Rocket League Is Going Free-to-Play, But Leaving Steam Storefront

Rocket League Is Going Free-to-Play, But Leaving Steam Storefront

Steam owners will still get updates, but new users won't be able to download it.

It's been five years since Rocket League blasted onto the scene with a simple concept: soccer, but with rocket-powered cars for players. In the time since, it's become a fairly significant success for Psyonix, and now, it's going free-to-play, with one catch for PC players.

In a blog post today, Psyonix announced that Rocket League will go free-to-play this summer. This update will entail cross-platform progression and updates to the Tournament and Challenge systems, as well as Rocket League's debut on the Epic Games Store. It will still retain its cross-platform play.

For current Steam owners, Rocket League will remain available on the platform and kept up-to-date with other versions. The Steam version will not be available to newcomers after the free-to-play update goes live, however. Basically, if you want Rocket League on Steam rather than Epic, you'll need to buy in before the free-to-play update.

Those who already bought Rocket League prior to its free-to-play launch will get "Legacy" status. Beyond the feeling of prestige, prior buyers will get all Rocket League-branded DLC released before the free-to-play update, a special title displaying the year they first started playing, and a few more cosmetic extras.

Last year, Epic Games announced it acquired Psyonix. At the time, Epic stated it would continue selling Rocket League on Steam, and would announce long-term plans to come. Epic further clarified that even after Rocket League came to the Epic Games Store, players would "still be able to play Rocket League on Steam with all of the content they've previously purchased, same as always."

No firm date has been set yet for Rocket League's free-to-play update. If you've been holding out on picking up a Steam copy and aren't keen on playing via Epic, it seems like now's the time to finally do so.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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