Psyonix does not see Rocket League as a franchise
As Rocket League already adds 2 years of success, many believe that Psyonix is already preparing a new title, but in reality, their plans are very different. What we are referring to is that the studio does not see it as a franchise, but as a platform.
“We look at Rocket League as a platform, and not as a franchise for us to make very different versions of,” said Jeremy Dunham, vice president of distribution for Psyonix, in an interview with GamesIndustry. “Rocket League is a game that, as it expands, it is still the same game. It is not Rocket League Karts or Rocket League RPG. We don’t want to exploit the brand.”
Dunham explained that if they are to make another game, it has to be something completely new. “We want it to be its own thing that’s built on its own merit and its own expectations. It will have its own team, its own philosophies and it will be a separate thing.”
It is important to make it clear that Psyonix’s commitment to the Rocket League does not mean that it is disinterested in making new games. In the interview, Dunham confessed that they have a team focused on generating and exploring new ideas. That said, Rocket League has allowed them to have the creative and financial freedom they needed to be able to take their time.
“We were a company that would build a game like Rocket League on the side, because it was something we really cared about, while paying the bills by doing development work for other larger publishers. Now, because Rocket League has been so successful and allows us the flexibility to choose our own destiny, now we can say that we are a company that wants to make community-focused games. In fact, our position from leadership is ‘community first’,” he concluded.
Rocket League is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, but within a few months, you can also play it on Nintendo Switch.