• Rocket League Sideswipe will be launched later this year
  • The game was available for a limited time in New Zealand and Australia
  • Psyonix will continue beta testing of Sideswipe in several other regions

American game developer Psyonix on Wednesday announced a new 2D mobile game version of the Rocket League car football simulator for iOS and Android. Rocket League: Sideswipe is expected to launch later in the year.

First released on PS4 and PC in 2015, Rocket League is widely popular on Xbox and Nintendo Switch. Sideswipe will be a free-to-play game on all platforms.

In its official blog, Psyonix announced that they have developed Rocket League: Sideswipe to provide users with the Rocket League experience. Its easy-to-use and personalized touchscreen controls will give players a whole new experience. Its online feature mode will allow 1v1 and 2v2 matches. It will also have a practice ground for players to strategize their gameplays. The developers of Sideswipe have limited their timing by two minutes compared to the five-minute Rocket League matches. The original version can be played by four players in each team.

The blog asserts that the game will be fast-paced, but easy to learn. Players will be able to pick up advanced techniques to score high ranks in competitive matches. There is no confirmation whether the game will offer personalization and unlocked cosmetics for users. The developers are highly anticipating that the game will feature in the mobile sports category.

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While Pysonix is still planning a global launch of Rocket League: Sideswipe, gamers in Australia and New Zealand were able to get hold of a limited-time regional test on Android and iOS devices. The game was only available for a limited time on Google Play Store. Developers will continue to pilot its beta mode in several other regions.

The success of Sideswipe will depend heavily upon the popularity of the Rocket League in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia. The game has a huge fan following and several tournaments are being organized with a huge prize pool in various regions.

American eSport giant FaZe Clan recently acquired Rocket League eSports team Peeps. The team will play under FaZe Clan banner for a tournament with a prize pool of $150,000.