Rocket League's Hoops update has released a day early

Rocket League's basketball themed update was supposed to come out on April 26, but apparently it was released an entire day early, and much to my shame I've managed to completely miss it.

Thankfully, patches aren't well known for running away (they're mostly about kicking people down holes), so if you're like me and managed to somehow remain oblivious to the Hoops update, here are the patch notes:

General Changes

The “Hoops” 2v2 mode has been added as an unranked playlist, and is also available in Private Matches and Exhibition mode at any team size.

Exhibition and Private Match now have a “Game Mode” selector.  The mode you select determines which maps you can choose – for instance, “Hoops” can only be played on the “Dunk House” map.

During Overtime, the in-game UI clock now counts upwards to indicate how long the overtime has lasted.

New “Cosmic” Arena has been added to the “Rocket Labs” playlist

After scoring in Free Play, there will no longer be a 3/2/1 countdown.

Stats

“Dunks” stats has been added with this DLC.

When a player scores a basket/goal with any NBA flag equipped, it will increase your stat on that NBA flag.

UI/ UX

Players can now trigger an automatic replay save mid-game, so they don’t have to wait until the match concludes and remember to save it then.

Auto-Save is triggered by holding the activation button during gameplay.  When triggered, the save will be queued and a message will appear in the chatbox indicating the action.  A replay tick mark is automatically added to the replay at the timestamp the player triggered the autosave.

Players can now manually name (and rename) replays.

Select “Save Replay” at the end of game and the user can now provide a custom name.

Users can also rename replays in the frontend.

Mouse/Keyboard – A pencil icon appears when mousing over a replay.  Clicking the Pencil brings up the rename dialog.

Controller – Pressing Triangle button on the Replay menu brings up the rename dialog.

BUG FIXES

Spectators will no longer see Camera Shake in Player View if the option is disabled

Fixed a rare issue that would allow the ball to exit the arena

Besides the new game mode that really is as fun as it sounds, the feature I'm most delighted with is the camera that now follows your car after you score, rather than the ball, meaning there's finally a way to show off your fancy cosmetics without it occurring at 200km/h in mid-air. That is, if you manage to overcome the small issue of needing to actually score goals yourself.

The patch itself is completely free, but if you're so inclined you can buy 30 NBA themed flags for $2 USD. That's total, not each! To top it all off, you actually get a free NBA flag by simply logging in to Rocket League, so there really isn't much you can complain about this one.

As a final note, here's the trailer showcasing the basketball game mode and how the fancy flags look in action:

 

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