During a recent AMA over on Reddit the developers behind the stupendously fun Rocket League were faced with a fair few questions, most relating to the game and what players can expect to see on release day and beyond.
One fan however chose to question the relationship between Psyonix and Sony.
Psyonix revealed that getting support from Sony was a joyful experience and that their relationship with the platform-holder is “fantastic” as they fully embraced the idea of Rocket League from the get-go.
We have a fantastic relationship with Sony. The reason we are self-publishing this game is because we don’t want to compromise anything and to be honest, pitching this concept is pretty hard to do. Who else would believe a game about soccer with cars could be this amazing? Sony has always embraced us in terms of self-publishing and really believes in the game after seeing the dedication it received from the first version.
That being said, the developer very sneakily avoided directly answering the question of whether Rocket League would release on the Xbox One, though they did tease that it would be a cool feature to have.
We haven’t announced anything on cross-play yet. All I can say is it would be cool to have.
They also revealed that many publishers just couldn’t get their heads around the concept and that they struggled to find support so instead decided to just go it alone and self-publish the game which allowed them a bit more freedom to do their own thing and dial things up to the next level.
The first game was fun because it was a labor of love. We stumbled onto the game idea while experimenting with various rocket car game modes and just kept adding more to it until we couldn’t stop playing it. We tried to convince publishers this was amazing fun but it was too weird for them to take a risk on. So we just made it for ourselves… slowly over time in between other projects until we felt we could publish it ourselves.
This has absolutely carried over as we never let go of the idea that this game deserves to be huge. We also grew in size here so the quality we could do, the dedicated servers and matchmaking, everything could be dialed up to 100. This version is even better because we were not only making it for oursleves but for our existing dedicated community who know the game as least as well as we do.
Rocket League is due out later this year and has been slated for a Summer release.