With Rocket League poised to say goodbye to loot crates next month, Psyonix is filling players in on what will happen to their old crates and detailing the limits of the new, more transparent loot system on its way. Blueprints will take the place of loot crates, and players' old unopened crates will be converted into blueprints as well. To prevent any lingering crate trading shenanigans, though, those converted crates won't be tradeable.
Psyonix goes over the finer points of the new Blueprint system in a new blog post. As announced in August, Rocket League is moving away from its loot crates in a manner similar to how Fortnite overhauled its Save the World loot system earlier this year. When players receive a Blueprint, they'll see exactly what it allows them to build before deciding whether or not to spend in-game currency to do so.
Any crates still in a player's inventory at the time of the December update will be converted to "unrevealed" Blueprints. Revealing the contents of such a Blueprint won't cost anything, and they also won't be tradable in their unrevealed state.
In essence, these changes strip randomization out from Rocket League's loot system at the point-of-purchase, and stops players from trading items of undetermined value because such transactions could be seen as a form of gambling. Psyonix isn't the first studio to impose limits on trading as regulators eye the randomized loot systems in gaming with concern.
Psyonix is also placing limits on how players trade Credits, the premium currency that will replace Rocket League's Keys. Only one player can include Credits during a trade, and players won't be allowed to trade Credits for nothing. This change echoes Valve's recent move to disable Key trading in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive altogether, after it discovered that most Key trading was used for money laundering.
Rocket League will also introduce a new item shop in December alongside the Blueprints update. When Epic Games acquired Psyonix earlier this year, the companies announced that Rocket League would be made available on the Epic Games Store before the end of 2019. Perhaps, by the time it does, its crates will be a thing of the past.