'Rocket League' Gets Free Weekend, Steam Sale

Psyonix announced that Rocket League, its soccer-meets-race-cars game released in 2015, is free to play via Steam from May 5-7. The company also cut the rice of the game's various purchase options--single copy, four-pack, and Game of the Year Edition--by 30% for the weekend.

Rocket League has become something of a hit. Psyonix Studios announced in April that it now has 30 million players--a number that includes all the people who got it free as part of their PlayStation Plus membership, sure, but still nothing to sneeze at. Now you'll have a chance to experience the game for free on PC and, if you like its hectic mix of sports and over-the-top driving, pick it up for just 70% of the normal asking price.

In case you aren't familiar with the game: Rocket League tasks you with scoring against other players or teams by pushing giant balls into their zones with your vehicle. You'll have to navigate various arenas, skillfully time your boosts to get the most momentum, and carefully line up shots on the opposition's goal without pushing the ball into your own. Every match is as ridiculous and infuriating as it is hilarious and satisfying.

This strange mix of sports and racing won over enough people to make Rocket League one of the best-selling Steam games of 2016, right next to Civilization VI, Dota 2, and other well-known titles. You can buy the game now for $14--the four-pack and Game of the Year Edition are $42 and $18, respectively--instead of the usual $20. And, because it supports cross-network play, you can play with both PC and Xbox One owners.

If you're looking for something a little more serious to play this weekend, Ubisoft is offering a free trial for The Division until May 7, too.

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NameRocket League
TypeSports, Racing
PlatformsPC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Where To BuySteamPlayStation StoreXbox StoreAmazonBest BuyTargetWalmartGameStop
Release DateJuly 7, 2015
Nathaniel Mott
Freelance News & Features Writer

Nathaniel Mott is a freelance news and features writer for Tom's Hardware US, covering breaking news, security, and the silliest aspects of the tech industry.

  • Justin_204
    Good thing they cut that rice. However will we eat.
  • drinkingcola86
    Last I saw it was PC and PS4 cross play with steam.
  • kenyee
    it's really hard to cut rice...the grains are so small. :-)