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Rocket League free-to-play launch to include seasons, new ranks, & more

Published: 2/Sep/2020 23:31 Updated: 15/Sep/2020 4:06

by Alan Bernal

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Psyonix outlined how Rocket League will look after its free-to-play update, including a peek at the “streamlined seasons,” as well as changes to competitive ranks, and plenty of features to welcome new players.

The studio is getting ready to convert its popular ‘soc-car’ game into a widely accessible model that will make it free for anyone to download. To reign in the new era of Rocket League, there’s going to be a fair few changes to how the game operates.

While the classic gameplay will remain intact, systems like the Rocket Pass, Competitive Seasons and the upcoming Tournaments will all happen at the same time and, more importantly, end all at once.

When will Rocket League be free to play?

Rocket League’s free-to-play is reportedly just around the corner. Psyonix initially said it could come from late-September to early-October, and they’re sticking true to that.

According to a leaked store listing by Nintendo, Rocket League will be going free-to-play from September 23. Owners of the game will get a host of swag, while new players will be able to pick it up without paying a dime.

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Rocket League will be available exclusively on the Epic Games Store for PC players after the update.

Updated streamlined seasons

“We’re streamlining the seasonal schedule,” Psyonix said. “Competitive Seasons, Competitive Tournaments, and Rocket Pass will all follow the same schedule. It all starts when Rocket League goes free to play and Season 1 begins.”

This means that fresh players or longtime veterans will all have clear indications for when the current season will end: “With uniform start and end dates, we hope it’s easier to track how long you have to complete your challenges and hit your dream Rank!”

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The seasons in Rocket League are going to run in tandem with tourneys, the Rocket Pass, and Ranked.

New Rocket League Ranks

The highest echelon of competitive Rocket League players will now have a new rank to fight over with the introduction of Grand Champion 1-3 as well as the ultimate rating of Supersonic Legend. Grand Champion was the previous top mark in rank but is now going to have its own subsections before someone can rank up to Supersonic.

Meanwhile, Psyonix will ‘soft reset’ every other rank to account for the new players that will inevitably come after Rocket League goes free-to-play. This will cause a “shift” in ranks so that “current Bronze players complete their placement matches, they may be placed in a higher rank since they’ll be better than new players who are just starting out.”

For those new players, Psyonix will require accounts to be at Level 10 in order to unlock the Ranked Playlists.

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New competitive ranks include Grand Champion sub-ranks and the ultimate mark called Supersonic Legend.

New Player Experience

For people looking to experience Rocket League for the first time, the developers are going to bring in an entirely new tutorial. Ingrained players should be able to skip it without a problem, but it could be a great way to catch-up on different elements of the HUD and the button layout.

After that, new competitors can complete the New Driver Challenges to unlock items that were previously found in the base version of the game and are no longer readily available.

Other things to know

  • PlayStation Plus on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch Online will no longer be required for online play on those platforms.
  • Rocket ID Will Become Epic Friends
    • When the update goes live, your Rocket ID friends list will become the Epic Friends list. Friends you had through Rocket ID will transfer to Epic Friends, and any friends you currently have through your Epic Games Account will be visible in Rocket League.
  • New Quick Chats Incoming!
    • Faking.
    • Bumping!
    • On your left.
    • On your right.
    • Passing!
  • Default settings are changing for incoming players. Voice Chat will be disabled by default, and L2 (PS4), LT (Xbox), ZL (Switch) will default to Air Roll.
  • Heatseeker will be playable in private matches
  • New bot difficulty under Rookie
  • Merc is getting a new, unique hitbox, for a total of six hitbox types
  • Rocket League X Monstercat remixes of fan favorite songs will be added celebrating the music’s legacy throughout the years
  • Solo Standard Playlist will be removed following Competitive Season 14

With Rocket League set to be available for free for the first time ever, Psyonix is preparing for the inevitable influx of new players that will usher in a new era for their popular game.

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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.”

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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.