Rocket League’s free ‘Hoops’ update may be slam dunk with NBA fans

A new basketball-themed game mode is coming to Rocket League on April 26, and players will soon be able to outfit their vehicles with official NBA team logos and colors as part of an upcoming DLC pack.

The free “Hoops” update adds a new playable arena that replaces Rocket League‘s soccer-styled goal zones with oversized basketball hoops, adding a new degree of challenge to developer Psyonix’s rocket-powered vehicular sports sim.

Psyonix notes that Rocket League‘s new “Dunk House” arena is built around aerial shots and wall-riding — advanced techniques that don’t often come into play during casual matches. Players will need to adapt their strategies accordingly in order to guide their team to victory.

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Basketball fans can support their favorite teams via the upcoming “NBA Flag Pack” premium DLC, which adds 30 new vehicle flags featuring the names and logos of real-world NBA teams. Pricing for the NBA Flag Pack has not yet been announced.

The upcoming Hoops mode is Rocket League‘s second major gameplay variant released in the wake of the game’s 2015 launch. Psyonix released a winter-themed hockey mode for Rocket League late last year, complete with a uniquely themed ice rink arena and an oversized puck that replaces the game’s default soccer ball.

Additional “mutator settings” included in recent Rocket League updates allow players to further customize matches with adjustable gravity and ball behavior, among other gameplay-altering tweaks.

Rocket League has seen frequent updates and DLC releases over the last several months, including the “Supersonic Fury” expansion and a Back to the Future-themed DeLorean vehicle pack. The game recently made its Xbox One debut, following up on its initial release for the PlayStation 4 and PC platforms.

Originally available exclusively through digital channels, Rocket League is due to hit retail across multiple platforms later this year.

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