Rocket League Sideswipe with its car soccer shenanigans launches globally for iPhone and iPad

Remember back in March of this year, when video game developer Psyonix made some waves when they announced a brand new car soccer (football) experience for mobile? That was some good news, especially for fans of the original Rocket League they’ve been playing on PC and consoles for years. Unfortunately, we didn’t know when, exactly, the game would launch. But, surprise! It’s here now.

Which means the mobile-focused car soccer experience is now live, across the globe, available for both iOS/iPadOS and Android. The title is a bit different than the PC and console version, especially in its visuals. Instead of offering up a fully 3D stadium, Rocket League Sideswipe is played in 2D.

There’s a catch, though. As noted today by 9to5Google, the game’s official global launch is technically in “preseason.” The first official season is set to launch at some point in the future, but Psyonix isn’t going out of its way to say when that will be. Still, even in preseason, players can jump into the car soccer action right now and build up their skills before the first season starts.

The new game is a smaller affair compared to the original, namely in that it will host 1v1 or 2v2 matches that last about two minutes in length. Sideswipe will boast online multiplayer. It’s a free-to-play title, so you won’t need to buy the title outright to jump in.

Here’s an important bit from the original press release Psyonix sent out earlier this year:

Rocket League Sideswipe will feature mobile controls that are easy to pick up whether you’re a master of Rocket League or a new player still learning your way around the field. Plus, there are advanced mechanics, just like Rocket League, for those who want to climb the Competitive Ranks. In the garage, Rocket League Sideswipe will have robust car customization similar to Rocket League. Players can also expect an online Ranking system for competitive play. We have a lot more to reveal about the game in the coming months as we get closer to release.

This game looks like a ton of fun, especially with the matches being so short. A nice way to bounce in, play a couple on a commute or waiting for something else to start happening, and then be on your way.

Do you think you’ll be checking out Rocket League Sideswipe?