Fortnite Rocket Racing: Release date, cars, tracks and Rocket League crossover explained
Fortnite is getting three new modes this week, with Rocket League developer, Psyonix, hinting at an upcoming Rocket Racing mode.
Fortnite Chapter 5 is packed with content, and Epic is doing its best by enlisting the studios it has acquired over the years to develop some new modes, including the upcoming car racing mode.
After a very successful end to Chapter 4, Fortnite wrapped things up with The Big Bang event over the weekend which gave us a sneak peek at the three upcoming game modes that Epic Games is adding this week. There’s a Lego Fortnite mode, which is set to be an open-world experience inspired by Minecraft; Fortnite Festival, a music mode developed by Rock Band creator Harmonix; and Rocket Racing, developed by Rocket League subsidiary Psyonix.
The Rocket Racing mode comes alongside Fortnite Chapter 5’s introduction of a new car class (plus musical instruments and Fortnite Festival Jam tracks). Players can build cars from the three new types of locker items: bodywork, decals, and wheels. Lego Fortnite hasn’t been left behind either; There are over 1,000 Fortnite Lego skins coming to the game, and don’t forget the free Lego Insiders Fortnite skin – Explorer Emilie.
Here’s everything we know about the new Fortnite Rocket Racing mode so far.
Fortnite Rocket Racing: Release Date
Fortnite Rocket Racing release date is Friday 8 December. Fortnite updates typically occur around 2 PM GMT / 9 AM EST / 6 AM PT, but based on the Lego Fortnite release time, Rocket Racing and Fortnite Festival will likely follow suit. This puts the Fortnite Rocket Racing release time at 12 noon GMT / 7 am EST / 4 am PT. If Epic confirms a firm release date for Rocket Racing, we’ll let you know.
Fortnite Rocket Racing: Cars and Skins
In addition to the new category of cosmetics available to customize your Fortnite vehicles, your Rocket Racing car collections will also consist of any vehicles you own in Rocket League, according to Hypex who shared this nugget on Twitter. Players will be able to take their Rocket League vehicles into their Fortnite Rocket Racing garage and customize them there. All you have to do is link your Rocket League account to your Epic Games games, which you can do on the account linking page. You can also get a free Octane car and OEM wheels from Rocket League when you link your accounts.
Keep in mind that some Rocket League cars may be limited editions, so if you don’t own the car in game, it won’t appear in Fortnite; Unless it appears in the Item Shop or as part of the Battle Pass.
Rocket Racing cars consist of three components: cars, decals, and wheels. You can purchase or obtain these parts from the Battle Pass. If there are other ways to get it, we’ll let you know as soon as we hear about them. Here are all the Rocket League cars in Fortnite Rocket Racing, available when the mode launches on Friday, December 8.
- Scorpio (Battle Card)
- Hurricane (unlocked in Rocket League)
- Jager 619 (unlocked in Rocket League)
- Octane (unlocked in Rocket League)
- Lamborghini Huracan STO (unlocked in Rocket League and Item Shop)
Twitter leaker @iFireMonkey says the Rocket Racing Lamborghini will be coming to the Item Shop on Saturday, December 23, so if you haven’t unlocked it in Rocket League, keep an eye on the Item Shop rotation in a couple of weeks! If you purchase it in Fortnite, it will unlock in Rocket League as well. This is supposed to be the case with most Rocket Racing Rocket League skins, but the leaker explained that not every item will get “cross-game treatment with Rocket Racing.”
Fortnite Rocket Racing: Map and Tracks
Although nothing official has been dropped yet, the new Fortnite Rocket Racing Twitter account has dropped teasers for upcoming Rocket Racing tracks, some of which look particularly suspicious. Of course, our trusty group of leakers have already put together a list of Fortnite Rocket Racing tracks, which are divided into three categories: Beginner, Advanced, and Expert. Taken from the upcoming Rocket Racing mode selection screen, here’s the full list of Rocket Racing maps and tracks coming to Fortnite this week when the new mode drops (via @ShiinaBR on Twitter):
Rocket Race Tracks: Beginner
- Drift today
- Bone cave
- Winding canyon
- Lazy lake
- Chaos arcs
- the dust
- K2 race track
Rocket Race Tracks: Advanced
- Cliff Runner
- Blessing bird
- Bone Cave 2
- Wind road
- Fun stopping point
Rocket Race Tracks: Expert
- inclined road
- Winding valley 2
- Airborne 2
- Chaos Arcs 2
- Dust 2
- Flying pond 2
- Cliff Runner 2
Expect more Rocket Racing tracks to appear, with Epic promising an “ever-growing collection of tracks.”
Fortnite Rocket Race: Game
Fortnite Rocket Racing isn’t as polished as you’d hope. Psyonix’s Rocket League implements some crazy gameplay physics system but that seems somewhat lacking here. If anything, Rocket Racing seems to have a lot in common with the PSP’s top-down 2D racer of the same name; It sees players racing around a track, grinding up walls with minimal controller input available and no other powers to speak of – although in-game physics are a key component of navigating the tracks.
Rocket Racing is described as an arcade racer with “drift, flight and boost” being the main mechanics available to players. The gameplay we’ve seen so far also includes an air dodge for driving on the ceiling, boost drift, thrusters, focus, and turbo to move faster. You can also bump into other players to cause a little chaos.
There’s been a general air of disappointment about Rocket Racing’s gameplay (this subreddit is just one of many threads covering this topic) that we’ve seen so far, especially given Psyonix’s involvement; Rocket League is very popular, and aside from the look of the car, there doesn’t seem to be much of the gameplay from Rocket League present in Rocket Racing.
Fortnite Rocket Race: Age Rating
While Fortnite’s overall age rating is PEGI 12 – which covers the game’s Battle Royale and Save the World modes – the three new modes have a separate rating assigned to each. The same goes for the ESRB ratings which are in the teens for both. The age rating for Fortnite Rocket Racing is not listed on the respective sites at the moment, but the official Twitter account has the age rating for Rocket Raging as ESRB: E for All in the account description; This indicates that the content is appropriate for all ages, though it may include “minimal cartoons, fantasy, mild violence, and/or infrequent use of mild language,” according to the ESRB ratings guide.
The Rocket Racing PEGI rating isn’t advertised anywhere, but it’s safe to assume that the ESRB E rating will translate to PEGI 7 (suitable for young children ages 7 and up) or PEGI 3 (suitable for all age groups). Epic listed the ESRB ratings for all three modes in a blog post and given that the ESRB is the lowest rating, this indicates that the content is intended for “everyone”, and these two seem to be the most likely options when it comes to Rocket Racing’s PEGI rating.