Rocket League gets a heck of a lot friendlier today as players on the Xbox One and the PC are finally able to play on the same pitch.
This sort of cross-platform play isn’t wholly new, but it sure isn’t that common. Rocket League already allowed for cross-platform play between the PlayStation 4 version of the game and the PC. Now the love is spreading even further, with players on the Xbox One version of the game able to play with their PC friends. For the time being, however, it doesn’t look like the PS4 and Xbox One crowds will be united.
That’s not to say that complete platform integration will never happen, just that it’s not possible in the current version of Rocket League. It was stated earlier this year that the team at Psyonix could very realistically handle such a move, and even the Microsoft camp has stated a willingness to play nice with the folks at Sony, but it remains to be seen if anything will come of the offer.
If you’re reading this message, then you’re only a few hours away from being able to play Rocket League across the PC and Xbox One. The update goes live at 11 p.m. BST and, as IGN points out, this will be the first game to offer that kind of unity between the two platforms.
But can you imagine how much better this news would be if it included complete cross-platform play? Rocket League is already a standout game for a boatload of reasons. For starters, it’s a massive success of a sequel to a game that didn’t get too much attention in the previous generation. Secondly, it started out as a PlayStation Plus title, giving folks a risk-free opportunity to at least give the game a fighting chance.
That fighting chance turned into ridiculously good numbers across both the PS4 and PC, with multiple content updates and new game modes added over the past year. The game finally launched on Xbox One this year, giving even more players the chance to play soccer, hockey and basketball in rocket-powered cars.
Now just think about how fantastic it would be for Rocket League to finally allow players on the PS4, Xbox One and PC to play together. The game could literally bring the supposed console war to an end, uniting all platforms under one turbo-fueled banner of insanely fun and competitive gaming.
*wipes a single tear from cheek*
Or, if nothing else, it’d just be swell to play with friends on different platforms. One step at a time though, I suppose.