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Rocket League Introduces New Maps Through Rocket Labs

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A map inspired by the original game will be among the first to be included.

Rocket League is getting a new playlist called Rocket Labs that lets players try out new maps. The first three maps available in the playlist will feature wildly different layouts from what has been seen in the past.

We visited Psyonix's studio last week to check out Rocket Labs. It'll be included in the upcoming February update and will let players try out prototype arena layouts which, according to the developer, will sport a virtual reality-inspired aesthetic--you can check them out in the video above. Player feedback will help decide which work-in-progress maps get final artwork assets applied to them.

The first levels you'll be able to try include Utopia Retro, which calls back to a circular map from Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars; Underpass, which features varied elevations for more aerial action; and Double Goal, which features two separate openings for each team's goals. Psyonix plans to release maps as they're created, but there's no set schedule for when new ones will be made available.

Just like the Wasteland and Snow Day maps, the Rocket Lab levels won't be immediately available in competitive playlists.

However, the February update brings Wasteland over to competitive playlists and adds the Snow Day mutator preset, the Puck ball type, and the Winter Stadium map as permanent additions to exhibition and private matches. If you're a fan of EDM, you can expect to see Deadmau5-themed items come to the game. And you'll finally be able to report players who are acting offensively, thanks to a new report function that will be accessible through the mid-game menu--this will send the full chat log to Psyonix for review.

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Rocket League is also adding a GameSpot community flag (pictured above) that you'll be able to fly on your own soccer car when it releases.

Rocket League is now available on PlayStation 4 and PC. It's coming to Xbox One sometime this month.

Rocket League has reportedly generated $50 million on a budget of just $2 million. It landed at the number five spot of Steam's best-selling games of 2015, beating out The Witcher 3 and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

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