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Rocket League Costs $2 Million But Earns Nearly $50 Million

It's rapidly becoming the "Grease" of video games; i.e., massive payout for a very small budget.

According to a new story in The Wall Street Journal, Psyonix's popular Rocket League has now generated nearly $50 million in revenue since launching in July for PlayStation 4 and PC.

With a reported 8 million registered players and a few awards already in its pocket, one can call this game a smash hit. And it's all the more impressive because the developers spent "a little less than $2 million" over the course of two years to make it. If you didn't already know, Rocket League is the spiritual successor to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars, a solid yet under-performing title. Why didn't it sell well? Psyonix boss Dave Hagewood called it a "problem of awareness," as those who did play the game enjoyed it but not enough people bought it.

A whole lot of people are "aware" of Rocket League, though, and it helped that it started out as a free download for PlayStation Plus subscribers. Hagewood says "several million" copies of the game were downloaded during that promotional period, and Psyonix also sent copies of the game to popular YouTube and Twitch personalities. Seems to have all worked out, wouldn't you say?

Related Game(s): Rocket League

Tags: rocket league sales, rocket league ps4, psyonix

12/17/2015 11:13:53 AM Ben Dutka

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Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 1:31:46 PM

I'm absolutely addicted to this game and have been since it launched on PS4.

Congratulations Psyonix! You deserve the acclaim and the success for producing such a fun and simple game.

Here I am not having spent a solitary cent on the game. Well, they got my money on the next installment now at least!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 6:21:59 PM

Did you play the predecessor? If so, how much better is Rocket League?

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Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 10:19:25 PM

No, Ben, never did. So I couldn't say.

It's funny because sports and racing are two of my least-played genres but for some reason this mash-up of the two really got me hooked :)

edit/ The support and the community are great too. The cross-play with PC assures you can always find a game quickly.

Last edited by PoopsMcGee on 12/17/2015 10:29:03 PM

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Friday, December 18, 2015 @ 3:42:10 PM

A friend of mine liked the predecessor much better because of how weird and complex the "field"'s used to be. But he also likes how crazy you can get with the controls in the new one. (Tricks are easier to pull off and the physics are much better, obviously, although not perfect.)

This version has different "fields", but it's really just different skins. They're all essentially the same arenas.

It is a super fun game, but I got bored of it just playing on my own. Tons of fun with friends.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 2:52:15 PM

For having got it free on PS+, that's definitely an excellent number! What astonishingly excellent marketing they've done!

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Banky A
Thursday, December 17, 2015 @ 11:07:01 PM

Damn right. They deserve it. The old deserved it and the new.

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