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Psyonix, makers of the insane soccer-but-with-RC-cars game, Rocket League, announced that it’s making the popular title free-to-play later this summer — five years after its launch.
While the game is available across consoles and PC platforms, the announcement only mentions details about the PC version. Rocket League will continue to be available for free on Steam until the new version launches in the Epic Games Store — and it’ll support play between these platforms.
So what’s changing, besides the price tag? Psyonix says it’ll “make exploring the game easier” by revamping menus, and improving major features like Tournaments and Challenges. It’s also introducing cross-platform progression and the ability to bring items, Rocket Pass progress, and your Competitive Rank to other platforms you play on.
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If you already own Rocket League on Steam, you’ll continue to receive future updates to the game, but it will no longer be available to download there for new players after the launch on Epic Games Store. Those folks, and anyone who snaps up the game before it goes free, will also get a few other niceties:
- 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
With that, Rocket League will likely open up to millions more players in the near future. We’ve contacted Psyonix to learn more about what this spells for the console versions, and will update this post when we hear back.
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