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Rocket League Rolls Out More Freebies

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Rocket League's Hoops Mode

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What does a soccer-meets-racing video game need besides cars and goals to shoot at? How about a basketball court, floor squeaks and all? Rocket League’s latest patch, which dropped on April 26th, added just that and more to the hit indie game. Patch 1.17 also included paid downloadable content (DLC) as well as other cosmetic DLC for the rocket-powered battle-cars. Rocket League developer Psyonix also brought back fan-favorite map Cosmic from the original Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars (SARPBC).

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The Hoops mode opens up the Dunk House arena to all players. The relatively small map consists of two basketball net-shaped hoops on either side of the field. To score, players must shoot, aerial, or ricochet the ball into the hoop. To increase authenticity, Psyonix added floor squeaks, a buzzer, and announcer commentary upon scoring. Although only available as a two-versus-two game mode in the online playlist, players can increase the player limit in private matches.

Other than soccer, Psyonix previously incorporated hockey into the game via the Snow Day mode where players enter a cosmetic-only hockey arena and battle over a puck instead of a ball.

The highly-requested Cosmic arena made its return from SARPBC in the patch as well. The fan-favorite map consists of two raised goals and platforms as well as rounded walls. Cosmic is currently available in the Rocket Labs playlist and in private matches.

Rocket League's Cosmic Arena

Fan-favorite Cosmic is back!

Rocket League’s latest patch also included more antennas, like the AbleGamers Charity flag and the Witcher Medallion from The Witcher 3. Those willing to pay $1.99 for the “NBA Flag Pack” DLC can gain access to 30 NBA team flags. A flag bearing the NBA logo is free to all players.

There aren’t any new cars this time around. So far, Psyonix has released four car-bearing DLC packs. Of the four, the most notable DLC includes Back to the Future’s DeLorean and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’s Batmobile.


Watch out, Superman.
Photo: Rocket League

The sequel to the beloved SARPBC, Rocket League is 14 million players strong and counting. The game released on PlayStation 4 and PC in July 2015. As of February 2016, Rocket League was available on Xbox One as well. With over 10 billion possible battle-car customizations, a four-player splitscreen mode, and highly addictive gameplay, Rocket League isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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Joseph Pudlewski is somewhat of a writer and editor living in the village of Anna, Ohio. A graduate of Wright State University, he holds a B.A. in English and enjoys reading anything by Jules Verne. A third generation American, he chose to forego joining the Air Force, unlike his father and grandfather before him. He would much rather keep his feet on the ground, hence his interest in the automotive industry, although he has no fear of flying. In addition to reading and writing, he also enjoys playing video games and spending time with family.