Last year, around the time of E3, a new Ubisoft IP known as Roller Champions was leaked ahead of its official reveal. Pro Controller assets were also discovered, seemingly confirming the free-to-play team-based sports game for Switch.
Now, many months on, a Ubisoft press release has confirmed the game is indeed coming to Nintendo's hybrid platform.
Roller Champions is in development for Windows PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and mobile.
This was attached to the news that there'll be a closed alpha taking place on PC (via UPlay) from the 11th - 23rd March. The game is a development collaboration between Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Winnipeg, and Ubisoft Pune and is expected to launch in 2020.
Here's a description:
Roller Champions is a new sports sensation delivering exhilarating and fast-paced team PvP gameplay – on wheels. Two teams of three players are pitted against each other in arenas around the world, and players are cheered on by crowds of roaring fans as they acquire the ball, pass it to teammates and dodge and tackle opponents to score a goal in the illuminated hoop that appears above the rink.
Will you be trying out this new multiplayer game when it arrives on the Switch? Comment below.
....could be cool....?
Not too stoked on free to play games though if it’s got enough going without the need to get into micro transactions it could be rad..
Orange and Blue teams looks familiar...
by watching the video guessing the micro transactions are for character skins,trails, and animations for throwing ball into goal?
@CodyMKW Yeah probably not much different than rocket league lmao
Ugh... F2P. Thanks Fortnite.
And just in case it's not clear, no, I'm not actually grateful. I hate this trend.
I didn’t expect this to be f2p so that kills some of my enthusiasm.
@CodyMKW No, I dislike the whole system. Even if some games that use the system can be fun, I don't like the general idea.
And I blame Fortnite in particular because it's most likely the most successful F2P game outside of mobile titles.
The E3 PC preview was pretty lackluster. Did not last very long on my PC.
Yes! It will be the 90's again! Hehe
I honestly forgot this game was coming
@CodyMKW I've unlocked a lot of great gear for all classes without spending a dime. I've unlocked some pretty great weapons for the engineer including the AK9 which has high damage and range, and doesn't require premium currency to repair. There's no reason for me to spend a dime in warface, a lot of great stuff is easily unlockable.
@Heavyarms55 there have been some solid free to play games on the switch so far. The free Kirby game was a blast, I still play Asphalt 9 daily and warface has filled my SOCOM void. Those 3 titles are pretty solid. I hated the idea of free to play, until I tried the games. Wouldn't touch fortnite myself, but free to play isn't the devil like everyone is so paranoid about. Microtransactions in fully priced games are.
@cptspaulding Sorry but I don't agree. F2P is not a good system and it very much is the "devil like everyone is so paranoid about".
That doesn't mean I'm okay with microtransactions in full price games, those are worse.
But just because the systems are bad, doesn't mean you can't have a good game with a bad system.
@Heavyarms55 I don't see the big problem with free to play games. They cost you zero dollars to play, the ones that are obviously pay to win are easily avoidable and only easily manipulated adults and children are suckers for paying for premium skins and unnecessary content. Full priced titles are released consistently incomplete, and others have content hidden behind paywalls and held out for future DLC. This is the big problem in the gaming industry. Free to play is not. But we can agree to disagree. The beautiful thing about gaming in today's age, there's a lot of great stuff to choose from. It's just a shame the big publishers are releasing consistent garbage and expecting everyone to be ok with day one patches and future patches. If the game is free to play, and has problems, I have zero sunken cost and don't feel any obligation to continue playing. There are too many consumers that lie to themselves, and to others, because they dumped full retail price into a title that is broken in one way or another.
@cptspaulding It warps game design. F2P games are designed to encourage you to spend money or larger and larger amounts of time to unlock things. Secrets are far and few between because you can't exactly have secret purchases in games - they wont make any money.
There is literally nothing you can say to change my mind on this topic. I despise the whole system and resent its success. The more it does well, the more people use it and I don't want to see that happen.
I'd much rather have large DLC expansions like we've had with BOTW, Fire Emblem, Pokemon, Xenoblade, etc... than this vile F2P system of grind for hours and hours to unlock enough gold to buy the next story chapter or wait for timers to reset or pay money to unlock it right now, even though you already have the full game downloaded to your device, or worse yet, on physical media but cannot unlock it through regular gameplay.
This game looks like fun! I will try it out when it’s released!
Yawn. Very boring
Could be pretty cool. It's free so if it's not I can always delete it.
@Heavyarms55 Nobody is asking you to play.
Like it or not F2P is here to stay. When done right, it's hard to complain about it.
I quite like the f2p model - gives me a chance to try the game out first and is entirely up to me whether i spend and cash on it (have got hours if fun for £0 from Kirby, Go, Asphalt etc)
I tried the beta like one year ago on PC. The game were actually a bit fun in online multiplayer and controls were fast too.
So long as its not pushy about it I don't mind f2p experiences, the problems very few games get a good balance on that, or don't make the grind for stuff if your not dishing out money too extreme.
Cuisine Royals for example is a pretty decent game, very little flash, super fun, and never pushes you to spend money although the options there.
Could be good but it’s Ubisoft.....so expect a release date for the switch 1year after everyone else!
@YagaMaki Nope, it's always going to be very easy to complain about it. It's bad, anti-consumer design. But kudos to companies, who are raising kids to be used to it so they don't even know what they are missing anymore. Sad.
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