One of the big announcements made during this morning’s Nintendo Direct was the revelation that Rocket League will be published on the Switch this holiday season. All of the features and modes that are in the other versions of the game will be included in the Switch version, plus a few Nintendo-specific exclusives such as Mario hat accessories (good timing, as Super Mario Odyssey will be on sale around the same time).
The Switch version of Rocket League will even have cross-platform play with PC and XBox One owners…..but not the PS4. When pressed by the press, Sony gave a strange answer as to why. “We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base,” said Jim Ryan, PlayStation global sales and marketing head. “We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”
So Rocket League can’t communicate with the PS4 because they’re worried about children. Sony has never been “worried about children” in the online content of any other game. We don’t believe that one, Ryan, and we’re not interested in purchasing that bridge either.
Rocket League premiered in the summer of 2015 on Playstation 4 and Steam, where it quickly became a runaway hit. An XBox One version appeared the following year, but the game never made it to Wii U. Now console owners of all persuasions can enjoy it, and it’ll even be portable.