The gaming industry has seen a massive shift in recent years – most massively popular multiplayer games are now free-to-play. The developer makes their money from getting people engaged and then spending smaller amounts of money more regularly for new unlocks or feature. The hugely popular vehicular football battle game Rocket League will also start following this model.
If you are cash strapped, you can play Rocket League for free across any platforms. This update will go live soon, at which time it will arrive on the Epic Games Store to download on PC. The game is also fully cross-platform, so it doesn’t matter what hardware you are running, you’ll be able to play with your friends.
It’s unclear exactly when we can expect this update, just that it’s coming “later this summer,” according to a statement from developer Psyonix. The developer has also announced updates to the game, including changes to the Tournament and Challenge systems.
If you’re on PC the game will no longer be available on Steam, but only from the Epic Games Store. If you already have the game installed via Steam you will still be able to play it there and will still receive future updates and features.
According to the developer, this update will be the “biggest one yet.” It will have cross-platform progression for players’ item inventory, competitive rank when linked to an Epic Games account and Rocket Pass progress. You will also have a “legacy status” if you started playing the game before this update, which includes:
All Rocket League-branded DLC released before free to play
“Est. 20XX” title that displays the first year you played Rocket League