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Rocket League is, without question, one of the biggest success stories of the current generation. Now that it looks like the Switch is settling in nicely, that's got folks wondering if the car-powered soccer game will ever charge onto Nintendo's new console. According to the developers, the thought has definitely crossed their mind.
The Nintendo Switch is still selling out the moment it hits store shelves, which is great news for Nintendo. On the games front, Rocket League continues to keep its audience glued to its controllers with new skins, maps and modes arriving on a regular basis. So now the question remains: Will the fast and furious autosports game be making a detour onto a new soccer pitch? The folks over at IGN had a chat with Psyonix recently, the folks responsible for the hugely popular indie game. In speaking with Vice President Jeremy Dunham, it turns out that the team is definitely considering a Switch version of Rocket League, but they've got a ways to go before making a final decision.
Just like all the other platforms, we are evaluating it. We're looking to see what the technical requirements are. 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.
In other words, Psyonix is playing this one carefully, waiting to get a better feel for the switch before they commit to anything. As Dunham points out, there are a lot of factors to consider, including whether or not the game would run well on the Switch and whether or not there seems to be a community eager to play the game on Nintendo's new console.
To be fair, Rocket League has been rolling for a couple of years now, so what are the chances that new Switch owners don't already own the game on another platform, including the PlayStation 4, PC or Xbox One? And even if folks don't own the game already, is there a big enough audience on the Switch at this point to warrant the effort, time and money that would be necessary to develop the game for another platform?
On the outside looking in, Rocket League seems like a perfect fit for the Switch. Assuming there are no development hurdles to overcome, its bright, colorful and family-friendly antics seem like a nice match for Nintendo's console/portable hybrid. But we can't fault Psyonix for wanting to see how things further develop before committing to the new platform. For instance, both the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game play nicely with PC, meaning there's a big, shared audience on all of those platforms. Is it possible for the Switch to even play cross-platform games like that?
One of the many questions Psyonix wants to have answered before moving forward. As for fans of the series, it sounds like the best thing you can do is reach out through social media to let them know if you'd like to see Rocket League on the Switch.