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Stranger Things set to take over Rocket League with new collaboration

Published: 10/Oct/2019 4:47 Updated: 10/Oct/2019 5:21

by Brad Norton

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The world of Rocket League is quite literally being flipped on its head and sent to the Upside Down after a teaser trailer revealed a Stranger Things collaboration is coming soon.

The Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things series premiered on Netflix in 2016, and quickly blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon. Now, the 80’s inspired sci-fi show is set to leave its mark on Psyonix’s bumper-cars title Rocket League.

Psyonix revealed the upcoming event in an October 9 video, as the Stranger Things Universe mixes with Rocket League for this iteration of the annual Haunted Hallows update. 

Set to go live on October 14, the new patch brings an assortment of unique series-themed rewards, from player banners to vehicle toppers, all eerily inspired by the show.

Psyonix - Rocket LeagueA brand new player banner coming with the Stranger Things themed update.

Starting innocently enough, the promotional video quickly goes awry and transitions into the ominous realm of The Upside Down to showcase the new visual style that will soon take over.

Hinting at a limited-time playable arena in the setting, the Rocket League website elaborated that while players may visit this new locale, everyone ought to “watch out for the Mind Flayer.”

Additionally, on top of the plethora of Stranger Things inspired items coming to Rocket League with the future update, Golden Pumpkins will also be made available.

Golden Pumpkins contain items from the Accelerator, Velocity, and Triumph Crates that can currently be acquired at leisure in the title.

Psyonix - Rocket LeagueOne of the new vehicle decals coming to Rocket League

The Stranger Things crossover isn’t the first time Rocket League has dived into pop-culture either. Back to the Future’s DeLorean is already available in game, as are other iconic vehicles like K.I.T.T. from Nightrider.

The Netflix series coming to games has happened once before as well — recently Fortnite celebrated a crossover with the horror show, suggesting Netflix may be pushing more of their exclusive titles into the biggest video games in the scene.

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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.

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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.

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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.