Rocket League Goes Free to Play This Summer!
Rocket League has announced that it will be going free to play later this summer! This has been highly anticipated by many players since Epic Games purchased Pysionix in early 2019. Many have wondered how this will affect smurfing in the game, the esports scene, cross-platform, streaming and the ingame item trading system.
📣📣📣 Announcement time: Rocket League is going free to play later this summer. Check out the details in our latest blog, and get ready for lots of news throughout the next few weeks!https://t.co/h1hqtWY9kp pic.twitter.com/HQsc7f7kVL
— Rocket League (@RocketLeague) July 21, 2020
Rocket League has always been one of the smaller Esports compared to the others with a total prize money awarded of $8,990,731.98 from 1055 tournaments since 2015. I myself found myself personally getting involved in Rocket League late 2019 and made a name for myself hosting small ingame tournaments for twitch viewers. I learned how tight nit and small the community is compared to other massive titles. The mechanics of gameplay at the highest level is absolutely incredible, and even though Rocket League is one of the smaller esports games out there, it truly is one of the best spectator esports in my personal opinion.
As a streamer, I always believed rocket League going free to play would be one of the biggest moves for the title and Pysionix, and that when that day comes, I would love to be there to ride the wave. I am also excited to see how this will grow the esports scene for Rocket League, hopefully allowing it to match other massive esports such as CSGO, League, Fortnite etc.
Rocket League will also make its debut on the Epic Games Store when it goes free to play. It will be identical to the version on other platforms and will feature cross-platform play with all Rocket League platforms.
Once Rocket League goes free to play, anyone who already owns it on any platform (including Steam) will be able to play the game with full support for future updates and features. However, the Steam version will no longer be available to download for new players.
Anyone who has played Rocket League online before the launch of free to play will be rewarded with Legacy status, which includes:
- All Rocket League-branded DLC released before free to play
- “Est. 20XX” title that displays the first year you played Rocket League
- 200+ Common items upgraded to “Legacy” quality
- Golden Cosmos Boost
- Dieci-Oro Wheels
- Huntress Player Banner
The developer says to expect more news on the transition “in the coming weeks.” And on a final note, we shall see if this is enough to draw Game Rebel back into the realm of Rocket League esports and tournaments!