Rocket League may be on its way to other platforms if developer Psyonix has its way. The Xbox One is a likely candidate to receive the game, which currently is only available on PC and Playstation 4. Psyonix has confirmed that it is “looking into” bringing Rocket League to other platforms in an interview with GameZone.
“Now that the game is doing as well as its doing and people really want to see, we’ve focused on this,” said Jeremy Dunham, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Psyonix. “We’re now in a position that we can expand our team. We are absolutely, 100 percent going to other platforms. What those platforms are and when we’ll come to them, I don’t know yet.”
Rocket League originally launched only for PS4 and PC because of the small size of the team at Psyonix. They didn’t have the resources to port the game to Xbox One. It wasn’t due to any kind of licensing restrictions with Sony, as some people have suggested. During development, Dunham says there were actually only around 8-12 people working on the game. They’ve only just recently been able to add to that number thanks to Rocket League’s surprise success.
“The reason that we had to focus is because with that many people, and we’re perfectionists on top of that, we wanted to make sure the game ran well and that it had as many positive elements as possible, and that we weren’t just trying to port it to as many platforms as we possibly could just to try to maximize our profit,” Dunham said.
“We wanted to make [sure] that it was very good, very polished, that everybody liked it, and the only way we could ensure that was to focus on two platforms. Really, it’s a platform and a half because the way the PlayStation tools work is that it makes it a lot easier than say something like the PlayStation 3 to move development on PC where we started our alphas on this game over to PlayStation and start optimizing from there. So that was the main reason we’re only on those platforms.”
Now that Rocket League is doing so well, we can expect to see bigger and better things out of Psyonix. “If the game can work on the platform and we can responsibly get that game working on a platform, we will never say never to any of the platforms that are current-gen. Anything is possible.”
An Xbox One release is the logical next step. Dunham didn’t rule out the Wii U, but with the game causing the PS4 to heat up, it might be difficult to get it working with the Wii U’s limited hardware. Rocket League got its first DLC last week and there’s a free update on its way to the game soon.