The team behind the popular car-soccer mashup title Rocket League, which is now owned by Epic Games, has announced that the game will become free to play on all platforms later this summer. The move comes as the game turns nearly five years old, having launched in the summer of 2015 with a $19.99 price tag.
The new price - or lack thereof - will come into play on the same day as the game launches on the Epic Games Store. At the same time, the title will no longer be available for new players on Steam once that happens. Epic Games acquired developer Psyonix last year, and promised that the title would remain on Steam, but with the launch on the Epic Games Store, that will change. If you've already bought the game on Steam, though, everything will remain as is, with future updates still coming your way and everything working as expected.
When the game launches on the Epic Games Store, it will support cross-platform play, including with players on Steam. What's more, there's a handful of changes coming alongside the release. The menus will be revamped to make it easier to explore different parts of the game, and features like Tournaments and challenges will be revamped or improved. Finally, the team is adding cross-platform progression, so you can play on any platform of your choice without worrying about your progress.
For those who bought and played the game online prior to it going free-to-play, they will be awarded Legacy status, which includes a few bonuses:
- 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
Additionally, if you played online before today's announcement, you can get an additional Boost, called Faded Cosmos.
All of the items you may have unlocked over the years will still be available when the game goes free to play, so you shouldn't have any hiccups when it happens. A specific date for this change wasn't announced, but it shouldn't be too far off now.