Batmobile Coming to Rocket League

Come March, you can be the hero that Rocket League deserves with the release of the new Batmobile DLC. The new vehicle is an official tie-in with the forthcoming DC sequel – and Justice League precursor – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which pits Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight against the Henry Cavill’s reprised Man of Steel, a battle that eventually unites them with Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and The Flash against emergent antagonists Lex Luthor and Doomsday.

“Fans of Rocket League will soon take control of the iconic Batmobile from the highly anticipated Warner Bros. film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice!” the Rocket League blog reads. “Available Tuesday, March 8, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack will put players behind the wheel of the world-famous crime-fighting vehicle, which has been faithfully re-created in Rocket League, to mirror Batman’s ride in the upcoming film.”

“In addition to the Batmobile itself, the Car Pack will also include three exclusive Antenna Flags enabling players to show their allegiance to World’s Finest Trinity: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman,” it adds. “Priced at $1.99 USD (or regional equivalent), the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack is officially licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and will release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam, on March 8!”

Substantial Rocket League Patch Released For PC And PS4

Rocket League is a phenomenally successful vehicular football/soccer game and forged a very active community. The accessible driving mechanics, intense online action and competitive play has made it one of the most successful indie sports titles ever! It’s fully deserved though, and the core formula is extremely addictive especially with friends. The developer, Psyonix has just released a major patch in time for season 2 which features a huge array of fixes. Here is the changelog in full:

Rocket League Update 1.11 Patch Notes

  • Ranked play Season 1 has ended and rewards will be given to all ranked participants bronze or above
  • Ranked Season 2 play has begun (renamed to “Competitive Season 2″)
  • The “Rocket Labs” experimental playlist is now available for casual Online play
  • New Item Rarity system introduced, “Common” and “Uncommon” items can now be found after Online matches
  • “Wasteland” arena has been added to Competitive Playlists
  • “Snow Day” can now be played in Private Matches
  • Performance has been improved in multiple Arenas
  • (BETA) Player Reporting feature has been added
  • “Quick Chat Only” filter has been added to Text Chat options
  • Russian and Turkish language support has been added
  • Multiple outstanding bugs have been fixed

NEW CONTENT

Antennas

  • deadmau5
  • Added “Community Flags”
    • 9GAG
    • Destructoid
    • GameSpot
    • Gfinity
    • GoldGlove
    • Operation Sports
    • IGN
    • (PC) NVIDIA
  • Added “Country Flags”
    • Tonga

Toppers

  • deadmau5

CHANGES AND UPDATES

Gameplay

  • Players who spawn into a match or replace an existing car have a new visual effect (they no longer explode as if they were Demolished)
  • The “Snow Day” Mutator preset, “Puck” ball type, and DFH Stadium (Snowy) Arena are now available for Exhibition and Private Matches.

General

  • Russian and Turkish language support have been added to the game
  • Implemented a server-side data backup system to reduce the chances of a player losing their save data due to corruption
  • (PS4) General optimization for PS4 to run more reliably.
    • Turned VSync back on by default but disabled Triple Buffering to reduce input lag. The VSync option still exists for users who want to disable it, but you may experience screen tearing with it disabled.

Online

  • “Ranked” Playlist has been renamed “Competitive” Playlist
    • Season 1 has ended! Limited Edition Crowns have been distributed to all participants in Season 1 Ranked Play based on your highest division across all Ranked playlist when Season 1 ends.
    • Competitive Skill Divisions have replaced Rank Points and the Season 1 Ranking System. There are twelve skill divisions. Over time you can be promoted or demoted between divisions based on your performance.
    • Top 100 Leaderboards are now based on your skill rating, similar to the Preseason.
    • Placement matches have been implemented. For each ranked queue, you play ten placement games and are then sorted into a skill division based on your performance.
  • Ranked Reconnect has been added to the game. Players who lose connection during a competitive rocket league match will now be given the option to reconnect to their previous game.
  • “Rocket Labs” experimental playlist is now available for casual Online play
    • A new rotating casual playlist called “Rocket Labs” is now available! Labs features prototype layouts that use temporary art assets. This allows us to release and gather feedback on new designs much more rapidly than we could otherwise.
    • Three Lab Maps are now available in the “Rocket Labs” playlist and Private Matches:
      • Underpass
      • Utopia Retro
      • Double Goal
  • New “Uncommon” Item Drops will now be found uncommonly after online matches. This “Uncommon” item quality features all-new Hats and Antennas for you to discover and equip!
    • Unlike previous seasonal rare drops, these new items don’t have a fixed drop chance after each match. Your chances to find an item after a game will increase for every minute you play until you find something, and then your chance will reset.
    • Uncommon unlocks are only only awarded after a complete game in online playlists (They are not available for unlock offline modes or in Private matches)
    • Multiple copies of the same “Uncommon” item can be collected, illustrated with a count number in the Garage UI
    • There is a maximum of ten hours of playtime per week that can earn items, so don’t bother trying to idle your way to a full inventory!
  • (BETA) Player Reporting option has been added and can be accessed via the mid-game menu. You can report players who are being offensive and the full chat log of the match will be submitted along with your report for administrative review.
  • “Wasteland” arena has been added to the arena rotation for Competitive Playlists

UI/ UX

  • Players will now see keyframes for Goals, Saves, and Epic Saves on timeline when viewing a saved replay file.
  • Players can now disable all text chat except Quick Chat by selecting “Quick Chat Only” option in Text Chat dropdown in the Audio menu
  • (PC) Graphical Options
    • The maximum framerate of the game can now be increased beyond 60 FPS using the “Max FPS” option under Video Settings
    • The size of the user interface can now be modified using the “UI Scale” option under Video Settings

Bug Fixes

  • Optimized performance on Wasteland arena to improve experience for players
  • Fixed Handbrake performance for Backfire, DeLorean Time Machine, Gizmo, Grog, Hotshot, Merc, Takumi, Venom, X-Devil
  • Ball Indicator will properly appear in Beckwith Park (Stormy)
  • Orange Team bots will no longer avoid kickoffs in Beckwith Park
  • Fixed an issue that caused “Winning is Winning” achievement/trophy to fail to unlock when the requirements were met
  • Fixed a graphical bug that displayed a shadow-like texture throughout multiple arenas
  • Fixed an issue that locked chat to Team Chat in the post-game menu
  • Adjusted the audio volume for “Portal” boosts
  • Fiji flag updated so it’s no longer smaller than other flags
  • (PS4) Repaired issue that prevented the “PS Nation” Community Flag from appearing in the Garage

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Off-Road Action Coming to Rocket League in New Chaos Run DLC

Great news for all you Rocket League fans out there, as developer Psyonix reveal the latest action-packed DLC to be released for their fast-paced multiplayer sports game.

“Thematically inspired by films and literature set in grim, post-apocalyptic futures, Chaos Run brings those happy-go-lucky scenarios to Rocket League‘s universe with two brand new Battle-Cars (Ripper and Grog), 12 new Decals (six for each new vehicle), and several new Paint Types, Wheels, Rocket Trails, Toppers, and Antennas.”

As you can see in the DLC trailer below, the new content certainly takes inspiration from futuristic wasteland movies such as Mad Max. The cars are covered in brutal armour, the terrain is rough and worn and the action is still as crazy as ever.

“Welcome back to the Wasteland! Our new “Chaos Run” DLC Pack brings the post-apocalypse to Rocket League with two all-new vehicles, six unique Decals for each new Battle-Car (12 total), two new Paint Types, two new Wheels, two new Rocket Trails, three new Toppers, and three new Antennas!”

The New Rocket League Chaos Run DLC Includes

  • 2 New Battle-Cars, Ripper and Grog
  • 12 New Decals (six for each new Battle-Car)
  • 2 New Paint Types (Camo and Sun-Damaged)
  • 2 New Wheels (Ripper and Grog)
  • 2 New Rocket Trails (Sandstorm, Nuts and Bolts)
  • 3 New Toppers (Boombox, Cow Skull, Mohawk)
  • 3 New Antennas (Bomb Pole, Radioactive, Retro Ball – Wasteland)
  • 5 New Trophies (PS4) and Achievements (Steam)

Chaos Run will be available this December on both the PlayStation Network and Steam PC for $3.99 USD or its regional equivalent. To celebrate the launch, Psyonix will also be releasing a new free arena dubbed “Wasteland” which you can see in the trailer above.

Rocket League – Back to the Future Car Pack Teaser Released

Great Scott! Get yourself ready for something truly awesome coming to the already fantastic Rocket League later this month, the Back to the future Car Pack!

Rocket League has been a smash hit and a very popular choice when it comes to multiplayer competitive gaming, so much so that it may even be entering the world of eSports. Of course, there’s very little difference between the cars in the game, at least in terms of performance, but when it comes to customisation, the developers at Psyonix love to give you a lot of options. Their latest addition to their ranks needs little introduction, as the iconic DeLorian is one of the most easily recognised cars from movie history, having been the time machine used by Doc and Marty in Back to the Future.

The car pack launches on October 21st and you can check out the teaser trailer below.

“Great Scott! The time continuum has been disrupted and as of October 21, 2015, the “Future” is now! Celebrate one of the most anticipated days of the last 30 years in Rocket League with the official Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine! Don’ t waste another minute. Get it for PC and PS4 today!” – Psyonix

What cars would you love to see added to Rocket League?

Steam Refund Flaw Used to Get Rocket League And Portal 2 For Free

The Steam controller adopts a rather unusual design and incorporates dual trackpads as well as haptic feedback. Initially, Valve sent a batch of Steam controller samples to developers and consumers who pre-ordered during the “Get It Early” scheme. The retail release in the UK is scheduled for November 10th and priced at £39.99. Valve launched an incentive to encourage users to purchase and bundled, for free, Rocket League and Portal 2 with the standard package.

However, we’ve been informed by a reader that the Steam refund policy easily allows you to return the controller and keep both games. Obviously, this isn’t something I would recommend doing on a huge scale as Valve will obviously respond to abuse of the Steam Refund policy. Although, it’s great to see Valve accepting the controller isn’t for everyone and allows consumers to keep both games as a gesture of good will.

Despite Valve’s brand loyalty, their customer service has a fairly shoddy reputation and even bested by Origin due to the ‘Great Game Guarantee’ policy. Thankfully, things have improved in the last few months and customers could easily get a refund for the terrible port of Batman: Arkham Knight without any issues. It will be interesting to see if Valve ends this promotion if too many people end up returning the controller. Graphics cards often contain promotional codes, and if you return the card without a fault developing, it’s possible for the retailer to deduct a certain amount.

Free Rocket League and Portal 2 for Steam Hardware Pre-Orders

Rocket League has got an extremely popular launch on Steam and already sold more than 1 million copies on the platform since release last month. A milestone like that has to be celebrated and the first way that is done is by creating a SteamOS and MacOS version of the game, bringing it to even more platforms and potential gamers.

The second way they are celebrating this is even better, at least for those of us that pre-ordered Steam Hardware or still plan on doing so before the launch. Valve announced late last night that all those will get a free copy of Rocket League. That offer is valid for the Steam Controllers, Steam Link, and Steam Machines.

The initial email from Valve on this didn’t really specify how people would get the free games, whether they would show up as coupons or you’d had to claim it somehow. I am personally one of those who pre-ordered a Steam Controller from the first pre-order batch and as such I was extra curious. So I reached out to Valve to hear how I could redeem my new free game. The reply was almost instant and the news is good. You don’t have to do anything at all, it will automatically show up in your steam library and all you have to do is install it.

This morning when I logged into Steam the news got even better as Valve put one more on top and also gave out Portal 2 on top of Rocket League. Both games are available in my library and they are probably in yours too if you pre-ordered some hardware.

Usually, it’s a sad thing when you already have a game on Steam and get another copy through a pack or freebie, because you’ll lose it. But not this time. If you already have one or both of the games, then you’ll get a coupon to give the extra to a friend instead. The terms did not specify if you’d get multiple codes if you order more than one part of Steam Hardware, but I’d assume you will.

“User reviews, sales of Rocket League on Steam, and its surging rise among eSports enthusiasts make it clear that the game is an absolute sensation,” said DJ Powers at Valve. “In addition to being tremendously fun, our testing shows it plays brilliantly with the Steam Controller. So it was a natural decision for us to work with Psyonix and offer it to gamers free of charge when they pre-order a Steam Hardware device.”

“We’re extremely excited about SteamOS and Mac,” said Dave Hagewood, Founder and President of Psyonix. “Our PC players have already proven how much passion they have for our game, and this is a great opportunity for us to bring Rocket League to an even wider audience inside the Steam family”

For the next 48 hours, to celebrate the popularity of Rocket League, the game will be on Sale in Steam with a 10% discount. That is for all those who haven’t pre-ordered any Steam hardware.

First Rocket League Patch Punishes Quitters and Fixes Bugs

Rocket League had a bit of a rough start as the servers started to overheat and users reporting their consoles doing the same about a month ago. Now the first patch is ready and it has been rolled out to both PS4 and PC players, about a month ahead of the launch of the first DLC for the game.

The new patch provides some critical fixes, but also a harsher punishment for people leaving ranked games ahead of time. There really isn’t anything more frustrating than quitters in online games, especially when you play ranked matches. Now with the new patch, the first player to abandon a ranked match will be banned from matchmaking for 15 minutes. A mild sentence as a disconnect doesn’t necessarily mean that it was on purpose, but long enough to give people something to think about. With the ban time, they might as well just continue to play to match.

Quick chat commands now work cross-platform, they didn’t up until now. That might be the reason why you thought some people were very silent and didn’t use the quick chat commands such as nice shot, sorry, or oops. Other fixes include a better AI that matches the average skill level of all players in the current game, achievement fixes in both unlocking and description, and multiple crash scenarios have also been fixed.

Overall, this looks like a great patch for the game and the community. You can also check out the full changelog on the official website.

Rocket League – Killing Servers and Overheating Consoles!

Only good things happen when the sport of football is combined with racing within a PS4 game, the game Rocket league was updated with new monthly PS Plus update which sounds good for fans until the moment your console overheats along with the game servers.

Fans of this hybrid began to get stuck into the game so much so that a few hours later players were ejected from the battle. According to the developers, the servers suffered a “hug of death”. This is a technical term known as witticism. The update also caused the menu screen to work the PS4 so hard that the fans went into overdrive and shut many players’ consoles down.

A fan on Reddit summed it up with this post “Hello. This game just melted my PS4. It made the console to go on extreme temperatures even when not actually playing, but just browsing menus. Fan begged mercy until whole system crashed. This game isn’t clearly optimized for PS4 yet. Just a word of warning for fellow players”

As of writing this problem seems to be persisting but the dev team are working to improve the service of the game, until then, if you are a Rocket League player then make sure it does not blow your PS4 up.

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