After a lot of build-up, the date is finally closing in. Psyonix confirmed today that the vehicular soccer game Rocket League will go free-to-play next week on Sept. 23.
Announced earlier this year, Rocket League will be free-to-play on the Epic Games Store and consoles, though it's leaving the Steam storefront. Current owners won't be affected—Psyonix has confirmed updates will still roll out to the Steam version—but newcomers won't be able to download or buy it.
This shift also removes paid online subscription requirements like Nintendo Switch Online or PlayStation Plus. Platform-specific cars will be staying on in their respective garages, but otherwise, progression will reach across platforms via your Epic Games Account.
A new event is being teased for Rocket League as well. Psyonix says next week will entail the full reveal of "Llama-Rama," a forthcoming chapter in Rocket League that seems like it will have some tie-in with Fortnite, if the party llama is anything to go by.
The groundwork will start being laid with an update tomorrow, but this is the big next-step forward for one of the surprise hits of the generation. Rocket League's launch in 2015, buoyed by debuting on PS Plus, made quite an impact, and the car-sport has continued seeing updates and new car models over the years.
Epic—which bought Rocket League developer Psyonix last year—is also offering a special deal for early downloaders. Those who add Rocket League to their Epic Games Store library between Sept. 23 and Oct. 23 will get an Epic Games Store coupon for $10 off any game or add-on $14.99 or higher.