Psyonix is ditching the loot boxes. In a blog post today, the Rocket League developer announced it would be getting rid of its paid, randomized Crates in favor of a direct purchase system later this year.
"Here at Psyonix, and Epic Games as a whole, we are dedicated to creating the best possible experience for our players all over the world," Psyonix wrote in a blog post. "In pursuit of that goal, later this year we will remove all paid, randomized Crates from Rocket League, replacing them with a system that shows the exact items you're buying in advance."
This mirrors a change made in Fortnite's Save the World mode earlier this year. The Premium Pass, Rocket League's version of a Battle Pass, as well as DLC cars and its Esports Shop will continue to be direct-purchase store fronts alongside the new system. Essentially, you'll be able to pick and choose what you want, rather than rolling for it in crates. More information, like when this will roll out, is still to be determined.
Loot box systems like Crates have been a hot topic of discussion for a while, but this year saw the "loot box bill" introduced and more questioning of the nature of these kinds of microtransactions. Electronic Arts stumbled when it appeared alongside Epic Games in the UK Parliament, comparing them to Kinder Eggs and saying mechanics like those found in FIFA Ultimate Team are "actually quite ethical and quite fun." Yet the UK Gambling Commission stated that loot boxes, as they exist, don't constitute gambling under current legislation.
It's nice to at least see Rocket League ditch the system and let players buy what they want. We'll see how the pricing and popularity shapes up as Psyonix rolls out its new system over the coming year.