Fortnite surprised fans worldwide last night by unveiling Rocket Racing, an exhilarating new game mode that fuses elements of Rocket League vehicular soccer with Fortnite’s colorful aesthetic and diverse toolset.
Rocket Racing pits two teams of eight players against one another in a race to complete three laps around an obstacle-filled track. Players can choose from a selection of stylish vehicles inspired by Rocket League, using booster pads and aerial tricks to outpace opponents. Unique powerups scattered around each racing arena confer offensive and defensive abilities to take out other drivers Mario Kart-style.
The new mode leverages Fortnite’s building mechanics to allow players to edit pieces of the track itself for strategic advantages. And Rocket League veterans will feel right at home popping epic goals into oversized nets with their car to get a speed boost.
Leadup to Launch
Speculation about a crossover between Fortnite and Rocket League has swirled for months, ever since Epic Games acquired Rocket League developer Psyonix in 2019. Data miners uncovered Rocket League assets in Fortnite’s files earlier this year. And a recent leak revealed what appeared to be a car-soccer field.
Last night, the rumors were finally confirmed in spectacular fashion at The Game Awards 2022. Rocket League tweeted they were “revving up for something big” just minutes before the reveal trailer aired.
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Early hands-on impressions praise Rocket Racing as a fun fusion of the most exciting elements of Rocket League gameplay with Fortnite’s signature art style and steady stream of over-the-top content updates.
Rocket Racing Season 1 kicks off with 30 tiers of unique rewards to unlock. And there are hints that this is just the beginning. The trailer concludes with “Season 1 Coming 2024,” indicating Rocket Racing may become a regularly updated staple of the Fortnite experience going forward.
Dataminers have already uncovered evidence of a complex track editor tool in development. Players may eventually be able to build and share their own diabolical Rocket Racing courses.
For now, blast off into this wild fusion of two of gaming’s most popular franchises for free in Fortnite now! Rocket Racing brings classic competitive car soccer to the next level with wacky powerups, spectacular aerial moves, and nonstop surprise.
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