Rocket League Hoops, the free basketball-inspired spin-off mode for Psyonix's future sports smash, is available now for free on the PlayStation 4. You should net the title's latest patch, v1.17, the moment that you boot up your console, which includes access to the new mode and arena. The update also includes support for all of the NBA flags, which are sold separately.
Having spent a few minutes with Hoops we have to say that we're not enormously enamoured with it, but we need to play more before we come to any concrete conclusions. What do you think of the new mode? Can you see what all of the hoopla's about? Target a three pointer in the comments section below.
Rocket League v1.17 Patch Notes
- The 'Hoops' 2v2 mode has been added as an unranked playlist, and is also available in Private Matches and Exhibition mode at any team size.
- Exhibition and Private Match now have a "Game Mode" selector. The mode you select determines which maps you can choose – for instance, "Hoops" can only be played on the "Dunk House" map.
- During Overtime, the in-game UI clock now counts upwards to indicate how long the overtime has lasted.
- New "Cosmic" Arena has been added to the "Rocket Labs" playlist
- After scoring in Free Play, there will no longer be a 3/2/1 countdown.
- 'Dunks' stats has been added with this DLC.
- When a player scores a basket/goal with any NBA flag equipped, it will increase your stat on that NBA flag.
- Players can now trigger an automatic replay save mid-game, so they don't have to wait until the match concludes and remember to save it then.
- Auto-Save is triggered by holding the activation button during gameplay. When triggered, the save will be queued and a message will appear in the chatbox indicating the action. A replay tick mark is automatically added to the replay at the timestamp the player triggered the autosave.
- Players can now manually name (and rename) replays.
- Select "Save Replay" at the end of game and the user can now provide a custom name.
- Users can also rename replays in the frontend.
- Mouse/Keyboard – A pencil icon appears when mousing over a replay. Clicking the Pencil brings up the rename dialog.
- Controller – Pressing Triangle button on the Replay menu brings up the rename dialog.
- Spectators will no longer see Camera Shake in Player View if the option is disabled
- Fixed a rare issue that would allow the ball to exit the arena