With Roller Champions, Ubisoft presents its own competition to Rocket League. Instead of playing soccer in cars, however, the game involves guiding the ball around a circular arena on roller skates and scoring goals. The action game planned for early 2020 will be available as a demo for two more days.
Rocket League with roller skates and only one goal
< p class="p text-width">Getting started with Roller Champions is easy: the controls designed for controllers are clear and easy to learn, and the game itself is free. There are no complex gameplay mechanics: players can accelerate, jump and brake; It is also important to duck at the right moment: high speeds can only be achieved if, after accelerating and in a high position, you crouch and race into the lower center of the lane. The latter is always arranged as a closed oval, whereby only the scenery around it is influenced by different locations.
There is also a circular gate hanging from the wall on one of the longer sides of the oval. However, to score points it is not enough to throw the ball into the latter; before that, a lap through the arena must be completed with the ball in possession of one's own team. The three team members can throw the ball to each other or lose it to the opponents who are pushing. There are more points if several rounds are completed without losing the ball.
The greatest challenge of the game is therefore often the team play: If there is no such thing or if team members crave going it alone, the round is as good as lost. When played, some rounds consisted of only five consecutive goals by the same team, which ultimately won the game within a few minutes, which quickly raised the question of long-term motivation. With that, the developers want to rely entirely on cosmetic adjustments: Your own character can be fully individualized with skins, which was not possible in the demo.
Demo with preliminary system requirements
That these skins will also be available for real money in the final game , is probably certain: Roller Champions will launch on PC as a free-to-play title early next year. The game can be played as a demo via Uplay until June 14, 2019 at 4 p.m. The trial includes two locations and six characters.
Update 05/22/2022 15:39
Almost three years later, Roller Champions is scheduled to be released on May 25, 2022, as Ubisoft announces. The free-to-play sports game will be released with cross-play on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S and PC. At a later date, Ubisoft wants to submit Roller Champions for the Nintendo Switch as well, but there is no release date yet.