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If only this Rocket League trailer were for a new game instead of a new car

Sometimes, the trailer is better than the thing the trailer is promoting. In the video embedded above, an Aston Martin Valhalla supercar races through the streets of London chasing a giant bouncing ball, and then switches on its rocket engines—which can't be great for the hybrid's fuel efficiency—and flies over the Westminster Bridge. It looks like Rocket League poured into the mold of classic Rockstar Games racer Midnight Club.

Sadly, the trailer isn't for a new game. It's promoting a premium Rocket League car body based on one of the Aston Martins that appears in new Bond movie No Time to Die. It'll be available in the Rocket League item shop on October 7 for 1,100 credits, or in a 2,000 credit bundle that also includes the 1963 Aston Martin DB5

Like the McLaren 570S Rocket League body I never use, the Valhalla mostly isn't customizable. You'll be stuck with the included Aston Martin wheels and decal, which can't be equipped to other cars. It's a cool-looking vehicle, sure, but how can its boring paint job hope to compete with my car's animated ice floe decal and mist-emitting snowflake wheels? It simply cannot.

If Psyonix ever makes a new game, though, it could do a lot worse than a street racer with Rocket League's car handling. I'm not sure exactly how they'd incorporate aerials or whether a giant ball should continue to play a role, but since Rocket League 2 doesn't really make sense—what's it going to add, offsides calls?—Rocket League racing feels like the obvious route. There are already player-made Rocket League tracks that explore the concept.

Then again, maybe I'm not being adventurous enough here. What would Rocket League with offsides calls look like? Or to throw out all pretense that it's a soccer game, how about Rocket League, but the field is the size of the Great Plains, and giant teams have to move the ball for miles, like in Jon Bois' vision of American football in the year 17776? The concept of cars playing sports that people normally play clearly hasn't been explored enough. 

(A digression: It bugs me that Pixar created a world populated by sentient cars, and then decided that the sport all the cars are into is... car racing. I guess it would be hard to animate cars playing baseball or rugby, but there are movies about a Golden Retriever that plays basketball, football, soccer, baseball, and volleyball, so I think you could do it.) 

For now, we just have a good trailer for a James Bond car you can buy. I also expect a teaser for Haunted Hallows, Rocket League's yearly Halloween event, to activate pleasant autumnal feelings within the next few weeks—it's my version of pumpkin spice.

Tyler Wilde

Tyler has spent over 1,200 hours playing Rocket League, and slightly fewer nitpicking the PC Gamer style guide. His primary news beat is game stores: Steam, Epic, and whatever launcher squeezes into our taskbars next.