Ubisoft has confirmed they are developing a free-to-play multiplayer title called Roller Champions.
Roller Champions is based on roller derby, but don’t expect to see too many similarities between this version of the concept and the real thing besides some of the basic rules. Actually, the game’s sci-fi overtones and implied pace of play suggest that it’s actually borrowing much more from Rocket League.
The basic idea is that two teams of three players must make a lap around the arena with control of the ball before they attempt to score a goal. Of course, other players are going to be trying to stop you from doing that via any means possible. Anyone who doesn’t have control of the ball is free to try to knock down anyone in their way.
The first team to score five points is the winner, but if that doesn’t happen before the match’s 7-minute time limit is up, then the team with the most points is declared the winner. Should there be a tie, then the game goes into sudden death with the first team to score a goal being declared the winner. The whole set-up leads to a fast-paced experience that is, again, similar to Rocket League.
Roller Champions will be a free-to-play game, but it’s not clear at this point exactly how that is going to work in terms of microtransactions. If this game does continue to follow the Rocket League formula, then it’s likely that we’ll be treated to a series of cosmetic DLC releases with the occasional substantial piece of content coming down the line.
You can play the Roller Champions beta from June 10-14 on PC, but there’s no word regarding when the full game will be released or which platforms it will eventually be released on. However, it sounds like it will likely make its way to the usual suspects of the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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