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The Rocket League Rumble Update Debuts Today!

Rocket League's Rumble update boasts player-to-player trading, loot crates, and party chat capabilities!

Developer Psyonix dropped a new update for Rocket League today that introduces a gaggle of new features! After seemingly endless delays, SteamOS and Mac systems will now have access to the game. But, it should be noted that both versions will be considered "beta" because there are still a host of known bugs which Psyonix lists, such as:

  • There are occasional crashes when exiting from a match to the main menu
  • The statues in Urban Central do not display correctly
  • (Mac Only) Xbox 360 controllers won’t work. You will need a third-party driver solution to use them
  • You may experience intermittent blurring issues
  • The correct store page for DLC purchased through the Showroom doesn’t show up for Big Picture users. This is a Steam client-specific issue that Valve will be fixing in an upcoming patch

Currently, the only "official" version that is supported at the moment are copies used through the SteamOS Linux client. Older Macs will also have trouble running Rocket League if they do not have a dedicated GPU.

Fresh Loadouts

Per the community's requests, Psyonix is injecting "Car Presets" with the rumble update. There's up to 10 different slots for players to save their vehicle customizations on a "per team" basis, in addition to specified options to apply presets to the orange and blue team. The primary color palette has also been extended, giving new shades for the Orange team and a slew of green shades for the Blue team. And, for the more adventurous players, a button to randomize presets will be available as well. 

Speak Your Mind

Following the Rumble update, players will have access to a Party Chat! With this new feature, they will be able to reach out to their teams in both the game and navigating menus. Teammates will be able to receive message both in and out of the game.  

eSports, Crates, and Keys Oh My!

With an ever growing competitive sceneRocket League continues to evolve along with its players. The Rumble update will introduce "Crates and Keys", a system that spawns in something akin to a loot-crate occasionally with the typical post-game rewards in competitive play. However, they will need to purchase "Keys" that will allow them to unlock their crates, where players will have a chance to unlock exclusive garage items. 

Crate items, or their duplicates, can be traded with other players after a cursory trading-hold period. One of the many items to come out of these crates will range from "Import" battle-cars (which function just like their original counterparts), exotic wheels, and animated decals. 

 

Contents of the crates will always be visible regardless if the player decides to use a key. In addition, crates and keys can be traded to other players, Steam PC, and PlayStation 4. It is still unclear whether or not the Xbox One will be receiving this functionality as Psyonix has only recently reached out to Microsoft about implementing key and crate trading. 

Keys will be available for purchase individually or in bulk; a single key will run $1.49, whereas bundles will run $5 for 5, $10 for 10, and so on. For players who are not too keen about the new key and crate system, an option exists in the options panel which will allow players to opt out of crate notifcations. Doing this will also hide drops from from the menu. 

I Trade, You Trade, We Trade

The Rumble update for Rocket League introduces player-to-player trading, which gives drivers the capability of swapping a numerous combination of trading combinations. But buyer beware -- players can only trade across the same platform and are restricted from trading premium DLC items as well.

This Rocket Leagues Rumble update packs quite the punch, and Psyonix hopes that its game will have a little something for everybody. Make sure to send them feedback on either Twitter, Facebook, or on Reddit.

Published Sep. 9th 2016

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