Nintendo began their E3 2017 presentation this morning with an announcement for Rocket League coming to the Switch. Nintendo finally released their new console earlier this year, the Switch, along with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, after years of struggling to remain financially stable without diving into the mobile gaming market – something former company head, Satoru Iwata, had believed was against Nintendo’s core beliefs.
Instead of entering the mobile gaming field, something several other video game developers and publishers had already done, Nintendo trekked on with plans to release a new console — the Switch. Ever since the system released earlier this year, Nintendo has been dominating the gaming market, thanks in large part to the aforementioned Zelda game as well as support from third-party studios, something which the Wii U didn’t have. Long before the Switch released, Nintendo had promised their fans that the new system will be supported by other developers, and they are making good on their promise.
During Nintendo’s E3 2017 Spotlight presentation this morning, they announced a slew of new games coming to the sold-out platform, including Metroid Prime 4 and Super Mario Odyssey. Among the many surprises was the announcement of Psyonix’s soccer-racing game, Rocket League, coming to the Switch later this year. Not only that, the upcoming version will feature exclusive battle-cars and customization items (e.g. Mario and Luigi hats, as shown in the announcement trailer), as well as local wireless multiplayer, in addition to any content available on other platforms. You can watch the announcement trailer above.
In addition to releasing on the Switch, Rocket League will also be made cross-network compatible, meaning that players on the Switch can play against players on seemingly any other video game consoles, such as Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and Linux. It remains to be seen, though, how they plan on incorporation that cross-play, especially considering that several other cross-play games are limited to specific consoles. For instance, cross-platform play on Minecraft will soon be supported on virtually all systems except for PlayStation devices.
Psyonix has previously stated interest in porting Rocket League to different platforms and markets, such as the Nintendo Switch. Of course, people remember that developers promised to port games over to the Wii U as well, and that didn’t end up happening. Rocket League is expected to release on the Nintendo Switch sometime this holiday season, though there are still many questions that remain unanswered. We should learn more about the game as we near its release date, as well as the upcoming Tokyo Game Show later this summer.