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Rocket League Anniversary Update Now Live

by Mark McLean

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The Anniversary Update for Rocket League is now live across all platforms.

In addition to the previously detailed Rick and Morty customization items (available as drops after all matches) the update includes 2 new cars – the Animus GP and the Centio V17 (only found in new Overdrive crates), and a new free standard arena for use in competitive and online playlists as well as private matches, ‘Champions Field’ features triple-deck seating and ‘enough stadium lighting to make your match visible from outer space!’

Goal explosions, engine audio and trails have been added as Car Customization categories, Car Preset slots have been raised from 10 to 50, and the ‘Champions’ crate series has been retired, replaced by the new ‘Overdrive’ crates, along with a handful of new achievements and quality-of-life improvements which can be seen in the patch notes. Overdrive crates are available as limited drops after online matches.

The update also sees the end of competitive Season 4 and the start of Season 5, the big difference this time being that Skill Ratings will carry over from Season 4 to Season 5. Developer Psyonix plans for Season 5 to last 3 to 4 months.

Rocket League celebrates its 2nd birthday on July 7th 2017, still going strong after finding overnight success as a PS Plus giveaway, mainly thanks to its unique blend of football/soccer and driving gameplay, tight controls, and active community. Regular updates of both paid and free dlc have included hockey and basketball themed arenas, with pucks and hoops adding to the mayhem. Popularity has seen the game ported to all major platforms, with a Switch version slated for release in Winter 2017.

As the sequel to 2008/9’s Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, Rocket League has made notable inroads to the E-Sports scene due to the highly watchable nature of the gameplay and seemingly limitless skill level of top players. The game is currently pioneering cross-platform multiplayer, with only Sony still on the sidelines.

Happy Birthday Rocket League!

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