Psyonix has unveiled the Rocket League Summer 2018 content roadmap, and it looks as if they’ve been taking notes from the likes of DOTA 2 and Fortnite. The headline addition is a massive progression overhaul, propped up by the ‘Rocket Pass’, Rocket League’s version of the Battle Pass system.
Much like other seasons-based games, the Rocket Pass offers players tiers of earnable content that can be unlocked through leveling up with experience earned through matches played and won. Each Rocket Pass will last the length of a Rocket League season, typically about three months, and then a new Rocket Pass will be available.
There’ll be two tracks to each Rocket Pass - Free and Premium. The Free track will be available to everyone and offers up cosmetic items, in-game titles, and Decryptors to unlock crates. The Premium track runs alongside the Free track but has a flat cost to unlock it. All of the potential content to be unlocked can be viewed on the track prior to buying the Premium Rocket Pass. This tends to be a pretty neat way of keeping players hooked in for the long haul, although it’s a method usually associated with free-to-play titles rather than paid games.
As for the rest of the Rocket League roadmap, Competitive Season 8 kicks off this month alongside a brand new arena. In June there’ll be a summer-themed in-game Event with unlockable cosmetics and new licensed DLC, while July marks Rocket League’s third birthday. This means a special event with lots of throwback content.
The larger summer update is then penciled in for July or August. It features the Rocket Pass as well as cross-platform friends and parties between all platforms, a rebalance of the leveling up process, bonus cosmetics for leveling up, and new XP mechanics to encourage repeat games and punish quitters.
“That’s just a quick look at a few of the major highlights that are coming up this summer,” says Psyonix. “We’re really excited about all of the planned updates and hope you enjoy everything we have in the development pipeline. Thanks for playing!”
Exciting stuff coming up for Rocket League fans then, and this particular success shows no sign of slowing anytime soon. If you’ve yet to give it a shot, do yourself a favour and just pick it up. Truly one of the best games I’ve ever played; I’ve managed to rack up about 600 hours between PC and PS4 and it somehow never gets tiring. The insanely high skill ceiling goes a long way to helping there. Rocket League is easy to learn but terribly hard to master.