Gaming’s most wholesome eSport is coming to Nintendo Switch.
In an announcement during the Nintendo Spotlight: E3 2017 Direct video, and confirmed on the Rocket League website, developers Psyonix have announced that Rocket League will be coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year.
Originally released in 2015, Rocket League quickly became one of the hottest games of that year, grossing over $50 million in sales by the end of their first year. It’s also won a ton of industry awards, including two D.I.C.E Awards for Sports Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement for Online Gameplay in 2016.
As of today, Rocket League boasts over seven million current players and has sold over 10.5 million copies.
With these kinds of accolades, and that many players, it’s no surprises that Rocket League is also a big deal in eSports. Both the Electronic Sports League (ESL) and Major League Gaming having Rocket League as an officially sponsored game, with professional teams competing in tournaments across the globe. Psyonix themselves have their own tournament, called the Rocket League Championship Series, which they’ve been hosting since the game’s first release.
First played on PC and Playstation 4, Rocket League quickly came to Xbox One, and now it seems it will be jumping to the Nintendo Switch.
Along with the move will be the usual cross-promotional content, with exclusive Nintendo-themed cars and customizations. Already confirmed will be Mario and Luigi hat-toppers, which will make Switch players readily identifiable. Hopefully, there will be a Samus-themed car skin along with an F-Zero car model in the near future.
Rocket League will be supported across all of the Switch’s game modes, including TV Mode (docked), Tabletop Mode, Handheld Mode, and both Online and Local Multiplayer.
Most important of all, however, is the fact that Rocket League will be network compatible with both Steam and Xbox One, allowing Rocket Leaguers to play cross-network online multiplayer games. Once again, Sony has decided to bow out of the fun and keep their gamers to themselves.
There’s no specific release date yet, but the trailer says to expect Rocket League for Switch “Coming Holidays 2017.” The Rocket League website says it will share more later this year.