Psyonix, the team behind the insanely popular car soccer game Rocket League, announced a mobile spinoff, called Rocket League Sideswipe, which is coming to iOS and Android devices sometime this year.
The offshoot will be slightly different from its more popular sibling in a couple of ways. The most notable difference is that Sideswipe will have a side-screen perspective as opposed to the third person camera from the original.
The stages will be smaller as well, making the game appear to be even more arcade-like than the original.
Next, the game is much more fast-paced than the main Rocket League. Games in Sideswipe will be two minutes long as opposed to the standard five minute game in Rocket League.
Teams in Sideswipe will also be smaller. Players will be able to play games in either 1v1 or 2v2 modes, as opposed to the larger teams in the main game.
However, similar to the main game, Sideswipe will have the series’ signature car customization and ranked play. Psyonix seems to be translating the classic car soccer game mechanics from the original but just in smaller, side screen maps, and quicker matches.
No release date has been announced yet but Android users in Australia and New Zealand can access a limited time alpha, starting today. Betas in other countries will be available in the coming months.
Rocket League getting a mobile spinoff is not surprising. Plenty of other free-to-play multiplayer games have made the leap to the mobile market, including Call of Duty, Fortnite, and PUBG.
With Rocket League Sideswipe announced, it will be interesting to see how it will compete with the other mobile ports of free-to-play titles and the main Rocket League competitive scene.