Rocket League Going Free-to-Play Online on Nintendo Switch

Last month, Epic Games made the huge announcement that Psyonix’ hit eSport game Rocket League was soon going free-to-play across all platforms. According to a follow-up announcement today, we also found out that Nintendo Switch players will also be able to play online without the need for a paid Nintendo Online account.

“PlayStation Plus on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch Online will no longer be required for online play on those platforms.”

Epic Games

Today’s announcement also covered several other details about changes coming to the game, including the following:

  • Seasons and Rocket Pass will be on the same timeline moving forward.
  • New ranks: Grand Champion 1-3 and Supersonic Legend (highest).
  • New challenges for those brand new to Rocket League.
  • Rocket ID friend list will become Epic friend list.
  • New quick chats: Faking, Bumping, On your left, On your right, and Passing.
  • Default controls changes: Voice chat disabled and Air Roll set to left bumper.
  • Heetseeker mode available in private games.
  • Adding a new lower bot level under Rookie.
  • New hitbox size for Merc, making six overall hitbox sizes.
  • New songs: Rocket League X Monstercat remixes of fan favorites.
  • Solo Standard playlist going away after competitive season 14.

This will accompany other updates to Rocket League that were previously announced, including cross-platform progression, revamped tournaments, and a new way to do Challenges.

Again, the update does not have an exact release date, but they have said they are aiming for “mid September, and the launch of free to play will follow shortly after.”