While most indie games only remain a phenomenon in serious gaming circles despite their ever increasing popularity (even sensations like Braid, Fez and Undertale didn’t really make it out to the casual gamer segment), some make it so big that they might as well be produced by international companies.
One of these is without a shadow of doubt Rocket League. Taking everyone by surprise when it came out in July of last year, the game had an incredible amount of sales for an indie game, even making it to the top 5 most purchased games on Steam in 2015, holding its own against triple A titles like Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3.
The premise of the game is very interesting, and the gameplay is what got the millions of users to purchase it. Straight from the producer’s mouth, this is what Psyonix had to say about their current flagship title:
Rocket League is [a] futuristic sports-action game, in which players are equipped with booster-rigged vehicles that can be crashed into balls for incredible goals or epic saves across multiple, highly detailed arenas.
Using an advanced physics system to simulate realistic interactions, Rocket League relies on mass and momentum to give players a complete sense of intuitive control in this unbelievable, high-octane re-imagining of association football.
And now, after the company announced earlier this month that they’d release a retail, hard copy version of the game that would include more content than just the current DLCs, Psyonix announces a basketball mode for Rocket League fans. It’s most likely going to be titled Rocket League Hoops.
While this isn’t the first time Rocket league has modded the game for a different sport, with the holiday season seeing the Snow Day mod which allowed players to play ice hockey, this new mod might actually bring even more players to the game.
With its growing popularity among both hardcore and casual gamers alike, Rocket League was definitely one of the biggest gaming successes of last year. Psyonix is even going to start a championship, with prizes so far reaching a pool of $75,000. This is what the company had t say about the championship series:
You can register in teams of three for a chance to win the very first Rocket League Championship. The three-month season kicks off with open qualifiers and we’ll have a total prize pool of $75,000 USD for the first season. All matches will be played on the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, with additional platform support to be revealed in the future.
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