Psyonix was the target of some ire back when they did a little surprise move on us and added loot boxes to the highly popular car soccer game. It felt like a “you were the Chosen One” situation since this was a small indie studio that found huge success thanks to a purely fun game. It showed us that even the pure out there could be corrupted by the sweet stench of cash. However, it seems the tune has changed now.
Psyonix announced that later this year they will be removing “all paid, randomized Crates from Rocket League, replacing them with a system that shows the exact items you’re buying in advance.” They also made a direct comparison to what Fortnite Save the World implemented which is probably the influence of Epic Games, which bought the studio a little while ago.
Rocket Pass Premium, the DLC cars and Esports Shop items will still be there alongside the new system when it gets implemented. It’s a little less outwardly scummy and the step in the right direction, but the monetization of Rocket League is something that still makes me sad. One of the only pure games focused on fun became a walking microtransaction factory with loot boxes to boot. But hey, baby steps.