Yesterday, the team behind Rocket League, Psyonix announced that they have been bought by Epic Games. The ‘transaction’ will only be made official somewhere between the end of this month and early June – due to the ‘closing conditions’ normal for an acquisition of this sort. And no details on what the deal cost have been revealed.
Epic has been in the news a lot lately. And while they are probably best-known for their Unreal Engine, as well as internally developed games like Unreal, Gears of War and Fortnite, it is their foray into direct competition with Steam that has really stirred up a lot of interest and controversy of late. It is their accompanying trend of setting up exclusive deals that immediately had some Rocket League fans concerned about the acquisition would mean if they purchased the game on Steam, even after Psyonix’s assurances that nothing much would be changing.
Rocket League’s days on Steam could be numbered
As soon as the story first broke, rumours began to circulate that Rocket League would be removed from Steam. Picking up on this Psyonix made the following statement:
We wanted to clarify something for you after today’s news: Rocket League is and remains available on Steam. Anyone who owns Rocket League through Steam can still play it and can look forward to continued support.
This no doubt eases some concerns for current players. However, as Nick Statt’s article for The Verge explains, Epic themselves have only confirmed that Rocket League ‘will be available on their Store in late 2019 and that thereafter those that have purchased on Steam and expect continued support’. This seems to indicate a clear possibility that it will no longer be available to buy from the Steam store after it makes its move onto the Epic Store. However, this still remains to be seen.
Despite some backlash to these sort of deals, Epic has stated that they will continue to back this strategy unless some big changes are made by their main competitor. So if recent form is anything to go by – this may be yet another big game that will in the near future only be available on their store.