It’s been a hell of a year for Psyonix and Rocket League but things haven’t quite finished for 2016 as a new space themed update will soon be with us – the Starbase ARC.

Available for download from 7th December 2016, Starbase ARC will bring a new free arena and a premium Battle-Car, the Vulcan, to hit it with. The Vulcan will set you back just $1.99, and looks rather damn neat.

Starbase ARC, is a homage to Psyonix’s critically-acclaimed mobile title, ARC Squadron. Running as an octagonally-shaped space station orbiting a desert planet in a distant galaxy, you’ll find that lasers fire whenever goals are scored, starships battle it out in the skies, and planetoids float eerily by in the distance to create one of the most epic Rocket League atmospheres yet.

For free, we really can’t complain and it allows us to be tempted in even more by the super cheap premium DLC car. The Starbase ARC update will also come with a custom training mode, one of the most requested community features of all time. This will also be free and allows players to create their own training sequence where they can name, design, edit, and upload their sequences for other Rocket League players to access via alphanumeric code.

Additionally, should you be playing on PC, Starbase ARC updates include new Steam Workshop support that allows Unreal Engine 3 UDK users to create custom levels for the game (details found here), a new ‘Champion Series IV’ Crate that helps support Rocket League® esports initiatives (packed with new, exclusive items and an import version of ‘Octane’), two variants of existing arenas — ‘Wasteland (Night)’ and ‘Utopia Coliseum (Snowy),’ free visual redesigns for classic Battle-Cars, ‘X-Devil’ and ‘Gizmo,’ a new ‘Color Blind Mode,’ and the long-awaited debut of an ‘Arena Preference’ selector that allows players to “Like” or “Dislike” all fields in the game to increase or decrease the odds of the playing on them again in online matches.

Rocket League is, quite simply, one of the best games you can currently get your hands on. When Psyonix deliver free content, that just serves as a purpose to drop back in and fight it out in even more matches. Have a read of our full review of the game here, and then fire it up for even more enjoyment.

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