So back in mid-March Psyonix, the developers of Rocket League, teased a new mode for the competitive multiplayer game that was centered around the concept of team-based basketball. The only hint about the mode was a brief image they released on Twitter. Well, Psyonix released a bit more info about the upcoming upgrade to their action-sports title.
PC Gamer spotted the tweet that recently went out on the official Rocket League account. It reveals that the new basketball mode is set to arrive sometime this April. An exact date wasn't given but a short video clip of how the mode will work was included in the tweet. Check it out below.
That looping gif is absolutely mesmerizing. It also opens up a lot of questions about the gameplay of Rocket League's upcoming mode, which will be part of a free update with a new map.
As you can see, the map features a basketball style court with the key and the hoop and the backboard. What's interesting here is that the hoop is abnormally large. It's definitely designed almost in equal size to the net in the typical soccer-style setup that Rocket League is known for.
I do wonder if they're going to keep the hoop that size on release? I'm sure it's debatable weather or not the hoop is too large or just the right size. I'm sure as players put in some play time and begin to work their way around the map and understand the ins and outs of the play-style we'll find out if the hoop is just the right size or if it's a little too big... or possibly too small.
To the benefit of players, though, the hoop is pretty low, so you won't have to make too much use of the walls to get the ball into the hoop.
The addition of basketball in Rocket League had gamers wondering what other kind of sports they could add. A few people suggested a golf-style setup and some mentioned a ping pong/tennis type of setup. Given Rocket League's physics-based, open-ended design, technically Psyonix could do anything they want with the game. The sky is the limit.
Just recently they added the Batmobile from the recently released and critically divisive Zack Snyder film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Before that they launched the game on the Xbox One with two additional vehicles based on Gears of War and Halo. They also have cross-platform play on the horizon, set to go live at an undetermined date.
I wonder if they'll have a Captain America: Civil War tie-in at some point when the film releases? Then again I don't think they really advertised any vehicles in the movie that could make the cut, but that doesn't mean they can't get creative at some point. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, Rocket League fans can look forward to the new basketball mode and the free map when it launches for consoles and PC this April.
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