Rocket League Set To Debut In China, Thanks To Tencent

by Robert Workman


Rocket League has proven to be incredibly popular in a number of markets, with Psyonix recently confirming that over 30 million players have taken part in the action. But now, the game is set to open up in an all new market – China.

The publisher has announced that it has reached a partnership with Tencent Holdings Limited, one of the biggest gaming companies in China, to bring the hit racing/soccer hybrid to Chinese gamers.

The game, which was announced during the Tencent UP 2017 Interactive Entertainment Press Conference, will feature the core Rocket League gameplay that players have come to know and love, according to the team, and it will be set as a free-to-play game, with items available for purchase – an interesting change of pace from the way that it’s set up here.

A release date hasn’t been set for the game just yet, but both Psyonix and Tencent have noted that “additional changes will be announced further along in the development,” so it may be happening later this year. For the time being, though, this is an extravagant opportunity for Psyonix, enabling the team to reach out to even more gamers, with an audience of millions looking to get into the ball-bumping action that players have come to know and love since the game’s launch a couple of years ago.

China is quite the game market – just ask anyone who’s seen how avid players get with League of Legends – or, for that matter, the millions invested in the game. Rocket League is sure to fit right in, even though it’s likely to appeal to a different kind of audience with its sports action. But if anyone knows how to market it, it’s Tencent, especially with its billion dollar empire consisting of hit mobile and PC games. Rocket League will easily fit into its portfolio.

We’ll bring you more news in terms of when the game is set to launch, and what platforms it’ll be released for (more than likely PC at the moment). But for now, congrats to Psyonix and Tencent for the landmark deal. We can’t wait to see what players drop in next.

Rocket League is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.