Psyonix CEO Determined to Add Cross-Platform Play to Rocket League; ‘We Built Rocket League to be a Cross-Platform Game’
Psyonix’s action-packed and fast-paced sports title, Rocket League, experienced quite the rise in popularity since its original release back in 2015 on PS4 and PC. Since then, it is known how much the studio is trying to implement cross-platform play amongst all the game’s players, especially after Rocket League released on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch a couple of years later.
With the recent success Epic Games managed to accomplish with Fortnite’s cross-platform play, and finally getting Sony into the mix. Psyonix CEO Dave Hagewood went to the Rocket League subreddit to express his honest opinion on cross-platform play and how much it means to the studio and to him personally. He mentioned how Rocket League was developed as a “cross-platform game from the very beginning.” Furthermore, he discussed the needed efforts to accomplish this, taking note of the work needed from all parties involved in the process.
Cross play across all consoles is a subject that is near and dear to my heart. It has been my passion since the inception of Rocket League and I have constantly encouraged my team that we not only have the opportunity but the obligation to be pioneers in bringing gamers together regardless of platform. Games may come and go but it is not often that you have the ability to be part of a real step forward in online gaming.
We built Rocket League to be a cross-platform game from the very beginning. It has been a Psyonix mandate that our technology, processes, and policies must always comply with this effort and we have worked tirelessly to ensure it. We hoped that other developers would join us in this effort and they did. We hoped that gamers would cry out for more and they did.
Of course, cross-platform play is not something Psyonix and Rocket League can do on it’s own. It takes the substantial cooperation and coordination of many partners, most notably the platform holders themselves. It is with the greatest joy that I can now acknowledge that all the major consoles are making progress towards a truly all-platform cross-platform play experience!
I want everyone to understand just how much of a priority this is for us and always has been for our team. There are still many factors, some of which take time, that means we have to have some patience. I am excited beyond words and I wanted to make sure that our players know where we stand. I can’t wait to see our vision for a truly unified Rocket League community finally realized.
Rocket League is currently available on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. Earlier in September, the studio released the Rocket Pass, Psyonix’s own iteration of Fortnite’s battle pass. How do you think cross-platform play will affect Rocket League?