Epic Games Buys Rocket League, Promises it Will Remain Available to Existing Players on Steam [Update]

Epic Games Buys Rocket League, Promises it Will Remain Available to Existing Players on Steam [Update]

Now Epic is buying up companies, instead of just exclusives.

Epic Games has just announced that it has acquired San Diego-based developer Psyonix. This means that Epic holds two of the most popular competitive live-service games currently on the market thanks to its own massively popular Fortnite, and Psyonix's Rocket League.

In a blog post published today on Psyonix's official website, the studio announced its acquisition by Epic Games for an undisclosed amount. "Rocket League always has been and always will be a community-driven game, and now that we have joined forces with Epic, we will be able to serve our community in even bigger and better ways," writes the Psyonix team.

Psyonix says the acquisition will not affect Rocket League's gameplay or development team. Instead, the studio says in the short term it's still committed to regular updates and new features. In the long term, Psyonix is looking to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and "to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn't do on our own before."

The PR statement sent out regarding the news says that following Rocket League's availability on the Epic Games store, the version will still be supported. We reached out to Epic and Psyonix for clarification on whether it will be pulled from the Steam Store.

[Update: Epic said it has no announced plans to pull Rocket League from Steam.]

Epic Games has come under fire from some disgruntled PC gamers who do not like Epic's strategy of securing PC exclusives for the Epic Games Store. But with the Psyonix purchase, Epic has moved from acquiring specific titles, to purchasing entire studios.

We're hoping to hear back from Psyonix and Epic for further details regarding the acquisition, and what this means for the future of Rocket League. Check out our Rocket League guide for more coverage.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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