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Rocket League free-to-play release date revealed early by Nintendo

Published: 15/Sep/2020 3:25

by Andrew Amos


Get ready to start your engines next week, as we have a confirmed date for when Rocket League is going free-to-play. The title will be making the transition on September 23, after the date was leaked early by Nintendo.

Psyonix shocked the Rocket League community back in July when they announced they’d be taking the game free-to-play five years after launching it.

While they initially told players it would be going free-to-play “this summer,” they’ve just missed the mark slightly. Not by much though, as Rocket League hopefuls won’t have to wait long to get their hands on the game for free.

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Start your engines: Rocket League is going free-to-play on September 23.

Rocket League free-to-play launches September 23

According to an accidental early reveal by Nintendo, Rocket League will be going free-to-play on September 23. After that date, you won’t need an online subscription for the PS4, Xbox, or Switch to play, and you’ll be able to get it for free on all platforms, including PC.

“Speed into the next chapter of Rocket League for free on September 23,” Nintendo said on a now-deleted shop listing for the game for the Nintendo Switch.

Owners of the game currently will be given a bundle of swag, including all branded DLC released in the last five years, a player title displaying the first year you played Rocket League, “Legacy” items, and some new gear to deck out your car in.

Rocket League free-to-play Nintendo shop listing
Nintendo accidentally leaked Rocket League’s free-to-play launch date on a now-deleted shop listing.

If you want to pick up Rocket League when it goes free-to-play, there are a few things you need to know. One, it will no longer be available in Steam. The only storefront it’ll be available on is the Epic Games Launcher, so be sure to download that if you want to pick it up.

If you currently own the game, you will be able to run it through Steam like normal for the foreseeable future. If having to use the Epic launcher is a deal-breaker for you, you can always add the game into your Steam library as a “Non-Steam game.”

For console players, you should be able to pick up the title for free in the Nintendo eShop, Microsoft Store, and PlayStation Store after it goes free-to-play. You also won’t need an online subscription to play it.

Finally, there will also be cross-platform progression. If you play on one console but want to make the swap to another, you can carry over all your progress as long as you link the same Epic Games account.

Rocket League’s free-to-play launch on September 23 is more than just that though. Psyonix is also introducing a new ranking system, streamlining competitive seasons, as well as adding a host of new content to celebrate the big move.

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Psyonix responds to Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenge concerns

Published: 12/Nov/2020 0:42

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Rocket League Season 1 is underway, but many players felt like Tournament Challenges were too difficult. Fortunately, Psyonix responded quickly and made them easier.

Rocket League has developed in leaps and bounds since it’s release back in 2015. The player-base has increased exponentially since the game became free-to-play, and the competitive scene is alive and well.

Rocket League’s fun and unique gameplay are what draws players in. However, Psyonix has always been pro-active and implemented player feedback into the game, which keeps them coming back.

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
It’s hard to find a game that mixes genres as well as Rocket League.

Still, that process has to start somewhere, and it often happens when enough players voice their opinions on social media. In recent weeks, Psyonix has been rocked with a wave of concerns about two Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges. 

The first one is the Stage 2 Challenge ‘Make It To The Quarter Finals In 4 Psyonix Scheduled Tournaments’. The consensus was that this was too difficult, at least for most casual players.

“Can we talk about the Season Challenges Stage 2 task which requires us to make it to Quarter Finals 4 times?” wrote one player. “I think it’s not okay to tie this to performance and making it to quarterfinals.” 

“This ruins the fun for me, and since it’s a free challenge, we NEED to perform it,” he added. It was one of several threads on the issue. However, it was upvoted more than 150 times and sparked a discussion with 100 comments.

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
Rocket League tournaments are arguably the game’s most intense mode.

The second one is the Stage 3 Challenge ‘Get 200 Assists in Online Matches.’ Again, players felt like this was too difficult to achieve. But this time, it was more about how long it took to do.

“I don’t think it’s possible for me to get 200 assists,” said one player, who called for a petition to remove it. “It took me half the season to get 40. I’m sure [there are] people also in the same boat. I guess I just think it’s [a] ridiculous number to hit in half a season.”

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
Assists in Rocket League are almost as important as goals.

Fortunately, Psyonix heard and have already responded. “After seeing your feedback over the last few weeks about some of the Season 1 Challenges, we’ve decided to make two changes,” they said.

The first challenge has now been changed to ‘Play in 4 Psyonix Scheduled Tournaments.’ This means players only need to compete in four tournaments rather than make four quarter-finals.

The second challenge has also been changed to ‘Get 50 Assists in Online Matches.’ That means the number of assists has been decreased from 200 down to 50, which takes a quarter of the time to do.

Rocket League Season 1 Tournament Challenges
Psyonix have already made two of the Rocket League Season 1 Challenges easier.

“These changes are live now,” they said. “If you don’t see them live in your game just yet, please restart and they should appear as intended.”

Rocket League players are thrilled with the changes. But perhaps more importantly, they’re content knowing that Psyonix always seems to have their back in the end, although it can take a bit of time.