Earlier this year, we reported on Rocket League‘s loss of support for Linux and macOS. At that time, we brought up the concerns some have had that the game would be removed from the Steam store after Psyonix, the game’s developer, was acquired by Epic Games over a year ago. Some interpreted the information concerning the acquisition to mean that the game would be pulled from the Steam store in 2019. This speculation prompted Epic to issue a statement saying that it had not announced any plans to remove the game from the Steam store. Sure enough, it is only now that such an announcement has been made.
Psyonix has published a news post announcing that Rocket League will be going free-to-play on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the Epic Store. Up to this point, the game has been available for PC exclusively on Steam, despite Epic’s ownership of Psyonix. However, sometime “later this summer” Rocket League will be removed from the Steam store in favor of the free-to-play version on the Epic Store. That said, Psyonix is still committed to supporting those who already own the game on Steam.
The free-to-play update will include cross-platform play and progression for those playing on console, Epic, and Steam. Those who own the current, non-free-to-play version of the game will receive Legacy status, which grants players a sizable bundle of in-game goodies:
- 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
If you own a hard copy of Rocket League, you’ll need to play an online match before the switch to free-to-play in order to gain Legacy status. Additionally, those who have played Rocket League online prior to this announcement will receive the Faded Cosmos Boost.