Rocket League will no longer require PS+ or Nintendo Switch Online to play multiplayer on those consoles. It looks like Xbox Live Gold is still needed.
In advance of Rocket League moving to a free-to-play model, the team at Psyonix is slowly rolling out news about the change. Previously, they shared updates to challenges, and now the team is back with a few other tidbits. The big news is that you’ll no longer need PS+ or Nintendo Switch Online to hop online and play with friends. However, that is far from the only thing the team brought to the table today.
In addition to Tournaments, Challenges, and Cross-Progression, there’s still a lot coming to Rocket League when free to play launches. Here’s everything else you can expect, like new Ranks, new Quick Chats, and more!
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Rocket League forgoing the need for PS4 and Nintendo’s online service is, undoubtedly, big news for players. Curiously, Xbox One users don’t appear to be getting the same treatment. Until something else comes out, you can expect to still need Xbox Live Gold if you want to play online on Microsoft’s system.
Outside of that change, the team is working to streamline the various ongoing events in the game. This means each Rocket Pass will now simply an extension of a season. Everything will now have a uniform start and end date, which should alleviate confusion.
The free-to-play update is also bringing a brand new rank for competitive players to aim for: Supersonic Legend. This comes with its own set of rewards and titles. They’re also working to improve the new player experience in anticipation of more players hopping in for the first time.
On top of all this, the team is adding some handy new quick chat options. Plus, the popular Heatseeker mode will be available in private matches. And, of course, there are several other small updates you can check out on the game’s website.
Rocket League players can expect to see the next update drop sometime in mid-September with the free-to-play update coming soon after. The game is available now on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One. However, if you don’t have it already, you might as well wait for it to go free-to-play and save yourself some money.