Let the Summer Games Begin!
Psyonix announced their Rocket League Roadmap for Summer 2018 today, and there’s a lot of good news for fans of the cult hit!
The first batch of content, slated for late May, includes a brand new arena, new in game music, Competitive Season 8, “and more!” June will see a new Summer themed in-game event, licensed DLC, and the RLCS Season 5 World Championship on Twitch, which the developer advises tuning in to for some sweet fan rewards. July includes Rocket League’s annual Anniversary in-game celebrations complete with “special throwback content.” Psyonix promises more details closer to the date of the event.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
A feature update for late summer is set to include a revamping of the progression system, called “Progression 2.0,” which is likely for the purpose of serving the new “Rocket Pass” system (more on that in a moment). The level cap of 75 will be no more, and the entire leveling system will be rebalanced, with levels now requiring a fixed amount of XP (a la Overwatch post-level 20) to earn as opposed to becoming longer as you level up. Players will be converted to “a new level appropriate for how much you’ve played Rocket League in your career.” Each level will grant an item of varying rarity, instead of being randomly timed as they are now. After level 100, players can earn new titles and banners. Along with these updates, XP will now be online only, and based on time played in matches in addition to your score. Other XP related mechanics to be added include match completion, consecutive game, and party bonuses.
Naturally, a tier based “Rocket Pass” is also being added to the game in late summer. Including “both Free and Premium tracks so everybody has something to work for,” the pass allows players to unlock new cosmetic items, Decryptors, and exclusive in-game Titles. The Premium track will be unlocked at a “flat cost,” and “will last for a few months” before being replaced with a new pass, with new content. Psyonix promises more details on the pass as it gets closer to launch.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the pass-style subscription-esque services? Drop your inevitable Fortnite comparisons in the comments below! While you wait for the updates to land, check out our articles on Rocket League’s new Switch patch, and the impending overhaul of APB Reloaded.
Source: Rocket League