Psyonix VP Jeremy Dunham recently held an interview where he explained why no
Rocket League sequel is in the works. Apparently, the company doesn’t want to break up the community it has already built and which is still growing, reaching 10.5 million copies sold and 27 million registered users. Dunham explains that the company won’t consider releasing a sequel just to add a few new features, favoring updating the current game instead, assuring gamers that “we’re in it for the long haul, if they’re in it for the long haul.”
This is truly an encouraging stance for Psyonix to take. Dunham explained the company’s position further with the statement below:
“Why would we want to take this huge community that we’ve already built, that’s still growing, and say, ‘What you’re playing now is going to be irrelevant in 12 months, but we want you to stop what you’re doing, giving us money all over again, and move over to this other game.’ That’s not the right way to do things. I think that era of games has passed.
“Our goal was to keep making Rocket League better and better so that we don’t lose any of the people that want to play. If they’re playing our game, we’re not going to penalize them and make them buy our game again just because we want to add a couple new features. We want to let them know we’re in it for the long haul, if they’re in it for the long haul.”
— Jeremy Dunham
As if to provide an example of their commitment, the developers over at Psyonix are tackling another popular sport to add to their game
Rocket League, and this time it’s volleyball. In this new gamemode, called “Dropshot,” players compete in an octagonal arena trying to keep the ball from touching the hexagons on their side of the map. Repeated hits to the same area of hexagons will eventually break them, making an opening to score. Those who have played the game so far praise the fact that it doesn’t feel like a “just-for-fun” mode, instead being a balanced and uniquely challenging way to play. The new gamemode comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 22nd.
A departure from the regular rectangular field, the idea for Dropshot came when the developers were teasing out a “normal” volleyball mode but just found it boring. The new mode does seem like it will shake things up quite a bit, as players will have to stop thinking about goals on the ends of the field and rather focus on the floor beneath them. In-air maneuvers will also be key to winning these battles, as simply hitting the ball across the field can be counter-intuitive in certain situations. The longer the ball is in the air, the more power it gains in order to break down your opponent’s defenses, meaning that each set, serve, and spike will only increase tension.
Are you excited to see new, free modes being added, or are you more eager to see where the eSports scene will take this? Let us know in the comments!