Rocket League looks like the type of game that would dole out power-ups. It’s all cars smashing into each other, launching balls into the back of nets and bouncing them off walls. Giving the cars special buffs, maybe even weapons, doesn’t seem completely crazy. But there’s one problem with that: Rocket League is as much fun as it is thanks to the lack of fat.
It’s a lean, simple (though undeniably nuanced) game that rewards player skill. The formula is fine as it is. And that’s why Psyonix founder Dave Hagewood has assured players that, despite the suggestion that power-ups are coming, they are most definitely not. Rocket League is a power-up free zone.
“There are not going to be power-ups added to the game,” Hagewood said on Reddit. “We're not going to change balance, add stats, change physics, etc. We have a good formula and there are already infinite ways to make the game even better without changing core gameplay.”
Hagewood was responding to concerns that rose up out of an interview with PlayStation Universe, where a developer did say that they were on their way. Hagewood clarified what the developer may have meant.
“That answer may have been based on the possibility of adding mutators that allow private matches to change things up for a single match just to mix things up but absolutely not for regular gameplay.”
What those mutators will end up being remains to be seen. What abilities do you fancy slapping on your rocket-powered cars in extra-chaotic private matches?
Cheers, PC Gamer.