‘Rocket League’ is going mobile with ‘Sideswipe’ for Android and iOS

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Rocket League is coming to mobile devices with Sideswipe.
Image: Psyonix

Mobile gaming has made serious strides in the past few years. Traditional developers are starting to realize the profits that lie in the mobile space as it becomes more valuable every day. That has led to mobile adaptations for some of the world’s most popular console-based franchises.

Now, “Rocket League” is getting the mobile treatment. The beloved car soccer game is coming to iOS and Android later this year under the name “Rocket League Sideswipe.”

Developer Psyonix made the announcement on Wednesday. It says that “Sideswipe” will give players a new way to play “Rocket League” while they’re on the go thanks to things like touch controls and fresh game modes for competitive play.

Ultimately, it’s an exciting move for “Rocket League” that gives the traditional console title a shot at life on mobile devices, much like “Call of Duty: Mobile” did for that franchise.

Mobile Car Soccer

When the Nintendo Switch arrived several years ago, it gave players the chance to take some of their favorite console titles with them on-the-go. “Rocket League” was one of them. However, playing the game on a Switch in its handheld configuration can be frustrating at times. The console’s small screen and small Joy-Con controllers often feel like a serious compromise over playing on a larger monitor with a real controller.

For a game like “Rocket League,” which demands a wide view of the field at all times, playing on a mobile device might be a challenge. That being said, Psyonix plans to adapt “Sideswipe” so that players still get a great experience.

The developer says its upcoming mobile title will feature two-minute 1v1 or 2v2 matches. This should help keep everything in view and prevent matches from getting too chaotic on small screens. That being said, Psyonix also reiterated that “Sideswipe” is by and large the same as the main version of “Rocket League” in terms of gameplay and customization. Fans of the car soccer title should feel right at home in the new mobile version.

Another noteworthy change is the addition of touch controls. Obviously, playing on-the-go with a Switch feels more like using a console than a phone since there are still physical controls. It will be interesting to see how the shift to touch controls works out for “Sideswipe.”

Psyonix also noted that the title will feature new competitive modes specifically for mobile. That’s important since it would be difficult for mobile players to keep up with those playing on a console. The developer notes that the game features “advanced mechanics… for those who want to climb the Competitive Ranks.”

When Does ‘Rocket League Sideswipe’ Release?

Fortunately for players hoping to get a taste of the new high-octane (no pun intended) mobile version of “Rocket League,” the wait shouldn’t be too long. Psyonix said in a blog post that it is currently rolling out an Alpha test in the Google Play Store for those located in Australia and New Zealand. It plans to launch additional regional beta testing “in the coming months.”

Meanwhile, the full game is expected to arrive later this year.

Perhaps the most important thing to note is that “Rocket League Sideswipe” will be free to play just like the console version. Mobile gamers will be able to play with friends around the world for free thanks to online play.

“Rocket League Sideswipe” will launch for both Android and iOS when it arrives later this year. Keep an eye out for this title as Psyonix and Epic Games hope to turn another console titan into a mobile success.

In the meantime, check out the game’s trailer in the player below.

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