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New Heatseeker LTM announced for Rocket League – release date & details

Published: 10/Apr/2020 11:29

by Connor Bennett

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Psyonix have announced that Rocket League will be getting an all-new limited-time mode called Heatseeker, and here’s everything you need to know about it. 

Rocket League may have released back in 2015, but the highly entertaining car football game is still going strong to this day – with Psyonix dropping a tonne of new content on a regular basis. 

The developers have done plenty of crossovers for cosmetics with pop culture icons like The Fast and Furious, Harry Potter, and even the WWE, but they’ve also dropped new modes from time to time. These have put a spin on the typical ‘Soccar’ mode – with Snow Day using a puck instead of a ball and Hoops playing like Basketball, not Soccer. Though, there is a new LTM coming to town. 

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Rocket League balances entertainment with action pretty well.

Psyonix announced that they will be releasing Heatseeker on Thursday, April 16 – and it sounds like it is going to be a blazing-fast mode. In Heatseeker, once a player touches the ball, it will immediately aim directly for the opposing goal – no matter where you end up hitting it from. If it is deflected back, it will change course and head directly for your goal.

 Yet, each time a player hits the ball – or if someone manages to hit it off the backboard – the ball will gather pace and ping around the map.

There is no time limit in Heatseeker, however, as it is just the first team to score seven goals wins. So, if you blink, you might end up finding yourself headed back to the pre-game lobby and searching for another match. 

Rocket League Heatseeker LTM release and end date

As already noted, Heatseeker will be a limited-time mode that is only available for a few days before it exits Rocket League. 

The mode will go live on Thursday, April 16 at 9 am PDT/12 pm EDT/5 pm BST and 6 pm CEST. It will stay in Rocket League until Monday, April 20 where it will then depart the game at the same times. 

Just jumping into Rocket League while Heatseeker is live will also mean that you unlock a special Hypnoteks Player Banner that you can add to your collection of cosmetics. 

You’ll also earn the same amount of XP in Heatseeker as a normal match so you’re not missing out on leveling up if you choose to dedicate your time to the LTM while it is live.

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Psyonix responds to Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenge concerns

Published: 12/Nov/2020 0:42

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Rocket League Season 1 is underway, but many players felt like Tournament Challenges were too difficult. Fortunately, Psyonix responded quickly and made them easier.

Rocket League has developed in leaps and bounds since it’s release back in 2015. The player-base has increased exponentially since the game became free-to-play, and the competitive scene is alive and well.

Rocket League’s fun and unique gameplay are what draws players in. However, Psyonix has always been pro-active and implemented player feedback into the game, which keeps them coming back.

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
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It’s hard to find a game that mixes genres as well as Rocket League.

Still, that process has to start somewhere, and it often happens when enough players voice their opinions on social media. In recent weeks, Psyonix has been rocked with a wave of concerns about two Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges. 

The first one is the Stage 2 Challenge ‘Make It To The Quarter Finals In 4 Psyonix Scheduled Tournaments’. The consensus was that this was too difficult, at least for most casual players.

“Can we talk about the Season Challenges Stage 2 task which requires us to make it to Quarter Finals 4 times?” wrote one player. “I think it’s not okay to tie this to performance and making it to quarterfinals.” 

“This ruins the fun for me, and since it’s a free challenge, we NEED to perform it,” he added. It was one of several threads on the issue. However, it was upvoted more than 150 times and sparked a discussion with 100 comments.

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
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Rocket League tournaments are arguably the game’s most intense mode.

The second one is the Stage 3 Challenge ‘Get 200 Assists in Online Matches.’ Again, players felt like this was too difficult to achieve. But this time, it was more about how long it took to do.

“I don’t think it’s possible for me to get 200 assists,” said one player, who called for a petition to remove it. “It took me half the season to get 40. I’m sure [there are] people also in the same boat. I guess I just think it’s [a] ridiculous number to hit in half a season.”

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
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Assists in Rocket League are almost as important as goals.

Fortunately, Psyonix heard and have already responded. “After seeing your feedback over the last few weeks about some of the Season 1 Challenges, we’ve decided to make two changes,” they said.

The first challenge has now been changed to ‘Play in 4 Psyonix Scheduled Tournaments.’ This means players only need to compete in four tournaments rather than make four quarter-finals.

The second challenge has also been changed to ‘Get 50 Assists in Online Matches.’ That means the number of assists has been decreased from 200 down to 50, which takes a quarter of the time to do.

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
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Psyonix have already made two of the Rocket League Season 1 Challenges easier.

“These changes are live now,” they said. “If you don’t see them live in your game just yet, please restart and they should appear as intended.”

Rocket League players are thrilled with the changes. But perhaps more importantly, they’re content knowing that Psyonix always seems to have their back in the end, although it can take a bit of time.