Developer Psyonix has announced that its soccer car game, Rocket League, will be free-to-play this summer on all platforms. The exact date when the game will transition to its new free-to-play model was not confirmed, but as part of this shift the game is also leaving Steam–although existing owners will be able to continue playing it there without issue.
Rocket League going free-to-play coincides with a number of changes, including adjustments to the Challenge and Tournament systems. Cross-platform progression for item inventory, Rocket Pass progress, and Competitive Rank will also be introduced with this update. You just have to link your information to a free Epic Games Account; Rocket League will also launch on the Epic Games Store and features cross-platform play with all platforms when it goes free-to-play this summer. It’s worth noting that Psyonix was acquired by Epic Games in May 2019, hence why it will launch on the EGS this summer.
Unfortunately, this means that after the free-to-play update goes live this summer, new players will no longer be able to download Rocket League from Steam. Still, anyone who already owns it on any platform will get access to all future updates and features at no additional cost. And those who play Rocket League online prior to the free-to-play update will be awarded Legacy status, which comes with a bunch of goodies including all DLC, extra cosmetics, and more. You can check the full list of what comes with Legacy status below:
- All Rocket League-branded DLC released before free to play
- “Est. 20XX” title that displays the year when the player first started playing Rocket League
- 200+ Common items upgraded to “Legacy” quality
- Golden Cosmos Boost
- Dieci-Oro Wheels
- Huntress Player Banner
There’s another freebie Psyonix is giving away to dedicated Rocket League fans. If you happened to play the game before this announcement, you’ll receive the Faded Cosmos Boost for free. This and all the items mentioned above will be gifted to your player account when Rocket League goes free-to-play.
More information about this update, including changes to Challenge and Tournament systems, will be divulged in the coming weeks.
Psyonix recently celebrated Rocket League’s five-year anniversary with a bunch of returning game modes. The studio also announced that the soccer car game has been played by 75 million people, along with other impressive stats for a game that first launched on July 7, 2015.
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