Rocket League is headed to mobile with built-from-scratch Sideswipe

Say goodbye to the days where you need an Xbox, PlayStation, or retro-fitted Commodore64 to play the game where soccer and motor sports meet head on. And say hello to having a ready made excuse to escape those social situations—weddings, funerals, dinner parties, and birthday bashes—where you’d really rather be doing something else. Like, for example, playing Rocket League on mobile.

Until now, that’s been a pipe dream. You’ve been able to mow down half of Los Santos on your iPad, but you haven’t been able to fire up your engine and take to the pitch in Rocket League. That’s about to change. The game’s developer, Psyonix, has announced that it’s rolling out a mobile version of the insanely popular esports franchise. It’s called Rocket League Sideswipe, and it will be coming to a smartphone near you sometime before Christmas.

In a blog post, Psyonix announced that Sideswipe has invented Rocket League from the “ground up” for mobile platforms.

“We’re hard at work on this free mobile game for iOS and Android that takes the core, competitive gameplay of Rocket League and reimagines it for a mobile device,” the post reads. “In Rocket League Sideswipe, players compete from a new perspective on the field in 1v1 or 2v2 matches. Games will be fast-paced, 2-minute matches that you can play with friends near or far thanks to online play.”

Highlights will include mobile-friendly controls that have been designed for both hard-core fans of the game as well as novices. Car customization, which is one of the most popular aspects of traditional Rocket League, will also be available on Sideswipe.

Sideswipe now on Alpha Android!

In what may or may not make you wish that you lived Down Under or in the land of The Lord of the Rings, players in New Zealand and Australia are currently able to test out Rocket League Sideswipe on their Androids in Regional Alpha mode using the Google Play Store. A beta version of Rocket League on mobile will be headed to additional regions around the world in the coming months.

The good news is that the official version of Rocket League Sideswipe will be ready to roll out of the digital garage later this year. In the meantime you’re going to have to occupy yourself scrolling through Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at family events you’d rather not be attending.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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