Rocket League game director Scott Rudi doesn't believe there's a full-on sequel to the game in the cards. Rudi, who joined Psyonix earlier in 2018, believes that the current model the developer is using with Rocket League is enough to sustain the game well into the future, without a need for something like Rocket League 2.
Rocket League is the smash hit soccer-and-cars hybrid that launched Psyonix into the spotlight when it released in 2015. Rocket League currently has 45 million registered players, with 6-7 million of those playing regularly every month. Rocket League's add-on content has extended its lifespan by a significant amount, and players can typically purchase cosmetic upgrades in the game's shop while preserving the game balance so that free-to-play users don't start off on the back foot - a model that has made the game one of the most popular multiplayer games on the planet.
In the interview, conducted by GameSpot, Rudi was up-front about what he believes will be the best way for Psyonix to approach the Rocket League brand. Instead of cashing in on the game's popularity and producing a sequel that doesn't change much, Rudi thinks that, until there's a big enough innovation to justify a new title, Psyonix should remain committed to developing the current Rocket League:
"That's preferable to do; games-as-a-service...the most valuable thing in our game is our fans...we want to keep this going. I don't know what I'd do with Rocket League 2. I'd rather do more to expand the existing Rocket League. It's doing great, there is a lot ahead of it. So yeah, we have no plans for Rocket League 2."
Rudi's comments line up with what another Psyonix executive, Jeremy Dunham, said in March of last year. Dunham stated that he wouldn't want to invalidate the already giant Rocket League community and attempt to sell them on moving over to another game. Rudi's interview confirms that Psyonix still believes Rocket League 2 isn't something that's necessary.
Of course, those paying attention to what is going on in Rocket League these days won't be surprised to hear the news. Rocket League still gets an incredible amount of support, including a third year anniversary event coming up on July 9 that will introduce a new playlist, a Happy Birthday topper, and a bunch of other goodies to celebrate the game's continued success. That, coupled with Psyonix continuing to pursue exciting content licenses to procure the Batmobile, the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future, and other iconic vehicles continues to give players a reason to stay interested in Rocket League's content.
Rocket League 2 isn't an impossibility, but at this point in time, it seems highly improbable. Despite most games not getting a sequel due to a lack of success, however, fans of Psyonix's brand of fast-paced multiplayer gameplay should take heart in the fact that Rocket League 2 won't be happening because it's predecessor is still so good.