In the five years that Rocket League has been around, it’s remained one of the most enjoyable sports games around. Now, I appreciate that it’s not a real-world sport, but I count it as a sports game anyway. Given that its popularity hasn’t really faded in all the time its been out, it’s kind of odd to see it going free to play on the 23rd. That’s not to say it’s not welcome though, this will no doubt bring in a bunch of new players, and that can only be a good thing.
For players who have already bought the game, if you log in you’ll find yourself showered with an absurd amount of items. It took me about five minutes to get through all of them, but it’s nice to have an even more fleshed-out garage to play around with. There are probably a lot of items I’m never actually going to use there, but hey, stuff is stuff. Hopefully, this also means we’ll get the next Rocket Pass soon too, as I quite like grinding my way through the levels there.
One of the coolest things about this change is that on both Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, you’ll no longer need the premium online services to be able to play Rocket League online. There are going to be a lot of people who can play another online game without any extra cost, and that’s an incredibly good thing in an industry where the costs we have to pay as consumers are constantly rising. Yes, I appreciate I’ve just talked about the Rocket Pass, but the key thing here is the ability to invest money if you want to, and not because you have to.
Jason is the Editor of The Indie Game Website. He’s a lover of roguelikes, soulslikes, and other kinds of likes. He basically spends a lot of time getting beaten up in games and seems to enjoy it.