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Rocket League Season 9 Update Now Available

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What’s Rocket League got up its sleeve for its Season 9 update? More to the point, what does it have that isn’t related to a popular brand of kiddie cars?

This go-round, Psyonix is banking heavily on Hot Wheels nostalgia (or possibly kids who still play with the things). They’re pushing a new DLC pack with Hot Wheels vehicles and adding several Hot Wheels-themed items to the game itself. Like these:

While the cars themselves cost $5.99, the additional items are free. Rocket League is emphasizing competitive play with the other updates, converting four modes to Competitive form and adding new rewards. Why exactly can you no longer play Rumble, Dropshot, Hoops or Snow Day in Casual Mode? According to Psyonix, “Due to population split, keeping Extra Modes in both Casual and Competitive could lead to great difficulty finding matches — something we want to avoid for their inaugural Competitive Season.” We’ll take their word for it.

Rocket League Season 9’s full patch notes can be found below.

 

THE HEADLINES

  • ‘Hot Wheels Rivals Arena’ is now available in Casual Playlists, Tournaments, Private Matches and Offline Matches
  • Competitive Season 8 has ended
  • Season 8 Rewards (Rocket Boosts) are now available to eligible players
  • Competitive Season 9 has begun
  • The complete ‘Monstercat x Rocket League Vol. 4’ EP is now available as a music playlist

NEW CONTENT

Hot Wheels

  • ‘Hot Wheels Rivals’ is now available as a playable Arena in Casual Playlists, Tournaments, Private Matches and Offline Matches

  • ‘Hot Wheels 50th’ Flag

  • ‘Hot Wheels 50th’ Player Banner

  • ‘Hot Wheels 50th’ Wheels

Monstercat

  • The complete ‘Monstercat x Rocket League Vol. 4’ EP is now available as a music playlist

  • ‘Monstercat’ Topper is now available

  • New Monstercat Flags have been added

    • ‘Muzzy’

    • ‘Infected Mushroom’

    • ‘Darren Styles’

    • ‘Gammer’

    • ‘Dougal’

    • ‘Tokyo Machine’

    • ‘Bossfight’

    • ‘Pixel Terror’

    • ‘Sara Skinner’

CHANGES AND UPDATES

Competitive Season 8

  • Competitive Season 8 has ended. Titles and items will be awarded for your highest rank achieved during the season. Season 8 Rewards are custom, non-tradeable Rocket Boosts

  • Receiving Season 8 Rewards is also contingent upon successful completion of Season Reward Levels

  • Reward Rocket Boosts:

    • Bronze I or higher – ‘Season 8 – Bronze’ Rocket Boost

    • Silver I or higher – ‘Season 8 – Silver’ Rocket Boost + lower Rocket Boosts

    • Gold I or higher – ‘Season 8 – Gold’ Rocket Boost + lower Rocket Boosts

    • Platinum I or higher – ‘Season 8 – Platinum’ Rocket Boost + lower Rocket Boosts

    • Diamond I or higher – ‘Season 8 – Diamond’ Rocket Boost + lower Rocket Boosts

    • Champion I or higher – ‘Season 8 – Champion’ Rocket Boost + lower Rocket Boosts

    • Grand Champion – ‘Season 8 Grand Champion’ in-game Title + all Season 8 Rocket Boosts

Competitive Season 9

  • Competitive Season 9 has begun

    • Season 9 brings a “soft reset” that requires you to do placement matches in each playlist to recalibrate

    • Winning half of your placement matches will land you near your previous season ranking

    • League Rankings will be temporarily empty until players complete their placement matches

  • Ranked Extra Modes

    • Ranked Playlists for 3v3 Dropshot, 2v2 Hoops, 3v3 Rumble and 3v3 Snow Day are now available under the Extra Modes tab in the Playlist Menu

    • You will have a unique MMR for each Playlist

    • You will be required to complete ten placement matches before obtaining a Rank in each Playlist

    • All Ranked Extra Mode Playlists will contribute to your Season Reward Level

    • Extra Modes have been removed from the Casual Playlist tab

    • You will have the option to hide your Rank in the new Ranked Extra Modes Playlists

    • Ranked Extra Modes will not have leaderboards for Season 9

Progression

  • The post-match XP screen has been shortened and can now be skipped, bringing you right to the End Match screen and lobby

  • Consecutive Match Bonus has been increased from 50 XP to 200 XP

  • Weekly Win Bonus has been changed from a multiplier to a flat amount of 2,500 XP per eligible win

General

  • Discord button has been added to the News Panel

    • Clicking this button will minimize Rocket League and take you to discord.gg/rocketleague, where you can join the official Rocket League Discord server

BUG FIXES

General

  • Fixed issue where focus could be lost when closing party chat panel with controller

  • Details window now appears in trades with only one item

  • Older Replays recorded on Farmstead no longer crash the client

  • Fixed a bug with bot behavior related to air dodge, rolling and ball strikes

  • ‘Best of the Bunch,’ ‘Squad Goals,’ ‘New Challenger’ and ‘Together is Better’ Achievements/Trophies now work as intended

  • Club invites no longer block a player’s view while trading

  • Checking the ‘Friends Only’ League Rankings now shows all friends

KNOWN ISSUES

  • RLCS Fan Rewards Decals may not show all details in the trade window

  • ‘Megabat’ Decal may cover trim on Painted Car Bodies

  • Some Competitive pop-up messages may not reference Ranked Extra Modes when they are supposed to

  • Titanium White and Grey ‘Binary’ Painted Trails may look similar

  • During a trade, selecting, removing and re-selecting an item from an inventory stack may cause the check mark to disappear

  • [macOS] Game may close after startup if a controller is connected and ‘PlayStation Configuration Support’ is enabled

  • [Switch] Removing and re-adding a splitscreen user to the party will hide the first player in the party roster

  • [Steam] ‘People Person’ Achievement/Trophy may not unlock for some players

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