Rocket League will be going free to play this summer
22-Jul-2020 by Sparky
Today, developer Psyonix announced that, later this summer, the multiplayer cars-meets-soccer game will be going free-to-play. Additionally, the game will get cross-platform progression, covering elements like cosmetic items, battle pass progression, and competitive rank.
Rocket League will also make its debut on the Epic Games Store when it goes free to play. It will be identical to the version on other platforms and will feature cross-platform play with all Rocket League platforms.
"Once Rocket League goes free to play, anyone who already owns it on any platform (including Steam) will be able to play the game with full support for future updates and features. However, the Steam version will no longer be available to download for new players.For anyone who purchased the game before the free version kicks off, Psyonix is offering a number of in-game rewards, including all Rocket League-branded DLC released before free to play."
Core gameplay appears to be unaffected by the free-to-play transition, since the most obvious changes with such a business model—a storefront full of cosmetic purchases, and a paid, cosmetic-filled "battle pass" progression system—have already been added to the game. The news follows Epic Games' purchase of Psyonix roughly one year ago, which raised questions of whether the game might become an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC.
Rocket League will release on the Epic Games Store on PC the same time it goes free to play. This version of the game will be identical to the version found on other platforms, and will feature cross-platform play anywhere you play Rocket League, including between the Epic Games Store and Steam.