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Rocket League on Switch? Psyonix is ‘Evaluating’ the Demand

by Kyle Hanson


Ever since the Nintendo Switch had its true nature revealed, confirming the long running rumors that it was a home console and handheld hybrid, gamers have speculated about what games would work best on the system. We did the same thing, offering up our five biggest demands for the console. At the top of that list was a game that I’ve personally loved ever since it came out: Rocket League. Now, according to a new interview from IGN, it seems that Rocket League developer Psyonix is “evaluating” bringing it to Switch.

“Just like all the other platforms, we are evaluating it. We’re looking to see what the technical requirements are,” said Psyonix Vice President Jeremy Dunham. “We’re looking to see what kind of true community demand there is. We’re looking to see how it would benefit the community as a whole. So we’re still in that evaluation phase. It’s definitely too early to say that it wouldn’t happen, but it’s also definitely too early to say that it would.”

Rocket League initially launched as a PS4 and PC exclusive, only coming to Xbox One months later, after the game became a worldwide hit. Even after it released on all three of its current platforms, changes were still left to be made. At first only PS4 and PC players could play together, segmenting off the Xbox One community. They still haven’t been fully merged though, with Xbox One simply being given the ability to play with and against PC players as well. PS4 and Xbox One can’t link up yet, though there has been talk of it coming if the two companies can agree to it.

So having Rocket League on Nintendo Switch isn’t as simple as just putting the game out there. It requires a community to support it, filling matchmaking with enough players for good matches. There does seem to be demand for the release, but if Nintendo won’t allow cross platform play it puts a big hurdle in the road. Even if they allow it, Psyonix has to figure out how to make the whole thing work on the new platform.

Don’t expect Rocket League on Switch any time soon, but it’s still heartening that Psyonix is aware of the demand and looking into it as a possibility.

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