With Super Bowl LV coming up next month, Rocket League developer Psyonix has announced a new celebration event that’ll let you play a new limited-time gameplay mode. Dubbed Gridiron and only available between February 2nd and 8th, it’s a four-on-four contest that sees the usual Rocket League arena transformed into an NFL field, complete with matching football.
It also tweaks the standard rules of the game. Any player who touches the ball becomes the carrier. That opens up the opportunity for you to pass the football to one of your teammates, but it also means that the opposing team can steal it from you just as easily. You score three points if you pass the ball into your opponent’s goal, and seven if you instead carry it into the zone. Own-goals are only ever worth three points.
Outside of the new mode, Psyonix has other plans around Super Bowl LV. You’ll have the chance to earn additional titles and bonus experience by completing three separate event challenges over the same timeframe. Additionally, the NFL Pack, which was available for a short time in December, is back. The bundle allows you to deck out your car in the colors of your favorite NFL team.
Five years after its initial release, people continue to find reasons to return to Rocket League, and it’s updates like this that are part of the reason. After going free-to-play in September, the game’s season two update come out at the end of 2020, adding a new arena, customization options and original music from Kaskade.