Rocket League, the sequel to the 2008 game Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, has proven to be one of the surprise hits of 2015. Developer Psyonix combined the rocket cars from their previous game with the basic rules of soccer, somehow turning the concept into an addictive, physics-based sports game. Available on the PlayStation 4 and PC, Rocket League boasts a community of approximately 8 million players - largely aided by the PlayStation Plus program offering the game for free at launch.
The game's success and popularity were solidified at last night's Video Game Awards 2015, with Rocket League taking home the awards for both Best Independent Game and Best Sports/Racing Game. Psyonix also took part in the show's numerous game announcements, confirming the rumor that Rocket League is indeed finally coming to the Xbox One.
The announcement came via the above trailer, slating the game for a February 2016 release on Microsoft's console. The trailer also indicated that the Xbox version of the game would include two unique vehicles, one inspired by the Halo Warthog and the other by the Gears of War Armadillo. The developer later confirmed that in addition to the new vehicles, the game will come bundled with the previously-released DLC packs Supersonic Fury, Revenge of the Battle-Cars, and Chaos Run, as well as exclusive customization options. The full package will cost $19.99 at launch.
The DLC released in honor of Back to the Future Day earlier this year, including the DeLorean Time Machine, will not come bundled with the game. Players interested in the DLC will have the opportunity to purchase it separately at launch.
Dave Hagewood, CEO of Psyonix, released the following statement about the game's move to Xbox One:
"Our goal with Rocket League is to continually improve, grow, and evolve the game while keeping its core fundamentals in focus. With our new Xbox One version, fans will not only get some great exclusives and a great value, but also the kind of multiplayer gameplay that has made Rocket League a great passion for our players and for us."
Aside from being a fun multiplayer experience, one of the marketing moves that likely boosted Rocket League's popularity was launching for free on PlayStation Plus. The move guaranteed a large influx of players at the beginning, making new matches easy to find and drawing in more and more players as positive word of mouth spread. Xbox One has a similar program for giving away free games, called Games with Gold. Is it possible that the game will launch free on its new platform as well? The game's high profile might make that unnecessary now, but it would be a nice gesture to achieve parity between consoles.
Rocket League launches on Xbox One in February 2016.