Roller Champions hands-on premiere: Ubisoft’s fun, F2P answer to Rocket League

Roller Champions hands-on premiere: Ubisoft’s fun, F2P answer to Rocket League

LOS ANGELES—During its E3 2019 press conference, Ubisoft revealed a previously leaked three-on-three sports game, Roller Champions. But the company still had a tidy surprise for anyone who already knew about this virtual take on roller derby: the game is now available to download and play as part of a limited, E3-timed online demo for free.

Based on a half-hour of hands-on time playing the game ahead of the conference, we strongly suggest anyone with a Windows PC and the UPlay game launcher—and an affinity for the virtual-sports action of Rocket League—do just that.

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Epic acquires Rocket League studio, bringing game to Epic’s store this year

Epic acquires Rocket League studio, bringing game to Epic’s store this year

Enlarge / The blue car represents Psyonix leaping over Steam’s… orange car? Look, it’s a loose metaphor. Work with me here, people.

In a surprise move today, Epic Games announced it has “signed a definitive agreement” to acquire San Diego-based Psyonix and its 132 employees, who make the hit car-based soccer game Rocket League.

As part of the deal, the PC version of Rocket League will be moving to the Epic Game Store “in late 2019,” Epic announced. “In the meantime, it will continue to be available for purchase on Steam; thereafter it will continue to be supported on Steam for all existing purchasers.” Psyonix says it will continue to sell and support Rocket League on other platforms, including the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch, going forward.

“In the short term, nothing will change at all!” Psyonix writes in a blog post accompanying the announcement. “We’re still committed

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