In a move that is sure to ruffle some feathers, the Psyonix Team revealed yesterday that the popular ‘car soccer’ game, Rocket League, would be becoming a free-to-play game later this year. As per their announcement, the game has been available for ‘five years’ and to ‘millions of players’ and the intention is to open this up to an even bigger community. The free-to-play move will also see enhanced tournaments and the introduction of “cross-platform progression” on all platforms.
To appease those that have already bought the game, the Psyonix team also announced a ‘Legacy status’ and includes several rewards, namely:
- 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
- Dieci-Oro Wheels
- Huntress Player Banner
Interestingly, this free-to-play move will also coincide with the PC version moving from Steam to Epic (Epic purchased Psyonix back in May and back then speculation about this move was already rife). And while at some point soon, you won’t be able to access the game via Steam, players who have already purchased the game on Steam will be happy that the announcement did indicate continued support with the following statement:
To put it simply, wherever you play now (including Steam), you’ll still be able to play in the future.
A few extra details were also mentioned in the rocketleague.com post – so fans may want to check the original article out too.