Rocket League is set to make its first foray into the mobile gaming market by announcing ‘Sideswipe’, a standalone mobile game launching in 2021.
While Rocket League has been extremely popular on consoles, PC, and the Nintendo Switch, Psyonix will be releasing the game for iOS and Android later in 2021.
“We’re hard at work on this free mobile game for iOS and Android that takes the core, competitive gameplay of Rocket League and reimagines it for a mobile device,” Psyonix announced on March 24.
“In Rocket League Sideswipe, players compete from a new perspective on the field in 1v1 or 2v2 matches. Games will be fast-paced, 2-minute matches that you can play with friends near or far thanks to online play. “
While top Rocket League players can take advantage of the precision a controller offers, Psyonix assures fans that Sideswipe will “feature mobile controls that are easy to pick up whether you’re a master of Rocket League or a new player still learning your way around the field.”
And for those players who are advanced at Rocket League and enjoy grinding competitive, “There are advanced mechanics, just like Rocket League.” They also confirmed car customization and a Ranked system for competitive play.
Early footage and screenshots of Sideswipe reveal it’s quite different from standard Rocket League, as it’s played side-on to suit the game’s swiping control system.
As Sideswipe is a standalone game, it’s unlikely that progress will carry over from players’ main Epic Games accounts. This will likely have its own Rocket Pass, tournaments, and mechanics that sets it apart from the main game.
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Players in Australia and New Zealand will be able to join a limited-time Regional Alpha test on Android, but Psyonix will reveal more information about betas in other regions in the coming months.
Developers will be releasing more information on the new handheld version of Rocket League, so we’ll be sure to share all developments with you.
Image Credit: Psyonix
Rocket League Birthday Ball: Challenges, rewards, Golden Eggs
Rocket League is celebrating it’s seventh anniversary! Complete challenges and earn rewards with the new Birthday Ball event.
Rocket League is turning seven! Celebrate soccar with Psyonix with special challenges, birthday ball modes, and the arrival of Golden Eggs as part of the Rocket League Birthday Ball.
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been driving rocket-powered cars at massive soccer balls for almost a decade. Easy to pick up but difficult to master, Rocket League has become a firm favorite with gamers around the world.
With the game’s seventh anniversary just around the corner, developer Psyonix has announced the Rocket League Birthday Ball, a special two-week event with the return of fan-favorite modes, new challenges, and more.
- When is the Rocket League Birthday Ball event?
- Birthday Ball challenges & rewards
- Fan-favorite modes return & Seventh Anniversary Cosmetics
- Golden Eggs
When is the Rocket League Birthday Ball event?
Rocket League’s Birthday Ball kicks off on Wednesday, July 6, and is scheduled to run until Wednesday, July 20.
The event starts a day before the game’s birthday as Thursday, July 7, actually marks the seventh anniversary of Rocket League’s release.
Rocket League Birthday Ball challenges & rewards
Psyonix says that the game’s seventh anniversary “isn’t just about [them],” and wants to celebrate “the players and community who helped grow Rocket League.”
With that in mind, the developers are adding a set of Birthday Ball Challenges, where players can earn a Golden Goat Player Banner, a Precious Metal Avatar Border, an Import Item Drop, and 20,000 XP.
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On top of those sweet treats, anyone who completes all of the Birthday Ball challenges will also get 300 Credits as a thank you. The challenges haven’t been revealed just yet, so we don’t know how hard they will be. Still, with rewards like these, it’s worth giving them a go.
Fan-favorite modes return & Seventh Anniversary Cosmetics
Psyonix will be bringing back two fan-favorite modes to help fans celebrate the big birthday. For Week One, 2v2 Heatseeker is back, a mode that gives the ball homing abilities that make it gravitate towards your opponent’s goal.
In Week Two, Knockout is back, allowing players to send players flying out of the arena with the unique Attack, Block, and Grab mechanics.
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On top of all that, Psyonic will also be adding some special cosmetics to the Item Shop too, with the Titanium White Fennec, Fancy Formal Fennec decal, Spyder: Anniversary Edition Wheels, and Top Hat: Anniversary Edition topper all available to purchase.
Throughout the two weeks of Birthday Ball, players will be able to earn Golden Eggs, which can be used to unlock items from Champions Series 1-4.
Golden Eggs are just like other Golden rewards, which can be earned by completing challenges five times.
Completing the Birthday Ball challenges will require plenty of car-ball action, so give yourself an advantage over your opponents with the best Rocket League camera settings.
Image Credits: Psyonix
Is Rocket League free? PC, Xbox & PlayStation
Rocket League players are currently enjoying 2022’s Season 6 content but new players might be wondering if Rocket League is free?
Rocket League’s popularity continues to grow, but as the cross-platform vehicular soccer game brings in new players, some may be wondering: is Rocket League free?
Rocket League is an award-winning Sports game with a massive player base that continues to grow in 2022. In Rocket League, players use rocket-powered vehicles to hit a ball into their opponents’ net, similar to soccer.
The cross-platform game is currently in its sixth season and the devs continue to support the popular game through major content updates. If you’ve missed the previous seasons but wish to get in on the action you’ll want to know if Rocket League is free.
Is Rocket League free?
Rocket League is free to play for users on all platforms. Interestingly enough, the game did not release as a free download for players in 2015. That all changed in 2020 when the game transitioned into a free title.
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Those who purchased Rocket League prior to the switch received Legacy status and a gift of free exclusive cosmetics. For PC players, the new free version of the game moved from Steam to the Epic Games Store, where you can find it today.
In addition, not only is the game free but PlayStation, Nintendo, and Xbox console owners can play Rocket League for free without a subscription to PlayStation Plus, Nintendo Switch Online, or Xbox Game Pass.
How to download Rocket League
Downloading Rocket League for free on your platform of choice is an easy task. You just need to follow these easy steps and you’ll be rocketing around in no time.
- Visit your platform’s game store: PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo
- Sign in or make an account if you don’t already have one
- Search for Rocket League
- Download the game
- Launch Rocket League
As previously mentioned, you don’t need a subscription to your platform’s online service to play the game. In that way, Rocket League is similar to Fortnite, and given that they’re two extremely popular games available in 2022, the free-to-play model seems like a great thing for gamers.
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Image Credit: Psyonix
Best camera settings for Rocket League
Here are the best camera settings you can use in Rocket League, allowing you to see more of the pitch and have better control over the ball.
Having the best camera settings makes a huge difference to your Rocket League gameplay, so here are the best settings for movement, ball control, and spatial awareness.
Rocket League is one of the biggest free-to-play games out there, with millions of players logging in every day. Cross-play is enabled so there will be tough competition, and you’ll need the best settings to succeed.
Rocket League offers players a ton of customization, but this can be a double-edged sword. Having the wrong settings can make the game unnecessarily difficult, so we’ve got the best Rocket League camera settings based on what the pros use and what works best for us.
Best Rocket League camera settings
- Camera Shake: Off
- Field of View: 110
- Distance: 270
- Height: 110
- Angle: -3.0
- Stiffness: 0.45
- Swivel Speed: 5.0
- Transition Speed: 1.2
- Invert Swivel: Off (personal preference)
- Ball Camera Mode: Toggle
First thing’s first, you should turn Camera Shake off in Rocket League. This is an unnecessary visual effect that will only be a distraction, so turning it off will make your game as smooth as possible. Plus, make sure you scroll along to the ‘Controls’ tab and ensure Ball Camera Mode is set to Toggle.
Next, you should try turning your Field of View all the way up to 110. This will allow you to see much more of what’s around you, allowing you to keep an eye on both the ball and where the other players are positioned.
The same goes for Distance and Height, setting them to 270 and 110 respectively will allow you to see both your car and the field, offering much more control over the game. And most pros use a Camera Angle somewhere between -3.0 and -5.0, so we recommend starting at -3 and experimenting from there.
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Camera Stiffness, Swivel Speed, and Transition Speed are all down to personal preference and won’t have a huge bearing on your gameplay. We recommend putting Stiffness in anywhere from the 0.4 to 0.6 region, Swivel Speed at 5.0, and Transition Speed at 1.2.
Finally, Invert Swivel is completely down to what you’re used to — it will only change the way you move your right stick to move the camera up and down.
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Image Credit: Epic Games / Psyonix
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