In early September, Danny O’Dwyer left GameSpot in order to crowdfund a video game documentary series. After reaching well beyond his $10,000/month goal, O’Dwyer released a teaser that revealed the title of the series: Noclip. On October 31st, Noclip released their first documentary, a two-part film about Psyonix, the developers of Rocket League (2015).
The first half interviews Dave Hagewood, the Founder and CEO of Psyonix and explores his history working with Epic Games. It also interviews other members of Psyonix, such as Design Director Corey Davis. A few members of Psyonix started as team members for Epic Games where they created the “Onslaught” mode for Unreal Tournament 2004 which contained large battlefields and vehicular combat. After branching into their own company, they financed their own creative projects by consulting with other developers about Unreal Engine, eventually releasing the predecessor to Rocket League, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle Cars (2008).
The second half explores the release of Rocket League, including the decision to release it free for one month to PS4 owners as part of PlayStation Plus. It also includes how they ended up using music by Audio Director Mike Ault’s band, Hollywood Principle.
featured image from the video “The Story of Rocket League (Part 1)” by Noclip and is believed to be used in accordance with fair use