with nine years at RPS. She enjoys immersive sims, roguelikelikes, chunky revolvers, weird little spooky indies, mods, walking simulators, and finding joy in details. Alice lives, swims, and cycles in Scotland.