Rocket League Sideswipe is a potential mobile esports powerhouse

Rocket League Sideswipe is a new mobile iteration of the game that’s releasing soon. It brings rocket League to iOS and Android. This might also be an entry point for Rocket League mobile esports too however, in a similar route to League of legends Wild Rift.

Rocket League recently went free to play, letting a lot more players get into the game. It seems they’re taking that ease of access even further though by expanding to mobile.

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Rocket League SideSwipe

Rocket League Sideswipe is heading for release later this year. This is a completely new and standalone game. While in the Rocket League series, it is entirely separate from the regular game that players know. It will be exclusively available on mobile, scaling the action down a bit to suit that type of device.

Rocket League Sideswipe is going to be played quite a bit differently from regular Rocket League. Matches are shorter, at only two minutes long. They’re also limited to 1v1 and 2v2 player sizes. Then, there’s the different control scheme to consider. Controllers are possible on mobiles, but not so widely used outside of mobile esports. So the game will be available with touchscreen controls too. You’re also going to be seeing the action from a new angle, with a flatter side-on view.

The game is going to be bringing car customization along with both local and online play. This should make it easy to play with friends in the same ways you do on the regular Rocket League. Gameplay showed off so far has been limited, but it looks to keep most key aspects of Rocket League entirely intact.

Regional Alpha is ongoing in Australia and New Zealand between March 25-30, and you can sign up from your Play Store as long as your device uses Android 6.0 or newer and has least 2GB of RAM. The Beta should begin soon after in limited territories as well.

Rocket League Mobile Esports

Rock League Sideswipe might look like a thinner out version of the game, but it could also be an entry to mobile esports. The shorter match types also make it a potential easy game to watch and tune in and out of.

Developers have promised to maintain the advanced mechanics that are necessary for high tier play. So you’re still going to be able to compete competitive playing on the mobile game. It might be a kind of different skillset to the regular Rocket League. However, the title could make a promising push towards competitive Rocket League on the go.

A lot of different mainstream esports titles are taking a mobile option at the moment, most noticeably LoL and the launch of a Pokemon MOBA. Both look to enter the lucrative mobile esports market. Rocket League looks set to get in on this action when Sideswipe launches later this year. The game is having an eEarly Access period if you really can’t wait to get on board. It will be available in Australia and New Zealand for a limited time, only on Android via the Google Play Store. Players elsewhere and on iOS just have a little longer to wait.

In the end, the recent launch of ESL Mobile Open is good news for SideSwipe, as Rocket League will get an easy market to get into esports as soon as it launches. We might get it as a competitive title as soon as the ESL Mobile Open 2021 Fall season.

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