Earlier this year, developer Psyonix’s Rocket League made quite the impression when it debuted on Windows PC. It goes something like this: You – along with fellow players spread across two teams – control speedy, rocket-powered cars, and you’re competing to slam a ball into a net to score points and win the game. Yes, Rocket League is a crazy, physics-based soccer game where the players are cars. And the cars can wear hats. It’s pretty awesome. And in February 2016, it’s coming to Xbox One!
What’s more: The Xbox One version of Rocket League comes with all kinds of goodies. The games’ three content packs – Supersonic Fury, Revenge of the Battle-Cars, and Chaos Run – come bundled with the game, and those titles should paint a pretty good picture of what you’re in for. All told, you’ll be getting six extra Battle-Cars and more than 50 garage customization items, as well as access to the Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine DLC that’s for sale on launch day.
Coolest of all, you also get two Xbox One-exclusive Battle-Cars, the Halo “HogSticker,” an alternate version of the famous Warthog Force Application Vehicle, and the Gears of War “Armadillo,” an Armored Personnel Carrier. Both add exciting elements to the Rocket League you know and love.
“We love those games, and wanted to give Xbox users something special for patiently waiting for Rocket League to come to their system,” said Jeremy Dunham, Vice President at Psyonix. “We also have a rather strong tie to Gears of War in particular, as the team here at Psyonix developed the ‘Burnt Rubber’ stage for the original Xbox 360 version of Gears of War all those years ago. It was great to be able to go back to our roots and pay homage to one of the games that got us started. As for Halo, we’re just big, big fans – and we’d be crazy to NOT want to do a version of the Warthog for our game. And that’s how the HogSticker was born. It’s called the HogSticker, by the way, because it’s a modified Warthog with Needlers strapped to the back, as its primary propulsion devices. It’s pretty damned cool!”
And you can also expect lots of updates to the game. Rocket League has received 10 major updates since its original launch earlier this year, and Psyonix plans on aggressively supporting the Xbox One version, with free downloadable arenas and more DLC packs.
Dunham even shared some secrets for success in Rocket League. “The best tip, really, is to practice. Rocket League is a skill-based game, so your success and failure is dependent on what you can or can’t do as a player. We don’t have statistical attributes for cars (just hit box and turning radius differences), there isn’t one boost that’s better than another, and there’s no power-up or other advantage-giving item to speak of. It’s just you versus your opponent. The key for us was to make sure that the game was fun no matter what. If you enjoy Rocket League, win or lose, then we’ve succeeded in our mission to bring you pure, competitive entertainment.”
Rocket League was one of the biggest surprises of 2015, and we’re excited to finally get our hands on the Xbox One version. Check out the new trailer above, which debuted at this week’s Video Game Awards – and prepare to go wild in the Armadillo and Warthog, come 2016!