Psyonix’s Rocket League franchise has entered into the mobile ecosystem, with the company revealing that a new game called Rocket League Side Swipe is currently in development.
The free-to-play title is a standalone Rocket League experience designed for iOS and Android mobile devices and is anticipated to be released later this year.
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According to the release, Rocket League Side Swipe will offer familiar game elements played in quick two-minute, 1v1 or 2v2 matches. The mobile re-imagining will have similar aspects such as car customisation, an online ranking system, and advanced mechanics designed for its competitive players.
On March 24th, players in Australia and New Zealand were able to join a limited-time Regional Alpha test on Android via the Google Play Store. Psyonix says it will have more information on future betas and the game itself in the coming months.
Rocket League quickly grew to notoriety following its debut in 2015, inspiring the first Rocket League Championship Series in 2016. With cross-platform capabilities, collegiate esports, and its switch to free-to-play last year, Psyonix has the opportunity to expand its growing empire even further with a mobile title.
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The developer has already proven to be flexible with changing tastes and needs, as illustrated by the shift of RLCS to a long-term event circuit.
As Psyonix Esports Program Specialist Cory Lanier explained at the time: “If you look at … a live product like a video game, it’s changing all the time and growing with the community. That’s where we’ve shifted this, is to be able to react and listen and start implementing changes for the long term.”
Esports Insider says: Psyonix is very wisely taking a clue from PUBG, Fortnite, Call of Duty, and others that have found massive success on the mobile market. It’s a natural move as the world adapts to 5G internet speeds and an increasing appetite for mobile esports.