Game news Roller Champions: release date, gameplay… we take stock of the Ubisoft game
Roller Champions was officially announced at E3 2019 and had a bumpy production run. Developed by Ubisoft Montreal with help from Winnipeg and Pune, the arcade-focused sports software was originally slated for release in 2020 before being pushed back to 2021. In 2022 this fun rollerblades game will finally come out. Often compared to Rocket League, the Ubisoft title also plays the card of simplicity for instant fun. It remains to be seen if he has the right formula to succeed as well. A few days before release, we take stock of Roller Champions.
- What is Roller Champions? What are the rules?
- What are the specifics of the gameplay?
- What’s happening in terms of game modes?
- Is it possible to personalize your athlete?
- What is its business model?
- When and on which machines will Roller Champions be available?
What is Roller Champions? What are the rules?
Roller Champions is an arcade-oriented sports game with easy-to-learn rules and controls so everyone can start having fun quickly. Designed for multiplayer, it offers two teams of three athletes on rollerblades to compete in a circular arena.. The principle is simple: you have to catch a ball and then go through four gates in the stadium to make sure your team keeps the ball. When the small carousel is finished, a high gate opens. The player who manages to throw the ball in bids his team a point. The first team to score five points wins. But beware, the more a team manages to make laps in the stadium (by activating the 4 gates) before scoring, the more points they score. This means if a squad manages to complete 3 rounds (12 gates enabled) they get 5 points straight away for putting the ball in the basket. Of course, if the opposing team intercepts the ball, the lap count resets (and the gate closes).
What are the specifics of the gameplay?
Within the arena, where the six players compete for control of the ball, there are a handful of moves available to perform depending on the situation. In defense, a good tackle from the families is urgently needed to make the opponent lose possession. When attacking, you can dodge, dive, and of course, pass to dodge enemy attacks. At a high level, only teams that brilliantly combine these techniques succeed in defeating their opponents. Because the stadium track is curved, it’s a good idea to pick up speed on the descents and rebound to pass the ball on the walls. Finally it is possible to lean on the back of a teammate. This has the effect of sending the avatar into the air, bringing it closer to the goal.
What’s happening in terms of game modes?
Roller Champions offers 5 game modes: The first is Training, which, as the name suggests, offers the opportunity to perfect your playing style on a special map with various obstacles. The second is Quick Match, where players of the same level compete against each other via the matchmaker. Unsurprisingly, Custom Games are also on the menu to create your own sessions via multiple options (Teams, Bots, Arena, Voice Chat). The fourth mode is ranked play to climb the ranks and go from “Garage” to “Elite Champion”. Finally, the game service requires temporary modes to land regularly to keep fans interested.
Is it possible to personalize your athlete?
Yes, Roller Champions has an option that gives access to customization of his avatar. Customization enthusiasts will be pleased to know that they can change outfits (helmet, skates, gloves, jumpsuit), banners, titles, emotes and even special effects when they score a goal.
What is its business model?
Ubisoft’s app is free to play. It can therefore be downloaded for free, but it contains elements in its universe that can be purchased with real money. When Roller Champions goes live, it will land with a first season that includes a Roller Pass with 41 cosmetic rewards. Some items can be unlocked for free by playing the game, gaining fans, and completing sponsor challenges.
When and on which machines will Roller Champions be available?
Roller Champions will be released on May 25, 2022 for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Good news, Ubisoft’s title is cross-play and cross-progression. The French publisher states that its game will slide to other platforms such as Switch, Stadia, Amazon Luna, iOS and Android a little later.