Rocket League update adds new Rumble mode and its goofy power-ups

Developer Psyonix is rolling out a major update for its popular eSport vehicle game Rocket League for the PC, Xbox One and PS4. The update includes the previously announced Rumble mode that throws in lots of wild and crazy power-ups for the game's cars.

Here's a quick reminder of what power-ups will be available in the new Rumble mode.

  • The Boot (Kick's an opponent's car)
  • Disruptor (Forces the opponent to drive uncontrollably)
  • Freezer (Freezes the ball in-place)
  • Grappling Hook (Pulls you towards the ball)
  • Haymaker (Punches the ball)
  • Magnetizer (Attracts the ball to your car)
  • Plunger (Grabs the ball via plunger and cord)
  • Power Hitter (Hit everything harder)
  • Spike (Attach the ball to your car when you bump into it)
  • Swapper (Change positions on the field with your opponent)
  • Tornado (Sweep up the ball and cars into a giant funnel cloud)

The new Rocket League update also has a bunch of new features, including the ability to save your favorite car settings:

Offering up to 10 different slots to save your favorite configurations, the Car Preset option also allows you to save your vehicle customizations on a "per team" basis, with new "Equip to Blue" and "Equip to Orange" options!

The update also supports custom team names and colors for private matches, along with the ablity to trade non-premium items with other players on the same platform. Party chat has also been added, along with a new "Crates and Keys" system:

The system itself is pretty straightforward, as random Crates will occasionally drop in addition to the normal post-game item rewards in Competitive matches. Players will then have the option to purchase Keys that will allow them to access the contents of the Crates, where they can find random, but exclusive, Garage items that are unique to the Crate they've chosen.

The keys are purchased with real money, and cost $1.49 individually, or in bundles of 5 for $5, 10 for $10, or 20 for $20. Part of the revenues from these keys will go towards funding future Rocket League tournament events and prize pools. Finally, PC owners on Steam will be able to download the Rocket League beta for SteamOS and Linux with this Rumble update.

John Callaham