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Rocket League going free-to-play and adding cross-progression

Published: 21/Jul/2020 19:07 Updated: 21/Jul/2020 19:20

by Alan Bernal

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The Rocket League Summer 2020 update will bring major changes to the game, such as transitioning to a free-to-play format and removing it from Steam for the Epic Game Store.

Psyonix announced the news on July 21, in anticipation for its annual summer update. Unlike years past, this one will essentially open up the floodgates for the passionate community to grow even larger without having to buy into the title.

“It feels like it was just yesterday when Rocket League launched on PlayStation as a PlayStation Plus title,” Psyonix Editorial Manager Max Parker said. “Now, five years later, we’re ready to start the next chapter of Rocket League. It all starts when it goes free to play this summer!”

Rocket League will be releasing on the Epic Games Store “the same time it goes free to play.” After this transition, it will no longer be purchasable on Steam.

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The Cosmos Boost that established Rocket League players can receive for free.

The Epic Games Store version of the game will look “identical” to the regular game, just with refined menus, a revamp to Tournaments and Challenged, as well as new cross-platform progression.

With the cross-platform progression, players will retain their items, Rocket Pass progress, and their Competitive Rank throughout any platform using their Epic Games Account.

The studio will release more information about how it will all work when Rocket League’s free-to-play format launches later in the summer. No exact dates have been announced yet.

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Rocket League is moving out of Steam and into the Epic Games Store.

As for the Steam community, even though the game won’t be on the store anymore, Psyonix reassured players that they “will be able to play and enjoy the game with full support for future updates and features.”

For the people who joined the Rocket League community before its free-to-play transition, the devs are giving a bundle of free items including:

  • 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
  • Faded Cosmos Boost for people who played online before the announcement

There’s going to be a ton of changes to Rocket League, but it’s a new approach that Psyonix hopes will only bolster the community they’ve built.

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Rocket League players petition Psyonix to add custom map creator

Published: 25/Oct/2020 10:07

by Joe Craven

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Frustrated Rocket League players, led by Treyven ‘Lethamyr’ Robitaille, have called on developers Psyonix to add a custom map creator to the explosive soccer title.

It’s fair to assume that Rocket League’s player count has risen quite considerably following its release as a free to play title.

Psyonix took the decision to make their 2015 title free to all players, but it seems that some more experienced players believe the game is becoming stale off the back of this decision.

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Rocket League originally released in 2015, but was made free to play on September 23, 2020.

One of these players is Canadian Rocket League pro Lethamyr, who is currently part of The mustyteers’ active roster. On October 24, he posted a series of tweets criticizing the stagnant state of the game, and called on its developers to add more support for custom map designs.

“A month has passed since the Free to Play update and there’s no new gameplay content (I don’t consider tournaments a new way to play the game),” he tweeted. “Watch my video that’s coming out in 4 minutes and tell me why this shouldn’t be in the game, and starting REACHING OUT to these amazing people who are trying to make Rocket League better for FREE.”

Unsurprisingly, Lethamyr’s video doubles down on his calls for custom map support to be added, even threatening to quit the game if the features are not added.

He followed up with one final tweet, asking how many people need to call for the changes for Psyonix to add them: “So Rocket League how many signatures on a petition would it take to have more Custom Map support? I feel like I’m already expecting no response but we gotta try.”

There did seem to be a lot of support for his proposals, with his tweet amassing over 1,000 likes at the time of writing. Similarly, a post on the Rocket League subreddit received 3,000 upvotes within 12 hours of its posting, suggesting there is an appetite for the features.

Whether Psyonix bow to public demand is another matter, but some big names in the community appear to be losing patience.