Rocket League has had a lot more sales than expected… which, for an online game, means server problems galore.

Since launch, 48 hours ago, 1.2 million people have apparently signed up for some car-based football (soccer, for Americans) action. For an online-focused game by a relatively indie studio, that’s… that’s quite a lot of people.

I suspect that the problem is exacerbated by two things: firstly, the game is currently free for all PlayStation Plus subscribers, which means that lots and lots of people on the PS4 are getting it for free and are happy to try it out for that price. Secondly, the game has cross-play between PC and PS4, which means that even more people are trying to access the same servers. However…

For the uninitiated, Rocket League is a physics-based football game in which everyone drives cars and the ball is like a massive bouncy beach ball. Two teams are each trying to get the ball into the opposing team’s goal. Wacky physics-related hijinks ensue as the cars drive, jump, and occasionally fly around the arena. And up the walls. And along the ceiling.

In all seriousness, it looks great, although the current server issues are obviously a bit problematic in terms of recommending the game to anyone. Keep an eye on the official Twitter account for updates on the server woes, and figure out for yourself if it’s worth a punt.

Tim McDonald
Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he's willing to admit. He's written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion - in all its various incarnations - for over a decade. When not writing about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He's also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man's only professional games journalist.

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