Rocket League Is Going Free to Play, but Leaving Steam

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Since its release in 2015, Rocket League has captured the attention of millions of players worldwide, but that audience is about to get even bigger. Psyonix, the vehicular soccer game’s developer, has announced that it is going free to play this summer!

But wait – is Rocket League’s gameplay changing in any way? Nope. “The core gameplay will remain the same, but we are refining the main menus to make exploring the game easier,” Psyonix explained. “Plus, we’re revamping and improving major features like Tournaments and Challenges, and introducing cross-platform progression! Rocket League action on the field will still be the same core, high-octane hybrid of sports and action you love today, and soon, even more players will share that love.”

There’s a minor caveat, though, in that Rocket League will no longer be sold on Steam. Instead, the PC version will become an Epic Games Store exclusive of sorts – that’s the only place where you’ll be able to get the game, assuming you don’t own a copy of the Steam version already. But cross-platform play will be enabled between these versions.

“Once Rocket League goes free to play, anyone who already owns Rocket League on any platform (including Steam) will be able to play and enjoy the game with full support for future updates and features,” Psyonix wrote. “However, the Steam version will no longer be available to download for new players. To put it simply, wherever you play now (including Steam), you’ll still be able to play in the future.”

Anyone who has played Rocket League before the launch of the free-to-play version will be rewarded with the Faded Cosmos Boost, as well as Legacy status, which includes the following perks:

  • 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

Psyonix says that it’ll have much more to share when we get closer to the free-to-play version’s launch. That would include new features, content, and cross-platform progression.

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