It didn’t take long for Rocket League to really cement a place as an icon of the video gaming scene. Having first launched on PC and PS4 back in 2015, and then making a move to Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in 2016 and 2017 respectively, Psyonix have ensured that one of the most critically acclaimed sports games of this generation has continued to go from strength to strength. Much of that has been down to the constant influx of upgrades and feature sets that have hit the game, ensuring that no matter how much you play it, it continues to stay fresh. Well, the next update is looking likely to be Rocket League’s biggest yet – going free to play.
Due to take place this summer, Rocket League will become the latest title to go free to play across all platforms, as a whole host of important changes hit home in terms of the Tournaments and Challange systems. But that’s not all, and it will also see cross-platform goodness coming into play for all players’ item inventorys, across the Rocket Pass progression system and into the Competitive Rank, all by linking an Epic Games Account.
Yep, Rocket League will also be hitting the Epic Games Store when it goes free to play, working cross-platform with everything else in the process. When it does though, the Steam version will no longer be available to download for new players.
So, what will be put in place to reward the millions of players who have invested time and money into Rocket League when this free to play action takes place? Well, anyone who has played Rocket League online prior to free to play will be rewarded with Legacy status, which includes:
- 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
Additionally, those who have played Rocket League before today’s announcement will receive an extra item, the Faded Cosmos Boost.
All of these items will be awarded to player accounts when the game goes free to play. And if you wish to know more about the specific changes being made to the Tournament and Challenge systems, you’ll need to hold on a few more weeks for details to emerge.
But what do you think of Rocket League’s move to a free to play model? Will it help the game hit new heights, or will it be the beginning of the end? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. if you haven’t grabbed it yet then the Xbox Store will sort you out. The smart money would be on you holding off for a bit though.