They’ve done it. They’ve finally gone and done it.
Rocket League‘s alternative modes are finally getting the credit they deserve.
In a recent blog post, Rocket League developer Psyonix announced that the game’s goofier, non-competitive game modes are actually getting their own competitive tabs. That means you will soon be able to rank up in Rumble, Hoops, Dropshot, and Snow Day playlists.
Game director Corey Davis previously stated that Psyonix was looking into ways in improving engagement with these modes, which are generally considered causal modes by the Rocket League community since they mess with the game’s rules and physics by introducing variations on standard gameplay and meta. Now these modes, referred to as “Sports Playlists” by the blog post, will incentivize players to populate their servers by offering actual ranks.
It’s unclear exactly how ranks will work for these “Sports Playlists.” I’d be pretty surprised if Psyonix rewarded players who earned Grand Champ in, for example, Rumble the same way it rewards players in the more standard competitive modes, as that would potentially alienate the thousands of purists in the Rocket League community. It’s possible these modes will have their own ranks, or at least the season-end rewards for ranks in these modes will probably differ from the standard Soccar rewards.
What’s also unknown is when these modes will get their own competitive playlists, though the blog post hints that it will launch alongside competitive season 9 later this year.
Meanwhile, the upcoming August 2018 update will introduce Rocket League‘s new progression system, accompanied by the Rocket Pass a week later. As we previously reported, Rocket Pass is basically Rocket League‘s version of Fortnite‘s Battle Pass and will likewise include free and premium versions that will net you rewards. Cross-platform parties, which were expected to launch in August, are now scheduled to launch in September.
Rocket League is available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.