On July 7, 2015, bunleashed a game that would take the gaming world by storm, Rocket League. On that fated day it released, gamers played non-stop. Earning rewards, upgrading their crates, and finding unique strategies to score incredible goals. Fast forward 2 years later and Rocket League remains one of the biggest eSports games.
In honor of their accomplishments and Rocket League turning 2, on July 5 (next Wednesday), Psyonix will unleash the 2nd Anniversary update. The update will include a new arena, new crates, and new gear.
As part of this update, Psyonix will also unleash Adult Swim‘s Rick and Morty gear on July 5. Rick and Morty will be available as Antennas, along with ‘Cromulon,’ ‘Mr. Meeseeks,’ and ‘Mr. PBH’ Toppers, an ‘Interdimensional GB’ Rocket Boost, and some familiar-looking ‘Sanchez DC-137’ Wheels. Bonus: the ‘Cromulon’ Topper can drop as a Painted item!
These new items will come as Common drops after offline matches. For more, check out Rocket League’s blog.
Finally, Rocket League has been added to this year’s Summer X Games on July 13-16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You may be wondering how a video game got added to a predominately extreme sports event, and the answer is quite simple. First off, Rocket League fits into what the X Games are all about, crazy moves and competition. Second, and more importantly, the same team that got NBC to work on a deal to broadcast Rocket League games, Faceit, is also involved in this tournament.
A $75,000 prize pool will be on the line at the X Games Tournament, and it’ll be streamed live on ESPN 3, ESPN‘s online channel from July 14-16.
You may be surprised to learn that this isn’t the first time eSports has found a home in an environment that’s not typically eSports related. The X Games hosted Halo 5 Guardians, during their Winter event, last year and have had Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Call of Duty tournaments, in the past.
Rocket League is currently on PC, XBOX One, and Playstation 4. The Nintendo Switch version, announced at E3 2017, will arrive this December and will enact cross-play between Switch, PC, and XBOX One users. Despite Psyonix repeatedly sending requests to Sony, Sony is holding steadfast on their decision to not allow cross-play, citing “Safety Concerns”.