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The high-octane sports game “Rocket League Sideswipe” has launched on iOS, with the car football title hitting the small screen around the world after having existed on consoles and PCs for years.
The mobile version of the main game “Rocket League”, “Blow to the side“takes the basic concept of rocket-propelled cars playing football, but simplifies it. Rather than requiring players to deal with three dimensions,” Sideswipe “is more of a side game in which players deal only with of them.
According to the rules of football, teams must kick a ball into their opponent’s goal while defending their own. However, instead of people, the game uses cars with rockets, allowing them to increase their speed, jump and fly through the air.
While made easier for mobile gaming, the game still offers the same aerobatic maneuvers as its full-fledged counterpart, with changes to both touchscreen gaming and the use of a Bluetooth controller. There are both private match options and competitive modes, as well as a world ranking.
Users can also customize their vehicle just like the main version, with unlockable additions that can be earned over time. The “Rocket Pass” will offer higher paid customization options and will become available after the “preseason” launch period.
Psyonix rolled out the game regionally at the end of November and has now made it available in all areas.
Requiring iOS or iPadOS 11.0 or later, “Rocket League Sideswipe” is a free game.
The arrival on iOS has been a long time coming, as “Rocket League” has been playable on major consoles and PCs for quite some time now. On Windows, developer Psyonix ended support for macOS in March 2020, forcing gamers to use other platforms or play the game on Mac without any online functionality.
Psyonix was acquired in 2019 by Epic Games, a company that angered Apple and had its “Fortnite” game pulled from the App Store due to disagreements over developer policy. Despite a prosecution verdict firmly in favor of Apple, the legal wrangling is expected to continue for some time.