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Rocket League sets huge new player records on PC, Xbox One and PS4

Published: 26/Mar/2020 3:46 Updated: 26/Mar/2020 3:47

by Isaac McIntyre

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Rocket League has set a new record for concurrent players across Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, with more than 550,000 drivers loading into Psyonix’s rocket-powered bumper title on March 25 to set a new high-count.

Psyonix’s vehicular soccer game first released in July 2015. Since then, the title has enjoyed a moderate level of popularity, while never hitting the peaks of other major gaming rivals like Fortnite, FIFA, or League of Legends.

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That is, until now. With more and more people turning to gaming as the virus crisis continues around the world, titles like CSGO and LoL have been hitting brand-new heights. Now, RL has joined the record-breaking ranks.

Rocket League has never struggled for player interest. A year after launch, Pysonix’s release boasted around 30,000 average users. Since then, the football-cross-car title has only twice dipped below that high-water mark.

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By March 25, however, the game had experienced around 1500% growth from the norm. Over 550k players ⁠— 551,072 to be exact, according to API stats website Tracker Network ⁠— were logged into the title across all platforms at one time.

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Rocket League has blasted to a new player record as its Neo Tokyo-themed season begins.

This doesn’t, of course, mean all 550k drivers were actually cruising around one of RL’s many playlists. Some may have been idling in the menus, tweaking their cars, or getting a first look at Rocket Pass 6’s various rewards.

The majority of drivers were, of course, loaded into the title’s main three-v-three game mode. Around 170,000 had queued up for unranked gameplay. 54k others loaded 3v3 ranked lobbies, and 87k could be found in doubles ranked.

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It’s a major cause for celebration too, especially when you consider Rocket League is rapidly approaching its fifth birthday. Plenty of games don’t boast that kind of staying power, and the Psyonix devs were quick to appreciate the milestone.

“We almost got to 500k across platforms!” Corey Davis, senior vice president of Pysonix’s RL development, said on Twitter. His celebrations came after a post from Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau pointed out the game’s 120,00 concurrents on Steam.

Rocket League doesn’t look like it’s slowing down either, whether or not the 550,000 players currently battling it out across Beckwith Park, Salty Shores, and Champions Field stick with it in a more long term capacity or not.

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Psyonix just launched Season 14, and unveiled the Neo Tokyo-themed Rocket Pass 6. There were also big changes to blueprints, as well as the long-awaited Ignition Series ⁠— wherever you look, Rocket League is scoring goals.

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How to get Fortnite’s free Rocket League cosmetics

Published: 27/Sep/2020 16:34

by Daniel Cleary

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Fortnite has teamed up with Rocket League for a massive ‘Llama-Rama’ crossover event and players can earn some brand new cosmetics for the battle royale title. Here’s everything you’ll need to know.

Epic Games announced that the Llama-Rama event would be crossing over with Fortnite on September 26, in celebration of Rocket League becoming a free-to-play title.

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Along with the new event, it was revealed this highly-anticipated crossover would allow players to pick up exclusive rewards for both titles by completing some in-game challenges.

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Fortnite players can unlock Rocket League themed cosmetic items – but there’s a twist!

Many Fortnite players will be looking to claim these new cosmetic items, however, the tasks needed to unlock them can only be completed in Rocket League.

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The Rocket League challenges, which have already been revealed, are fairly straightforward, with one task simply requiring you to “play an online match” to earn a Fortnite reward.

Here’s what you’ll need to do to earn each of these Rocket League rewards.

How to claim Rocket League rewards in Fortnite

  1. Download Rocket League for free, if you don’t have it already.
  2. You’ll then need to load up the game and complete each of the Rocket League tasks, which can be found below.
  3. After completing the challenges, you’ll simply need to log into Fortnite.
  4. From there, you should be able to find the Rocket League-themed items in your Locker.

As your Epic Games account is connected to both Rocket League and Fortnite, it will register the challenges automatically, meaning you won’t have to manually claim the items after each task.

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How to complete Rocket League’s Fortnite challenges

  • Play an online match in any playlist.
  • Win one online match in casual with the Llama Antenna.
  • Get 5 goals, saves, or assists with the Llama Topper.
  • Win 5 online matches in any playlist with the Llama Decal.
  • Get MVP in any online match with the Llama Wheels.

Once you finish each of these challenges, you should have access to all the new cosmetics in Fortnite, which include a new Contrail, Backbling, Emote, and more.

Although these items can only be unlocked in Rocket League, Fortnite is also celebrating its third birthday and players can earn even more rewards from the Birthday Bash challenges.