Beginning on May 6, 2017, Rocket League will introduce a new range of its now classic Loot Crates - the Nitro Crate. Being the day before, we've only been given vague hints of what to expect inside these lock boxes - but we can at least share the knowledge and decide what we're going to aim for.
For those who might not have hopping into their rocket-powered battle car for quite some time, what exactly is a Nitro Crate or a Loot Crate at all? Well, if you've played basically any other popular multiplayer game over the last few years, you've probably already come into contact with them in some for or another. MMOs, Overwatch, League of Legends and even Call of Duty and Battlefield use them to some extent.
Loot crates are essentially items you find within a given game that hold a pre-determined amount of mostly randomised items within them - typically cosmetic things like 'skins' for characters, 'sprays' to flaunt your flair or other customisation items that are usually sought after by members of the community. Some can be opened straight away, while others require the purchase of 'keys' to bust open.
They're basically a way for developers to earn extra cash through repeated micro-transactions while offering players the chance to get some exclusive in-game items. It's a gamble system through and through that drives a thriving in-game economy and repeated conversation. These Nitro Crates are the next series of these special in-game goods.
Arriving in Patch 1.34 comes these smartly-titled boxes. In them? More exclusive goods! That's a give. But what exactly is in there? Well, we haven't been given a full list just yet, but Psyonix have dished out a minor tease of what to expect. Much like each set of crates before them, you'll be cracking them open for the chance of;
- New Car - Mantis
- Rocket Trails
- Black Market Customisations
The issue being here is that most - if not all - of these in-game items really benefit more from being viewed within the game engine itself. A flat image of a particle effect barely helps anyone. Wheels might be incredible more detailed than a tiny thumbnail preview suggests - so Psyonix know what they're doing when they dish out a tease. From the preview image below, you can get a sneak peak at some of these new cosmetic goods. Go figure the more detailed image is that of the crate itself!
Of course, once the patch goes live tomorrow, we'll quickly know just about everything that's in there. Opening a crate spins a wheel that displays its potential contents before landing on a specific item. It's also possible to view potential contents in-game before opting to crack open a box, too - just so you're not throwing keys at a box that can never contain what you want.
That being said, it's always a game of luck. If you're not up for some light gambling with tomorrow's Nitro Crates, it's possible to hide them from your inventory. They're awarded through standard gameplay - but the doesn't mean you have to open them. If you're one that easily falls victim to this kind of item, however, it's best you either hide them or trade them to those who actually want to pry them open.
Temptation is powerful. Best of luck to all those involved in tomorrow's Nitro Crate madness, and may the odds be ever in your favor.