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Psyonix, a small gaming studio with less than a hundred employees, has something to be happy about today. According to the company’s Twitter announcement, their new game Rocket League, which July 7th, has reached over five million downloads. Five million. To put that in perspective, Rocket League has reached the same number of downloads in just over three weeks as the original Halo: Combat Evolved, Gear of War 1 & 2 and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past have each achieved in sales.
Of course, being mostly free has helped it immensely. Part of Playstation Plus’s free game program for subscribers, the game is available at no extra cost to subscribers of the service, but considering over 500,000 people have bought the game at $20 on Steam, including yours truly, it is a testament to the game’s fun and, hopefully, longevity.
Rocket League, for those who don’t know, is a physics-based soccer game that replaces players with rocket-powered cars and offers impressive, if mostly cosmetic, customization options. The sequel to Psyonix’s 2008 title Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, the game has received considerable acclaim from critics and touts being cross-platform with PC gamers, though there are considerable complaints about being able to party up across the platforms. The game’s success proves that there are still great ideas out there and that you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for it.
If you own a PS4 and haven’t picked it up yet, do so. If you don’t, and have a PC, shell out the $20. It’s worth more.