Month: January 2017

The Origin of Snow Day and Why It Remains in Rocket League’s Playlists

In late 2016, Noclip published a two-part documentary on YouTube that looks into the origin of Rocket League and how the game was developed. Around 17:13 into the second part, Corey Davis, Design Director at Psyonix, is asked how Snow Day was created. Not only does he explain how the mode was created but why it returned after being removed from the playlists.

“That one, again I wish we could say it was a master plan,” Davis says. “One of our artists had made this really cool snowy iced-over map version of the default map DFH Stadium. And we we’re going to release it as a holiday thing because that’s what you do right? When you’re a big game you have a holiday event! And we we’re joking…..we have these things on Fridays called ‘Beer Friday’ where we hang out after work, drink and talk.”

“We we’re like ‘It would be cool if there was like a puck’ and I think we threw that in, in two hours and then play-tested on Monday and shipped it out. It was very lightly designed. The puck wouldn’t bounce very much and it would kind of stick and it was fun enough. We said we’d throw it in and see what people think of it. We had no inkling that there would be this weirdly devoted subset of players that only play snow day.

“Our plan was to take it away to have it be, much like a brawl and other games, like a seasonal mode that would come and go every Winter. We took it out in February and there was this revolt on Reddit so we thought ‘well it doesn’t cost us anything to leave it in so…’. It’s a very hardcore couple thousand of people where that’s all they play.”

The documentary is well done and I encourage you to watch it in its entirety to see how Rocket League and Snow Day was created. You can watch part 1 and part 2 for free on YouTube. Speaking of the RHL, keep an eye out for a post in the coming weeks from the founders on the history of Snow Day and the origin of Rocket Hockey League.

RLXL Winter Classic Raises $3,539.90 For Shalthis

The RLXL Winter Classic charity event was held this past Saturday generating nearly $3,540 for Shalthis bringing his GoFundMe campaign total to $12,753 of $25K. Team vel won the European bracket while Team Pluto won the North American bracket. Team Pluto consisted of Pluto, RVP, and King Wizard. Team vel consisted of vel, Bluey, and Fyshokid.

There were no prizes awarded for first place outside of bragging rights as it was a charity event. Shalthis published a couple of Tweets expressing his gratitude towards the community, RLXL organizers, and the event itself.

Still Time To Win A Custom PC From NZXT

One of the awesome giveaways for this year’s event is a S340 Elite PC from NZXT. There are four days left to enter the giveaway. To enter, perform one or more of the social media tasks listed on this page. A winner will be announced in four days.

Highlights From The Event

Team vel put together a YouTube video showcasing highlights from their team during the event.

Team ICE performed an incredible team play in a match during the group stages that was not streamed.

ICE Redwood hit this incredible poolshot in a match during the group stages.

One of the highlights for Team ICE during the event was the opportunity to play with G2 Kronovi, RLCS Season 1 champion. He was respectful and answered our questions on Discord related to high level play. While Team ICE didn’t make it into the second round of the playoffs, playing with and speaking to Kronovi was an awesome experience.

Team ICE Playing With G2 Kronovi in a Pub Match

Thank you to everyone who helped organize this event. However, Shalthis needs additional funds to reach his goal. If you have the means to do so, please consider donating. Let us know in the comments what you thought of the event. To re-watch the event in its entirety, check out the following video.

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Season Three Rewards, When Season Four May Start, and New Rank Tiers

In a post that’s been a long time coming, Psyonix, the creators of Rocket League, published information on its blog today that shows off rewards for Season 3 and has details on when Season 4 may start. Season three’s rewards are wheels for Prospect, Challenger, Rising Star, and Champion ranks with Grand Champions receiving the coveted Season 3 Grand Champion Title. The champion wheels have a similar tread pattern and lightning animation to the purple lightning wheels.

Purple Lightning wheels.

Wheels will be awarded based on the highest rank achieved in any of the competitive playlists. So if you reached Champion at any point during Season 3, you’ll receive the Champion wheels and wheels from the lower ranks even if you stopped playing a competitive playlist for 30 days and your rank changed to unranked.

Season 4 Details

Season 4 will begin in early April but since it’s tied to a major game update, the date is flexible, “Once Season 4 starts, we will be moving to a more regular Competitive Season schedule — something we’ll go into detail on closer to the beginning of the next season,” Devin Connors says.

Unlike Season 3, Season 4 will have a Soft Reset requiring players to go through a few qualifier matches to re-calibrate their rank. Speaking of ranks, Season 4 is changing the ranking system again and reintroducing tiers that will be familiar to Season one players.

Season 4 Ranks and Tiers
Season 4 Ranks and Tiers

Psyonix developers have been busy fielding questions related to the news on the Rocket League subreddit and have shared additional details. According to Psyonix_Corey, Divisions between tiers will remain but there will be less than 5 because the skill ranges in each are narrower. He later clarifies that each Tier will have four divisions. Not all users are happy with the change in tiers, “Am I the only one slightly disappointed that we are going back to generic tier names? I actually preferred the unique Rocket league ones,” Reddit user Chillingo said.

“I hear ya, but we really felt we needed to expand the number of skill tiers and didn’t feel good about asking people to remember even more ‘unique’ names. I’ll personally miss the flavor as well, but we felt it was the better call with the move to more tiers” Psyonix_Corey responded. As for the Grand Champion emblem being different from all others, Psyonix_Devin says it’s meant to be different and represents the top of the mountain.

Psyonix developers say more information about Season 4, new content, and the ranking system, will be published as the release date draws near.

Stage 5 Is Being Extended Again Until January 26th

Teams in Silver Qualifier Group C that have not completed your matches, please do so immediately. From Stage 4, two teams, @TeamWANG and @NoCapes! have advanced to the Playoffs, for finishing in the top 2 for the final Gold Group of Season 1. From Stage 5 so far, 4 of out of 6 remaining Playoff spots have been determined. @Atlas FireWall @Megatroid Skittles @Team ICE @Most Wanted

Thanks to all of the teams for participating. The next stage is the playoffs! Surveys will be going out to Captains of all teams that are potentially going to the Playoffs to determine the best time to hold them. Good luck and have fun!

Teams Highlighted in Orange Are in The Playoffs
Teams Highlighted in Orange Are in The Playoffs

The Winter Classic to Benefit Shalthis

A few days ago, Shalthis (Stephen Perry) joined the RHL Discord server and received a warm welcome from our community.

Shalthis on the RHL Discord Server
Shalthis on the RHL Discord Server

According to Rocket League Subreddit user CloudFuel, “Shalthis was one of the very first casters to come into Rocket League, was one of the original community Power Rankers, was one of the first casters to join Rocket League Central (casting several hype early events like the Gfinity Invitational, the first iteration of Rocket Royale, and the RLC Pro League), coordinated/casted the first Rocket League charity event: The Winter Classic, worked with several orgs/groups in the community to help build the esports scene, designed gfx for a some community members, and was just an overall joy to have in the community.”

In April of 2016 while on a trip in Arizona, Shalthis suffered a massive stroke at the age of 35. Since then, he’s been in the hospital recovering and slowly making progress with speech and physical therapy. His wife has set up a GoFundme campaign to help generate the funds necessary to bring him home, “Because of Steve’s current condition, he requires medical transport in order to come back home,” She said.

“I have contacted several places and the cost of travel to bring Steve back home via air ambulance is roughly $25,000. This cost covers the use of a pilot and medical staff to monitor Steve in addition to the use of the medical equipment during the flight and the use of the plane itself, including the cost of the jet fuel required for the trip. Steve would need to take an ambulance to and from the airport, and this cost is included in the above figure. Unfortunately, the insurance company will not cover the cost of the trip, which puts the burden of the cost to bring him back home solely on me.

Due to insurance reasons, I am unable to move Steve until the beginning of 2017 and I would like to have him transferred as soon as I can arrange everything. This move will require quite a bit of communication and paperwork to get everything set up, but I am hoping I can arrange it by mid to late January.”

RLXL Winter Classic to Benefit Shalthis

Rocket League XL is a charity organization started by members of the community to collaboratively host charity events for the Rocket League scene. During its first event, the organization raised $10,000 for Extra Life.

Shalthis organized and casted the first Rocket League charity event named: The Winter Classic. He is unable to cast this event so the team is continuing the tradition in his honor this Saturday where all proceeds will be donated to his GoFundme campaign. Details for the event are listed below.

We highly encourage you to tune in and watch the event and if you can, please donate to help Shalthis get home.