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How to get a Golden Pumpkin in Rocket LeagueOct 21, 2020 - PCGamesNWondering how you can get a Golden Pumpkin in Rocket League? The jet-powered sports game has kicked off its latest seasonal event: Haunted Hallows. The update adds heaps of Ghostbusters-themed cosmetics, most of which can be purchased from the item shop, but there are some free goodies that players can earn as well, not to mention up to five free Golden Pumpkins. Veteran players will note the first ever return of a licensed vehicle in Rocket League, although the Ecto-1 is still on available for purchase. For fans of free cosmetics (that should be everyone, to be honest), there are some that can be earned by completing specific event challenges, including Ghostbusters Wheels, a Slimer Topper, and a Mood Slime Boost. However, most players will be excited about the free Golden Pumpkins that can be earned during the Haunted Hallows events. Golden Pumpkins unlock items from the Turbo, Nitro, and Vindicator Series, so there are some highly sought after treats waiting to be cracked open. Fortunately, the method for getting these is very simple. Unfortunately, it requires a bit of grinding. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best indie games on PC in 2020 The making of Rocket League Rocket League tips and tricks to help you become a top goalscorer The making of Rocket LeagueOct 7, 2020 - PCGamesNOctober 7, 2020 From the vaults: this feature was originally published on February 16, 2016. Did you know Rocket League is a sequel? If you've heard of 2008's Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, then the answer is probably yes. If not, you might be surprised to know that over two million people downloaded the now eight years old PS3-exclusive and forerunner to last year's cars-in-a-cage slant on football that launched developer Psyonix into stardom. Let me be frank with you: I was aware that Battle-Cars existed before, but had no idea until well after Rocket League's release last July that the two were related. And yet they're almost the same game. "This time I think we were just able to do everything right across the board, whereas before we had a much smaller team," Psyonix's director of development Thomas Silloway suggests. "This time, we made a really good game, we had a really good marketing plan for getting the word out there, and then it kind of went viral as we were getting close to release. A bunch of people picked it up on Twitch from our betas and it just started getting a lot of hype." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League tips and tricks to help you become a top goalscorer Rocket League, which you can no longer get on Steam, is now number four on Steam Rocket League goes free-to-play, servers immediately crash Rocket League tips and tricks to help you become a top goalscorerOct 2, 2020 - PCGamesNLooking for Rocket League tips and tricks? The mechanical accuracy required in Rocket League makes it unlike any other action-sport game out there. As with any sport, there are many techniques that have been developed to make you hit harder, move faster, and win more. Since the game became free to play, the player base has grown massively, recently breaking one million concurrent players - and as the player numbers continue to multiply, we're bound to see even more interest in Rocket League's exciting competitive scene. There's never been a better time to start improving your Rocket League skills - perhaps you could be the next player to show off in the community tournaments, or eventually maybe even make the jump to pro. If you're looking to top the leaderboard, here are nine of the easiest-to-learn Rocket League tips and techniques to take your game to the next level and help you climb the ranks in everyone's favourite carball simulator. It should be noted, however, that even though these techniques are relatively simple to achieve, this is a high-level guide for experienced players. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League, which you can no longer get on Steam, is now number four on Steam Rocket League goes free-to-play, servers immediately crash Rocket League is getting a Fortnite crossover event Rocket League, which you can no longer get on Steam, is now number four on SteamSep 24, 2020 - PCGamesNSeptember 24, 2020 Rocket League player counts have reached another milestone. Rocket League is now free-to-play, and as you'd expect, that means a whole lot of new players have jumped in. While the server status was shaky in the opening hours, record numbers of people have been playing - and it seems that includes a lot of lapsed players, too. Even on Steam, where it's been delisted, Rocket League is setting new records. You can no longer pick up Rocket League from the Steam store - now that it's free, it's an Epic exclusive. However, if you purchased the game on Steam at any point since its 2015 launch, it'll still be available and playable in your library. As SteamDB shows, a load of existing owners have come back with the free to play hype. Rocket League hit an all-time Steam concurrent player record of 132,747 yesterday, up from the previous record of 119,337 back in March. As of this update it's now the number four title on Valve's platform, sandwiched between the sudden megahit Among Us and the venerable action-RPG Path of Exile. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League goes free-to-play, servers immediately crash Rocket League is getting a Fortnite crossover event Rocket League goes free-to-play next week Rocket League's servers died after it went free-to-play yesterdaySep 24, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Rocket League went free-to-play yesterday, which, naturally, caused loads of new players to hop into those funky little football cars for a few matches. The game’s new competitive season began, too, bringing in a load of returning players as well. Unfortunately, Rocket League’s servers did not like this. Not long after the game updated, the servers went down and players struggled to connect to its online features. (more…) Rocket League is now free-to-play with a new Rocket PassSep 23, 2020 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunVrom vrom football’s gone free-to-play and that’s far from the only change in Rocket League today. The explosive car sports game has another season of its Rocket Pass, overhauled its Challenges system, and moved to the Epic Games Store. (more…) Rocket League goes free-to-play, servers immediately crashSep 23, 2020 - PCGamesNAs promised long ago, Rocket League is now free-to-play, though on PC the new version is only available on the Epic Games Store. Even without the benefits of Valve's platform, however, the influx of players on Epic and the consoles has left the game's servers in a good bit of trouble. Rocket League's servers have been down since shortly after the free-to-play launch. The issues are affecting "online play, challenges, and tournaments", developer Psyonix says on Reddit. On Twitter, the devs say that this is part of a broader degradation of Epic's online services, which are now serving Rocket League. It's likely down to the popularity of the now-free game. The official Rocket League Twitter promises "updates to follow". Even on Steam, where Rocket League is now only available to those who previously purchased it, the game nearly hit a new concurrent Steam player count record - it was just a few thousand shy of its previous record of 119,337 back in March, as SteamDB shows, before the servers came tumbling down. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League, which you can no longer get on Steam, is now number four on Steam Rocket League is getting a Fortnite crossover event Rocket League goes free-to-play next week Rocket League best cars explainedSep 23, 2020 - The LoadoutWhat do you get if you cross the fast-paced driving skills of a Fast and Furious film with football tactics worthy of Jürgen Klopp? The answer is one of the most exciting esports around: Rocket League. Players loved the four-wheeled footie action, and the game's casual and competitive modes exploded in popularity upon its release. Five years on, there's still a strong core fanbase climbing the Rocket League ranks and representing teams at esports tournaments, but the game's recent free-to-play update is set to give the racing game a new lease of life. Whether you're a rookie or a former Grand Champion, your choice of car says a lot about who you are as a player - but also affects your playstyle. If you thought all cars were created equal you'd be wrong, so we're here to help you understand what makes one car better than another, and ultimately which are the best Rocket League cars to choose. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best multiplayer PS4 games in 2020 Rocket League Ranks: Ranking system explained, MMR, rewards, and more The best PS4 games in 2020 The best PS4 games in 2020Sep 23, 2020 - The LoadoutThe best PS4 games are like pizza toppings when you think about it - everyone thinks their choice is the correct one, but really it all comes down to a myriad of personal tastes and preferences that are different for each individual. And then there's always someone who puts pineapple on theirs. Their pizza, that is, not their PS4. Here at The Loadout, we love multiplayer action and excitement, so most of our picks reflect that. We're known for reporting on the biggest esports games, however, some alternative games broke the mould and had such an impact on us that we couldn't not include them. Even though we're nearing the end of the iconic console's lifespan, we know that the PS5 will have backwards compatibility for its games, so questions surrounding the best PS4 games will continue deep into 2020 and beyond. The PS4 has such a wide variety of games that there really is something for everyone, regardless of taste or preference. Maybe your favourite PS4 games don't match ours, or those of the biggest streamers, but at the end of the day, it doesn't matter as long as you're true to yourself. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends gets cross-play, new cosmetics, Flashpoint LTM Titanfall's Kuben Blisk might be a future Apex Legends character Apex Legends producer confirms a Pathfinder buff is in the works Rocket League and Fortnite join forces for Llama-Rama crossover eventSep 22, 2020 - The LoadoutRocket League's first in-game event after it goes free-to-play tomorrow will be Llama-Rama, a crossover with Epic Games' Fortnite. Starting September 26 at 22:00 PDT (06:00 BST on September 27) players can begin working through the challenges to unlock Fortnite-themed accessories. Unlike previous events, all the items from the Llama-Rama event will be completely free. Each Event Challenge unlocks a different item that can be claimed from the Challenges Menu. Players that complete all the objectives will unlock the latest Rocket League car, the Battle Bus from Fortnite. A Psyonix developer on Reddit has confirmed that the Battle Bus will use the new Merc hitbox that was added to the game last Thursday. Fortnite players will also unlock Rocket League-themed items by grinding through the Llama-Rama challenges. Rocket League players will have to remember to claim these items, whereas Fortnite players should receive them automatically. Those of you who have always wanted to represent Rocket League in Fortnite, you finally have the chance. You can get a glimpse of all the new items over on the Rocket League website. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best multiplayer PS4 games in 2020 Rocket League Ranks: Ranking system explained, MMR, rewards, and more The best PS4 games in 2020 Rocket League is getting a Fortnite crossover eventSep 22, 2020 - PCGamesNNow that Rocket League is landing on Epic Games' home platform, we're getting a crossover event to mark the occasion. There are things to do in Fortnite as DJ Slushii is doing a gig on the Party Royale stage, and Rocket League players are also getting some things to do to keep themselves busy. First things first, DJ Slushii is closing out the Fortnite Presents: Spotlight series with a performance at Party Royale. Basically, if you've played Rocket League you'll recognise the track 'LUV U NEED U'. DJ Slushii's concert kicks off Saturday, September 26 at 14:00 PDT/ 17:00 EST/ 22: 00 BST. Don't fret if you miss it, though, as you can catch it later that day at 20:00 PDT/ 23:00 EST/ 04:00 BST, and the next day at 10:00 PDT/ 13:00 EST/ 18:00 BST. As part of the crossover event, you can also get Fortnite-themed goodies in Rocket League if you complete Llama-Rama challenges. It's not a one-way thing, however, as you can head over to Fortnite to snag Rocket League-themed stuff as part of the same set of challenges. Plenty to keep you busy then. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League goes free-to-play, servers immediately crash Rocket League goes free-to-play next week The best indie games on PC in 2020 Rocket League Season 1 includes new car, Rocket Pass, competitive tournamentsSep 18, 2020 - The LoadoutFor a long time, Rocket League's free-to-play update was the worst-kept secret in gaming. However, now it's official, developer Psyonix is slowly teasing us with details of what to expect when the rebooted Season 1 drops next week. If you've not played Rocket League before but are suddenly approaching it with a courteous side-eye because it's free on the Epic Games Store, imagine if you crossed Lewis Hamilton, Virgil van Dijk, and Simone Biles. Yes, it's front flipping, fender-bending, four-wheeled football action. And the rebooted Season 1 looks like a great time to join the fun. Season 1 launches on September 23 in tandem with the free-to-play update, and the headline act is, as usual, the Rocket Pass. The premium version of the pass costs 1,000 Credits (about $9.99) and instantly unlocks a brand new car, the Harbinger. The new whip can be earned without spending your hard-earned cash, but you'll just have to complete challenges in order to level up your Rocket Pass. There's not a lot of info about the new car yet, so we'll wait and see if it makes it onto our Rocket League best cars tier list. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best multiplayer PS4 games in 2020 Rocket League Ranks: Ranking system explained, MMR, rewards, and more The best PS4 games in 2020 Season 1 Kicks Off on September 23Sep 17, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsGet ready to jump into the next Rocket Pass, Competitive Season, Competitive Tournaments, and game-wide Challenges. Season 1 kicks off 8 a.m. PDT (3 p.m. UTC) on September 23 and is bringing a ton of new content. ROCKET PASS Get ready to Tier Up in the latest Rocket Pass, which begins with Season 1. This Rocket Pass celebrates the legacy of Rocket League, and comes with 70+ Tiers of items inspired by the history of the game. It all starts with the newest rugged car, Harbinger. Inspired by a classic from Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, Harbinger modernizes the stylings of its predecessor and is ready for Rocket League. This latest car is unlocked immediately with Rocket Pass Premium. Rocket Pass Premium costs 1000 Credits and grants access to the full Rocket Pass experience: 70 Tiers of unlockable items, and the Pro Tiers after Tier 70 which grant Painted and Special Edition variants of select items from this Rocket Pass. Plus, players with Rocket Pass Premium will get three additional Weekly Challenges that will grant XP and Drops. Check out the full lineup of Rocket Pass items, including Harbinger, Mister Monsoon Goal Explosion, Mandala Wheels, League Legacy Boost and so much more! How far will you go? COMPETITIVE SEASON AND COMPETITIVE TOURNAMENTS While Season 1 officially launches on September 23, current Rocket League players will have a short head start on the new Competitive Season which will begin shortly after Competitive Season 14 ends at 3 p.m. PT on September 22. Plus, we're revealing the Season 1 Rewards ahead of time. Without further ado, check out the Decal rewards for the upcoming season! Don't forget, Season 1 is bringing 3v3 Competitive Tournaments, so assemble your squad and get ready for an all new way to compete! Good luck out there! COMPLETE YOUR CHALLENGES Be sure to check out the all-new Challenge menu when Season 1 launches. It will be your hub that shows progress for Weekly and Season Challenges, and more events in the future. Complete available Challenges to unlock XP and Drops. Season Challenges don't expire until the end of Season 1, and more will unlock as the Season progresses. And remember, Weekly Challenges expire every Wednesday and are replaced with new Weekly Challenges, so be sure to complete yours to unlock your rewards! Season 1 will run from September 23 to December 9, so get ready to start climbing the ranks, Tiering Up your Rocket Pass, and dominate the brackets in Competitive Tournaments! Don't forget, the Llama-Rama event is coming shortly after Season 1 kicks off, so stay tuned for more details. It's almost time to take your shot!Rocket League's latest patch adds cross-platform progressionSep 17, 2020 - The LoadoutRocket League's developer's Psyonix is preparing for arguably its biggest update in the game's five year history. With Rocket League on the verge of going free-to-play next week, a whole host of features have been added to the game in the latest patch. One of the headline features included in that patch, which is now live, is that cross-platform progression is now available. Petrol heads can now link each platform they own Rocket League on to a single Epic Games account to share progression, inventory, competitive rank, and more. You'll have to select a primary platform for progress, so ideally you want to pick the one you have a higher rank on. Old players will also be granted legacy status with this patch, so you'll find loads of new goodies in your inventory when you next log on. As part of being an original Rocket League player, you'll be given Faded Cosmos boost, Golden Cosmos boost, Dieci-Oro wheels, a Huntress player banner, and an Est. 20XX title. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best multiplayer PS4 games in 2020 Rocket League Ranks: Ranking system explained, MMR, rewards, and more The best PS4 games in 2020 Team Liquid's new facility is a show of faith in its European playersSep 16, 2020 - The LoadoutOver the years, Utrecht has oozed with sporting talent. The Netherlands' fourth-largest city has produced footballing icons like Marco van Basten and Wesley Sneijder, or Olympic athletes like sprinter Dafne Schippers. But it's not just traditional sports Utrecht is famous for - it's also the birthplace of Team Liquid, one of the most iconic organisations in esports. Earlier today, Team Liquid officially cut the ribbon to its second state-of-the-art esports facility. After opening the doors of its California space in 2018, the new Alienware Training Facility in the centre of Utrecht brings all the shiny toys over for the European teams to have a go - as well as seeing Liquid invest in the city where it was first dreamt up. From Liquid's Dota 2 team to its fresh new Valorant roster, this will be the base for a number of its esports teams to not only train, but in some cases live. The 10,000 sq ft facility is not only packed to the rafters with top-spec gaming equipment, but with all the health and wellbeing features that the world's biggest organisations are beginning to invest in heavily. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dota 2 adds Immortal Treasure III to the battle pass Dota 2 Bot TI returning for its third run later this month Dota 2 7.27d patch notes - Spectre, Zeus nerfed, 27 other heroes changed Rocket League Patch Notes: September UpdateSep 16, 2020 - Community AnnouncementsVersion: Rocket League v1.79 THE HEADLINES Account Linking and Cross-Platform Progression are now available Nintendo Switch Online is no longer required to play Rocket League online Check out all of the Menu and UI changes! Added a new Vehicle Preset based on the Merc car ACCOUNT AND CROSS-PLATFORM PROGRESSION Progression and Account Linking You can now link each platform you play Rocket League to a single account to share progression, inventory, Rocket Pass progress, Competitive Rank, and more everywhere you play For progression data, you will select a Primary Platform to progress everywhere. If you’re Level 1000 and Champion II on PC, and Level 500 and Diamond III on your console, you’ll want to pick your PC profile as your Primary We strongly recommend you link every account you play at the same time so you can make an informed choice when selecting your Primary Platform For more information, please read our blog post on Cross-Platform Progression Players who linked their existing Rocket League platforms to an account will also receive the ‘Chopper EG’ Wheels Legacy Status If you played Rocket League before September 23, you have Legacy status Legacy status includes special loyalty reward items, including a Boost, Wheel, Banner, and a special Title that commemorates the year your account was created: ‘Faded Cosmos’ Boost (limited to accounts created prior to July 21) ‘Golden Cosmos’ Boost ‘Dieci-Oro’ Wheel ‘Huntress’ Player Banner ‘Est. 20XX’ Title Legacy status holders also get special “Legacy” quality versions of every Common item available before the changeover, as well as access to all non-licensed DLC items Player-to-Player Trading Trading with another player now requires a linked account Trading with another player now requires both accounts to have purchased 500 Credits or equivalent (Esports Tokens, Starter Pack, etc.) to deter fraud. Players with Legacy status are exempt from this requirement NEW PLAYER EXPERIENCE Players new to Rocket League with this update will see a new interactive intro cinematic, as well as special guidance when navigating the in-game menus New players will need to reach Level 10 before they can matchmake in Competitive Playlists TOURNAMENTS NOTE: The new Tournaments system will be live with this release, but only a limited number of test Tournaments will be scheduled until we transition Rocket League. The Tournaments system has been redesigned and now offers automated Competitive Tournaments at set times per day, per region While you can still sign up with a full party, Competitive Tournament matchmaking will attempt to find you a team if you can’t join with a full group Mixed-Rank parties will be placed in a Tournament based on the Rank of the highest-skill player Playing at your skill - even if you lose! - is always more efficient than winning at a lower Rank Teams knocked out of the tournament in the first round may be able to re-join during a ‘late joiner’ round Leaving a Tournament early may lead to tempor...Nintendo leaks release date of Rocket League's free-to-play updateSep 15, 2020 - The LoadoutSeptember 15 Psyonix has confirmed the September 23 release date, as well as two new item packs and the new Llama-Rama in-game event. Players across the world have been eagerly anticipating the release of Rocket League's free-to-play update - and they've finally got a date! One eagle-eyed Redditor spotted a Nintendo advert announcing that the update is coming September 23. As well as going live on the Epic Games Store, anyone who has played the racing/football crossover before the free-to-play update will receive a host of freebies. The most exciting bonus is being rewarded with "legacy status", giving them access to all previous DLC. However, more than 200 common items will also be upgraded to "legacy" quality and they'll also get their hands on a golden cosmos boost, a huntress player banner, and Dieci-Oro wheels. Steam players need not worry, as they'll still be able to play the game through Valve's storefront, however, new players will only be able to download the game via the Epic Games Store. The update will also provide cross-progression for your Rocket Pass, inventories, and Rocket League ranks if your account is linked to an Epic Games account. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best multiplayer PS4 games in 2020 Rocket League Ranks: Ranking system explained, MMR, rewards, and more The best PS4 games in 2020 Rocket League's car kickabout goes free next weekSep 15, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun Rocket League is almost, finally free. A little over 5 years after its debut, videogames’ favourite vehicular footy match is going free-to-play and moving to a new home on the Epic Games Store next Wednesday, September 23rd. It’s leaving Steam to do so, sadly – but if you pick up the keys within a month of its Epic debut, you’ll snag a free $10 to spend on Sweeney’s storefront. (more…) Scrub Killa warned by Psyonix after breaking Rocket League voice chat rulesSep 7, 2020 - The LoadoutRocket League pro Kyle 'Scrub Killa' Robertson and his team Guild Esports have received competitive warnings from Rocket League developers Psyonix for breaking rules around team communication. As reported by Dot Esports, during yesterday's RLCS X Fall victory against Team Liquid Scrub Killa randomly joined the voice chat of caster Adam 'Lawler' Thornton while the game was still going. While Lawler was not casting the Guild vs Liquid match, he was part of a watch party on Twitch, and seemed shocked to hear Scrub Killa appear in his voice chat. RLCS X rules state that "teams will communicate with their opponents and Tournament Administrators in a designated chatroom during all online stages of the Tournament." The rules also make clear that "once a Match has officially begun, communication with anyone not designated as playing within the current Match is strictly prohibited and may result in immediate disqualification." Despite the potential ramifications, Scrub Killa decided to leave his team's official communication channel to talk with Lawler instead. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Rocket League Ranks: Ranking system explained, MMR, rewards, and more Rocket League's new top rank will have an amazing name Rocket League overhauls its challenges ahead of going free-to-play Rocket League's new top rank will have an amazing nameSep 3, 2020 - The LoadoutWith Rocket League's massive free-to-play update coming at some point in September, Psyonix has lifted the lid on some of the changes that will be happening to the game's competitive mode. For starters, Rocket Passes, competitive ranked seasons, and the all new tournaments that will arrive with the update are all going to be compressed into one simple season. This means all three will start and end on the same dates, making it easier for players to keep track of things and know how long they have left to grind or complete challenges. Once the update drops, Season 1 will begin and kickstart a new Rocket Pass, ranked season, and tournaments. There are also some tweaks being made to the Rocket League ranks. Previously, players would battle their way to the top tier of the ranking system, Grand Champion. However, following the update, Grand Champion will be divided into three sub-tiers (similarly to the ranks that precede it) with a new top rank being introduced above it. While this is exciting enough for elite Rocket League players, the name of this new rank will definitely create some extra buzz: Supersonic Legend. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Scrub Killa warned by Psyonix after breaking Rocket League voice chat rules Rocket League Ranks: Ranking system explained, MMR, rewards, and more Rocket League overhauls its challenges ahead of going free-to-play Rocket League's Playerbase is Now 20X Bigger Than 2 Years Ago at Launch on SteamJul 12, 2017 - GitHypRocket League didn’t have much of a following when it launched on July 7, 2015 with a modest 2k players per hour on Steam. But positive word-of-mouth resulted in the game quickly exploding in popularity. And by the end of its first month on Steam, Rocket League saw its playerbase spike up to an average of 12.8k players per hour. Since then, Rocket League has shown no signs of slowing down with the playerbase continuing to increase. And now, Rocket League is celebrating its second year on Steam with a current average of 39k players per hour – a number that’s twenty times the game’s debut playerbase and that keeps it in Steam’s daily top 10 most played list. [caption id="attachment_276892" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Rocket League's Average Players per Hour via GitHyp[/caption] Most recently, the developers at Psyonix discounted Rocket League by 40% during the Steam Summer Sale -- reducing the price from $19.99 to $11.99 -- which they've done multiple times since the game's release. However, it was actually the dev’s big Year 2 update featuring a new map, Rick and Morty content, and the first-ever double drop-rate weekend that resulted in a 28% increase in players right after the sale. Rocket League’s constant updates and lack of competition are two of the biggest factors attributed to its player gains. Aside from Psyonix’s own previous game on PlayStation 3, 2008’s Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, there’s nothing quite like Rocket League to challenge it and steal away players. And until there is, Rocket League’s playerbase is on track to continue increasing on Steam with the devs already announcing tons of new content on the way.