Hit vehicle-based soccer game Rocket League is swapping the football for the hand egg in an upcoming collaboration with the NFL. The Super Bowl LV event will see the introduction of a new limited time mode, special challenges, and the return of NFL Fan Packs from the end of last year. The event is set to run from February 2 until February 8.
During the event, players will be able to check out Gridiron – a four versus four arena that has seen its field transformed into an American football pitch, “complete with hash marks and the NFL logo at the 50-yard line.” The classic Rocket League ball has also been swapped out for an American football, which attaches to the roof of a player’s car when contact is made with it.
Like a rocket-propelled game of tag, the player with the ball will then be hounded by opponents looking for steals, although they can also hand-off the ball to teammates, or pass it to them by dodging. Although jumping is still possible in this mode, double jumping will cause the ball to drop.
If a player makes it into the opposing goal with the ball still attached, they’ll net themselves seven points. Meanwhile, goals scored through passing the ball into the net, or from a loose ball gone astray, are worth three points. Regardless of whether or not the ball is attached, own-goals are worth three points to the opposing team. Additionally, if you go beyond the boundary line marked on the arena wall, you’ll fumble the ball. A controlled performance is key.
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Event challenges will allow players to unlock the ‘Gridiron Guru’ player title, NFL wheels, and 20,000 XP. Meanwhile, the NFL Fan Packs which dropped at the end of last year will be making a return during the event, and can be purchased from the item shop as usual.