Rocket League Won't Need Switch Online or PlayStation Plus Once It's Free-to-Play

Rocket League Won't Need Switch Online or PlayStation Plus Once It's Free-to-Play

That once agains leaves Xbox as the odd platform out.

This month, Rocket League is going free-to-play. As is the case with free, online multiplatform games, that'll mean something a bit different for each platform. In the case of the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4, you won't need to pay for the online services of those systems anymore to enjoy Rocket League to its fullest.

Psyonix hasn't yet settled on a date for Rocket League's free-to-play transition, but we've been getting updates on details like cross-platform cosmetic compatiblity along the way. Today the developers confirmed that, just like its Epic-owned counterpart Fortnite or other free-to-play titles like Warframe, players will no longer need PlayStation Plus on PS4 or Switch Online service for Nintendo's console.

This will leave the Xbox One as the only system where you'll need to pay for an online service in order to play Rocket League. This is the norm, of course—Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone, and all free-to-play games need Live Gold on Xbox for online play—but it's always worth pointing out. You can be sure someone out there will excitedly download Rocket League on the day it goes free, only to realize they've let their Gold subscription lapse and need to re-up for some aerobatic car action.

Microsoft recently made a few moves that got folks wondering if it might abandon Live Gold in the near future, but the company has since said that there are "no changes being made" to the service at the present time. We'll have to wait and see if that's still the case by the time Halo Infinite's free-to-play multiplayer launches.

Of course, just because an online game is free-free doesn't mean there won't be other factors to consider. On PC, Rocket League won't be removed from Steam for existing owners, but other players will have to download it from the Epic Games Store instead once the free-to-play update goes live.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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