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Rocket League kicks off Season 1, improves matchmaking with new patch out now

Last week we reported that Psyonix was hard at work on the latest patch for its surprise hit car-sports game Rocket League, and that it should be available in “two weeks or less.” It turns out that it was closer to “or less,” as the patch began rolling out yesterday.

The patch brings a number of new features and fixes to Rocket League, including improved matchmaking. “Ranked Solo Standard” has been added back to the Online match queue, and a “Find New Match” has been added to the end game screen in Ranked mode. PC players now also have the option to filter out those playing on the PlayStation 4.

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With the new patch also comes the start of a new season for Ranked mode. Leaderboards have been reset and Ranked Divisions have been added. Rank Points are earned or lost “based on Player skill rating, teammates’ skill, and the opponent’s skill,” just as with the Pre-Season rating, but now they change consistently throughout the season. Earning 100 RP will promote players to the next Division, while falling below 0 RP will demote them.

The list of ranked divisions is below:

  • Unranked
  • Bronze I
  • Bronze II
  • Bronze III
  • Silver I
  • Silver II
  • Silver III
  • Gold I
  • Gold II
  • Gold III
  • Platinum (Top 100 Players)

Psyonix says that players who make it into the Silver, Gold, and Platinum tiers will get special reward items at the end of the Season. Exactly when the end of the Season will be hasn’t been stated yet, but Season 1 will last for several months and Psyonix will announce the end date several weeks in advance.

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While being free on PlayStation Plus for the month of July certainly helped Rocket League in terms of popularity, Psyonix recently announced that the game had sold over 1 million units on the PC. The game won’t likely drop in popularity all that soon either, as the game is now being given for free to anyone who orders any of Valve’s upcoming hardware, including Steam Machines, the Steam Link, or the Steam controller.

For a look at the massive list of new features and changes in Rocket League version 1.05, see the patch notes on the game’s website.