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Rocket League’s Tournaments beta test kicked off today

Quick! Round up the team! Round up your mate's team! Round up everyone you know and lock them inside virtual cars to play football, because you only have a few days to officially prove which lot of you are the best at Rocket League. Psyonix today launched an open beta test of their sports car game's new Tournament system, which will handily handle all the…

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Rocket League’s Tournaments hit beta soon, cross-platform parties due later this year

The makers of Rocket League have laid out their update plans for the next few months and beyond, with the first big addition being a beta test of the new tournaments feature starting some time this month. The 'bad' news is that we need to wait longer for cross-platform multiplayer parties, which will let us team up with consoleers, but that's like griping about waiting…

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Feature: Update Night

Has Rocket League been improved by its updates?

Update Night is a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they've been changed for better or worse. Rocket League feels less like a game that was designed and more like something that was discovered. Like car football had always existed, floating around in the ether as a conceptual form that humans just get, and that developers Psyonix was simply the…

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Rocket League serves autumn update bounty

Autumn is here and Rocket League [official site] certainly has noticed, last night launching its big Autumn Update with new arenas for carball as well as some decent new features. We get to ball around a beautiful new farmyward sportszone, new regulation-shape versions of the Wasteland and Starbase ARC arenas, and day and snowy variants of several other maps. That's the magic of doing sports…

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Rocket League autumn update hits 28th with a farm map

An autumnal farmyard map will come to Rocket League [official site] with the next big update alongside those promised standardised versions of oddly-shaped carball pitches, developers Psyonix have confirmed. Last night they announced that the Autumn Update will launch on September 28th, and also started revealing what will follow that. They're working on an in-game tournament system, which will likely hit beta this year then…

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Rocket League switching to standard-shape arenas only

Novelty can be novel but Rocket League [official site] is falling back on the familiar. Developers Psyonix are planning to switch the carball 'em up's map rotation to only standard-shaped arenas, not any with dips or knobbly bits or other weird tricks. And like they did with NeoTokyo earlier this year, they're making standardised versions of the Wasteland and Starbase ARC irregular arenas. Psyonix say…

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Rocket League now auto-bans players using abusive words

Rocket League [official site] players will face automatic bans if they use certain words in chat under new anti-harassment rules introduced this week. Developer Psyonix has come up with a list of 20 words, including racial slurs, that players will be punished for using, and plan to expand the list in future. Under the 'Language Ban' system, each word on the list (which is secret) will…

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Feature: Still a game for everyone and anyone

Is Rocket League still welcoming to new and casual players?

Rocket League [official site]! Cars with fire shooting out their bums, playing football! The absolute best! Or... so it was in 2015. There is this trend whereby the most fresh and accessible game drifts into incomprehensible specifity and a poisonously impatient community over time. Two years on, has Rocket League escaped that curse? Or: if you are, like me, something of a casual player when…

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Rocket League adds new arena, Rick & Morty items today

Today is a notable day for Rocket League [official site]: it's the day two days before the second anniversary of its launch! What better day (other than the obvious) to launch an anniversary update? Developers Psyonix are today adding celebratory goodies including a new carball arena, new cars, and new Rick and Morty trinkets to decorate your sports car. Presumably the purpose of pre-anniversary anniversary…

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Rocket League to celebrate birthday with new map

Like a jammy dodger who books a bouncy castle for their child's birthday party, Rocket League [official site] developers Psyonix are giving plenty of notice about celebrations for their gamebaby. Rocket League turns two on July 7th, and on the 5th Psyonix plan to release a big update bringing a new arena, the start of its fifth competitive season, new engine sounds, custom goal explosions,…

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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…

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Rocket League having a free weekend, rejoice

The weekend looms. The dreaded monster of “free time” skulks in the shadows, ready to devour you and spit you out again on Monday morning. What sacrifice must we make this time to the foulspawn? Prey is coming out, but that is expensive. The Division is free until Sunday, but that is grindy. If only there was some small, wonderful, universally-adored game to throw to…

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Rocket League getting smashy with Dropshot mode

What's football without a little destruction? In its ongoing mission to become the world's most realistic football simulation, Rocket League [official site] will next week add a new mode based around smashing holes in the opponent's side of the arena. Dropshot mode will do away with traditional goals, instead having players bop the ball to smash holes in the other team's side of the arena…

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Rocket League getting flashy Hot Wheels cars in DLC

Following the recent announcement that the sports cars of Rocket League [official site] are becoming toy cars, now developers Psyonix say they're turning toy cars into Rocket League cars. Two Hot Weels cars are coming to Rocket League as paid DLC on February 21st, two souped-up sillycars which yeah, do look right at home there.

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Rocket League launching official pull-back toy cars

Now, normally I've no interest in 'merch' but hannng on! Twelve sports cars from Rocket League [official site] are being merchified as wee pull-back-and-go toy cars, which look perfect for a game of tabletop Rocket League. Get creative with a few cardboard boxes and bing bong bangily boogily, you've got yourself a great game for all the family. Add some big lumps of metal to…

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Back of the net! Rocket League has 25 million players

I've seen some big numbers in my day--I'm not boasting, but check this biggun: 8008135--and while I'm generally cool and collected in the presence of big numbers, I did mutter "flipping heck!" at the belter I've just seen in the company of Rocket League [official site]. 25 million players have carballed, developers Psyonix announced today, racking up over a billion matches between them. Those are…

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Rocket League netting Steam Workshop for levels

Smashing sportsballer Rocket League [official site] already supports custom levels in an unofficial and slightly fiddly way but will soon officially embrace them. Developers Psyonix have announced plans to add Steam Workshop support, meaning players will simple need to click a button on Steam then fire up the game to play in custom arenas. Who knows what you'll find? A pretty new sportszone, maybe, or…

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Feature: What A Save!

Have You Played… Rocket League?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I think by this point we're all aware of the apocalyptic hellscape simulator as Rocket League [official site] — y'know, the one where the fates of nations are decided by which ones can drive RC cars the best? Rocket League is really, really…

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