A couple of months ago, Psyonix announced that Rocket League would be going free-to-play in Summer. There will be a bunch of new things making its way to the game as well, such as cross-platform progression.
The PC version of the game is also changing significantly, as people will no longer be able to download the game through Steam and will then be available to download through the Epic Games Store. This is due to the obtaining of Psyonix by Epic Games last year. The game will be similar to other platforms and will come with cross-platform play.
Now there is a problem with the people who are already playing on Steam. According to the studio, those with the game on Steam will receive all future updates and features through Steam without any problems. Only new players won’t be able to download the game through Steam and will require to download the game through the Epic Games Store. You can read the official statement by the Psyonix team right here.
So when will Rocket League go free-to-play?
According to Psyonix, the game will be going free-to-play around mid-September 2020. This leads us to believe the game will be available in just a couple of days unless Psyonix decides to delay it. According to rumours, the game should be released before September 22.
A good thing for console players is that you will no longer require a Playstation Plus membership to play Rocket League, and Nintendo Switch players will no longer need Nintendo Switch Online to play.
All the features coming in the Summer update
When the news first came out, Psyonix assured us that the update would be a huge one, and by looking at the new things that are coming, it looks like Psyonix kept their promise. As we said above, there will be cross-platform progression along with new ranks, changes to the tournament system, and new challenges. And since the game is going free-to-play, the game will also see a significant increase in their community.
Features tweaked for new players
When the game goes free-to-play, many gamers will be joining the community, and Psyonix has tried to tweak a few features so that those new players feel right at home.
The tutorial system will see changes to better teach the players about the button layout and the basic HUD. The items that people who purchased the base version of Rocket League got will be available to new players after completing certain challenges named ‘New Driver Challenges.’
This includes adding additional support features for new players, including a refreshed tutorial system to help teach the basic HUD and button layout. New players will also have New Driver Challenges to unlock items that were included in the base version of the Rocket League.
There will also be changes in the way the Season pass works. The season pass will itself have no number from now on and will just be an extension of the current season.
Awards for previous players
Anyone who has played Rocket League online before the launch of free to play will be rewarded with Legacy status.
The Legacy status will give players:
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
Huntress Player Banner
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