After plenty of fan petitions and no shortage of speculation, Rocket League developer, Psyonix made an appearance during Nintendo’s digital E3 showcase to confirm that their much-beloved sports/racing gaming sensation is officially headed to Nintendo Switch! After, “Evaluating” the prospects of a Nintendo Switch version and how it may work, the port is officially a go, and will even support cross-platform play with Xbox One players, as well as PC players playing via Steam or Windows 10. Interestingly though, it doesn’t appear that the PlayStation 4 version will be a part of the cross-platform play initiative in Rocket League’s Switch version. Psyonix has not yet commented on why the PlayStation 4 version is being excluded from playing with Switch players.
On top of sporting much-anticipated portability via the Switch hardware, Rocket League’s Switch version will also offer both online and local multiplayer capability, and will contain all of the same play modes, features and multi-platform vehicles from the other versions of the game. Rocket League’s upcoming Switch build will also include a few exclusive vehicles, as with the previous PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of the game, with special Mario and Luigi-themed vehicles being offered exclusively for would-be Switch players.
We reviewed Rocket League back during its initial launch on PC and PlayStation 4 in Summer of 2015, and while we cited unreliable servers and a lack of widespread gaming content as issues at the time, we nonetheless praised the game for being a fun, accessible and addictive multiplayer draw. We also evaluated the belated Xbox One release of Rocket League when it launched several months later, where we gave the game even higher praise for fleshing out its play modes and offering more new vehicles and features than ever by that point, subsequently declaring it to have become one of the best current-gen multiplayer games on any platform!
Rocket League’s Nintendo Switch build doesn’t yet have a proper release date, but Nintendo and Psyonix have confirmed that the Switch edition of the game will release in time the Holiday season this year.
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