Rocket League Season 4 introduces new tournament modes
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Rocket League Season 4 starts on August 11, and with it come some improvements to its tournament mode. One of most notable arrivals is a 2v2 tournament option, along with extra tournament modes.

Currently, tournaments are only available in 3v3 format. A much-requested feature for tournaments has been to have more of them running on a given day, and for them to contain more modes. Already teased in the community update on Reddit, Psyonix has now confirmed that 2v2 tournaments are coming, while extra modes will rotate per day. These will switch between Hoops, Snow Day, Rumble and Dropshot.

Rocket League tournaments to become more frequent and varied

With more modes come more tournaments. One community gripe with the feature previously, was that there weren’t enough of them per day, so Psyonix is increasing their frequency. Currently, there are 78 scheduled tournaments per week. In Rocket League Season 4, there will be 143 per week.

Rank restrictions are also being introduced. Players of any rank can play with one another in a tournament, but with Rocket League Season 4, that is being restricted slightly. While a higher-ranked player can still play with two lower-ranked players in a 3v3 tournament, they can no longer queue up together with just two players, if their ranks are too far apart. This is to prevent mismatched teammate rankings when players are added via matchmaking.

“It ends up being a bad experience for that third player,” said Grady Standard, Senior Game Designer at Psyonix. “For those cases, you’ll either have to find a third player and play in a full group, which we’ll still allow, or go play in a 2v2 tournament or some set of 2s.”

Besides more tournaments and new modes, Rocket League Season 4 also introduces some quality-of-life updates to tournaments. These include displaying your tournament rank on the home page, along with a sleeker tournament history page.

No 1v1 tournaments – for now

On the 1v1 front, Psyonix is not including a tournament mode there for now. While the team aren’t against it and want to keep expanding the feature, all they could say is “maybe someday.” However, they did note that they are listening to community feedback and will continue to monitor the response to the updates.

Rocket League Season 4 begins on Aug. 11. For the final weekend of the previous season, from Aug. 5 through Aug. 9, Double XP has been enabled to help players reach their desired Rocket Pass tiers before it’s too late. When Season 3 wraps up, players will receive animated decals as their seasonal reward.

Michael Kloos is a Dutch esports journalist and enthusiast with a particular like of Rocket League and VALORANT. He is also an avid fantasy/sci-fi reader and writer. He spends most of his time trying not to be in the real world.