Rocket League’s next update will arrive on Tuesday 19th February. Titled “Friends”, the update will add full cross-play party support, developer Psyonix has announced.
Of course, full cross-play functionality has been a part of Rocket League for a month now, but it has only been available through random matchmaking in online modes, whereas the “Friends” update will allow players to actually party up with players from other platforms.
To support this, the Friends update will add a new Friends List to the Rocket League menu. This new friends list will be split into four tabs: Friends, RocketID, Recent Players, and Alerts. Three of the tabs will work exactly as before, but the RocketID tab will show your online friends from other platforms – all players will be assigned a RocketID, which will be your usual username followed by four randomly-generated numbers. Check out the video explaining the new friends list below:
The Friends update will also add four new modes to Free Play: Dropshot, Hoops, Snow Day, and Rumble. If that’s not all, the update will deliver your rewards for Competitive Season 9 and begin Competitive Season 10.
There will also be a weekend of combined Double XP and Double Painted drop-rates from Thursday 7th March until Monday 11th March; this is to make up for the fact that an In-Game Event that was announced for this update last month has had to be cancelled due to “multiple factors behind-the-scenes”. Psyonix are working on another In-Game Event for later in the year instead, but hope that this offering of Double XP and Double Painted drop-rates is enough to apologise to players. Nice touch.
As always, there will be the usual bug-fixes and whatnot too – Psyonix say that they will release the full patch notes alongside the update. You can read the announcement of this upcoming update here.
Rocket League’s “Friends” update will go live on Tuesday 19th February 2019.