South African Rocket League acolytes, rejoice! Psyonix has listened to the fans (after what’s felt like an eternity) and given us local servers as part of the game’s v1.39 update. This should mean that the lag that at times cripples the game will be gone, replaced with silky smooth motorised soccer action.

You really need those low ping things for a game like this, especially if it’s to be a contender in the esports arena. When lag rears its head in the middle of a competitive match, things can get heated. Fellow South African gaming outlet Critical Hit has tested the local servers, and said that “we now get pings between 4-8ms on fibre, and around 20ms from JHB on other connections”, while in the Cape they’re picking up pings of between 20 and 50ms”.

Along with this long-awaited good news, the update also includes the usual array of bug fixes and improvements, and a new Batmobile Goal Explosion as part of the Batmobile Premium DLC. The full patch notes are available on Rocket League’s Steam page.

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