Psyonix have announced Rocket League will be going free-to-play on all platforms this summer, and heading to the Epic Games Store.
The game initially released on Windows PC and PlayStation 4 in July 2015 for $19.99, before receiving Nintendo Switch and Xbox One ports later that year. The game has received lots of free-to-play style monetization over the years, including loot boxes that were later tweaked following the industry-wide backlash against the mechanic due to government intervention.
The switch to free-to-play will come with some perks for existing owners. This includes being rewarded with the Legacy status, which grants the following items. Those who were already playing the game prior the announcement will also receive Faded Cosmos Boost.
- “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”
Everyone’s inventory and progress will carry over into the free-to-play update (along with cross-platform progression), and as players are upgraded to Legacy Status, they will receive all 200+ Common Items, should they have not unlocked all of them.
The free-to-play update will coincide with the game’s launch on the Epic Games Store. Players will be able to use their Epic Games account to transfer their progress to the game on other platforms. In May 2019, Epic Games acquired Psyonix.
While Steam owners can continue to play Rocket League, and will receive future updates, the game will no longer be available for new players on Steam following the free-to-play launch.
The free-to-play update will also come with major changes to Tournaments and Challenges. More details on the gameplay tweaks, features, and monetization model will be announced soon.
You can find an abridged rundown (via Steam) below.
Rocket League is Going Free to Play this Summer
Play between now and the launch of free to play and receive Golden Cosmos Boost, Dieci-Oro Wheels, Huntress Player Banner, and “Est. 20XX” Title that displays the year you started playing Rocket League. Anyone who played Rocket League prior to 7/21/2020 will receive these items, plus the Faded Cosmos Boost! The items will be granted at launch.
Rocket League is a high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem with easy-to-understand controls and fluid, physics-driven competition. Rocket League includes casual and competitive Online Matches, a fully-featured offline Season Mode, special “Mutators” that let you change the rules entirely, hockey and basketball-inspired Extra Modes, and more than 500 trillion possible cosmetic customization combinations.
Winner or nominee of more than 150 “Game of the Year” awards, Rocket League is one of the most critically-acclaimed sports games of all time. Boasting a community of more than 57 million players, Rocket League features ongoing free and paid updates, including new DLCs, content packs, features, modes and arenas.
- Rocket Pass – Purchase Rocket Pass Premium to get an initial 50% XP bonus and earn up to 70 unique rewards, including a new Battle-Car, Goal Explosion, Keys, and more!
- Challenge System – Play Online Matches and complete Weekly Challenges to tier up and unlock unique rewards only found in Rocket Pass.
- Esports Shop – Show off your team pride for your favorite teams in Rocket League Esports! The Rocket League Esports Shop pilot program brings new Decals, Wheels, and Player Banners that represent some of the best teams in the sport. of the best teams in the sport.
Rocket League is available for Windows PC (via Steam, Summer 2020 on the Epic Games Store), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.