Rocket League for the Nintendo Switch is almost upon us. For the uninitiated, Rocket League is a mix between soccer and racing as you try to score on the other team but the key difference is that you’re in a high-speed vehicle.
No matter your skill level, Rocket League is sure to give you hours upon hours of joy as you hopefully get better and climb through the ranks. The Nintendo Switch version of Rocket League features a couple of Nintendo exclusive items such as cars based around popular Nintendo mascots. These exclusive cars will be coming to the Nintendo Switch free of charge. Players will still need to complete certain in-game goals to get them but there will be no paywall outside of purchasing the game.
The release date for Rocket League on the Nintendo Switch is November 14 at midnight. That means that wherever you are in the world, the game will unlock at midnight local time.
Having Rocket League on a handheld will surely appeal to many players so we can see this version of the game becoming very popular. To top it all off, and we’re not talking about the Mario and Luigi car toppers, cross-play is available through the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC. This means even if you’re the only one who buys the game on the Switch, you’ll still have people to play with.
Eurogamer asked Sony about the fact that both Rocket League and Minecraft are not cross-play and tried to receive a definitive answer. Here is a snippet of the interview:
Minecraft works cross-platform between Switch, Xbox and PC. Today, Rocket League was announced as working cross-platform between Switch, Xbox and PC. Both don’t work cross-platform with PlayStation. Now, is this Sony not playing ball? What is actually going on here?
Jim Ryan: It’s certainly not a profound philosophical stance we have against this. We’ve done it in the past. We’re always open to conversations with any developer or publisher who wants to talk about it. Unfortunately it’s a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I’m not going to get into the detail of that on this particular instance. And I can see your eyes rolling.
Well, you must see that PlayStation owners are upset. They want to play with Switch owners, PC owners and Xbox One owners for these two big and important games, and they don’t have an explanation for why. That’s what I’m getting at, really.
Jim Ryan: Yeah. We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft – the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.
Rocket League on the Nintendo Switch will launch with a price of $20, matching the price of the other platforms.
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