Rocket League is set to make its first foray into the mobile gaming market by announcing ‘Sideswipe’, a standalone mobile game launching in 2021.
While Rocket League has been extremely popular on consoles, PC, and the Nintendo Switch, Psyonix will be releasing the game for iOS and Android later in 2021.
“We’re hard at work on this free mobile game for iOS and Android that takes the core, competitive gameplay of Rocket League and reimagines it for a mobile device,” Psyonix announced on March 24.
“In Rocket League Sideswipe, players compete from a new perspective on the field in 1v1 or 2v2 matches. Games will be fast-paced, 2-minute matches that you can play with friends near or far thanks to online play. “
While top Rocket League players can take advantage of the precision a controller offers, Psyonix assures fans that Sideswipe will “feature mobile controls that are easy to pick up whether you’re a master of Rocket League or a new player still learning your way around the field.”
And for those players who are advanced at Rocket League and enjoy grinding competitive, “There are advanced mechanics, just like Rocket League.” They also confirmed car customization and a Ranked system for competitive play.
Early footage and screenshots of Sideswipe reveal it’s quite different from standard Rocket League, as it’s played side-on to suit the game’s swiping control system.
As Sideswipe is a standalone game, it’s unlikely that progress will carry over from players’ main Epic Games accounts. This will likely have its own Rocket Pass, tournaments, and mechanics that sets it apart from the main game.
Players in Australia and New Zealand will be able to join a limited-time Regional Alpha test on Android, but Psyonix will reveal more information about betas in other regions in the coming months.
Developers will be releasing more information on the new handheld version of Rocket League, so we’ll be sure to share all developments with you.
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