E3 2017: ‘Rocket League’ Coming To Nintendo Switch With Cross-Network Play

Everyone can finally go head-to-head in the fast-paced car-soccer action of Rocket League– well, everyone except Sony gamers.

It was first teased during the Nintendo Switch’s announcement presentation earlier this year, but Psyonix and Nintendo have officially announced Rocket League for the Nintendo Switch, set to launch later this year. As with the other console versions of the competitive car-soccer game, the Switch version will see exclusive Nintendo-themed customization options and Battle cars, though none have been officially revealed as of this time.

The latest E3 2017 trailer confirms and reiterates that Rocket League will be one of the first titles to include cross-network play; PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch Rocket League players can all go head-to-head online once the game launches for the Switch.

Despite its presence on Sony consoles, Sony has taken a hard-line stance on not opening up the PS4 version of Rocket League for cross-network play; according to Sony’s marketing lead Jim Ryan, when inquired on the lack of cross-network support for Minecraft– the second game to allow multi-network multiplayer- Ryan stated their decision was made to not expose their demographic to a potentially harmful community, and that the stakeholders essentially had the ultimate final-say:

“Unfortunately it’s a commercial discussion between ourselves and other stakeholders, and I’m not going to get into the detail of that on this particular instance…We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft – the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”

Rocket League will release for the Nintendo Switch later this year.

Sources: Nintendo, Eurogamer
Image courtesy of Psyonix, Panic Button, Nintendo


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