After five years on pretty much every active platform, Rocket League is shifting over to a free to play model later this summer.
Developer Psyonix made the announcement through a post on the game’s official site, where it laid out its plans for how the car-based soccer game would make the transition to free to play. Anyone who owns the game already will be given “Legacy” status, which will grant them a ton of the game’s DLC. This will include anything that’s not a cross promotion cosmetic, as the announcement specifies Rocket League-branded DLC. Here’s the full list of what Legacy players will get:
All Rocket League-branded DLC released before free to play
“Est. 20XX” title that displays the first year you played Rocket League
200+ Common items upgraded to “Legacy” quality
Golden Cosmos Boost
Huntress Player Banner
Anyone who’s played the game before this announcement went live today will also get the Faded Cosmos Boost cosmetic. All unlocks will still be there when the change happens, as well as your progression and competitive rankings. Basically, the experience is going to be about the same for anyone who’s already been playing Rocket League before the shift to free to play.
Once Rocket League goes free to play, cross progression will be coming with it, meaning all your unlocks and rankings will be universal across all platforms, whether you started out on PlayStation 4 and went to PC, and even if you decided to try out the Switch version. Your profile will be transferable between each system.
One thing that will change, however, is Rocket League’s relationship with Steam. While anyone who has downloaded the game on that launcher will still be able to play it there, the Steam version will be delisted once it enters free to play, and will only be available to download on the Epic Games Store. Psyonix says that the Steam version will still be updated alongside all other versions, and will be comparable to the Epic Games Store version.
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The move from Steam to the Epic Games Store makes sense, as Psyonix became part of Epic Games a little under a year ago. At the time, the studio was adamant that nothing would change in regards to its development, and that appears to be largely true, as Rocket League has seen consistent support since then. The main difference being now that support is being funded by Epic Games’ deep pockets. But it was probably an inevitability that PC versions of Psyonix games would find their way to the Epic Games Store, and in a roundabout way, off of its competitors.
Epic has been making some big moves in terms of development partnerships. The company recently made a deal to fund projects by huge studios, including The Last Guardian developer GenDESIGN, Inside and Limbo creators Playdead, and Remedy Entertainment, known for its work on Control and Quantum Break.