Yep, it's true. Psyonix has announced that its mega-popular vehicular football (or..."soccar") title, Rocket League, is going free to play later this summer. No clear reason has been given for the decision, although it does coincide with the game launching on the Epic Games Store and the addition of Epic account integration.
The core gameplay will remain unchanged, but menus, tournaments and challenges will all see a free to play overhaul.
Rocket League got its big break as a PlayStation Plus freebie all the way back in July 2015. Now, it's doubling down on that freebie status, forever. What about all the millions of players who already owned the game, will they receive some recognition? Yes! Existing Rocket League owners (and those who purchase the game before it goes free to play) will be granted "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
- Faded Cosmos Boost (exclusive to pre-announcement owners)
Existing player inventories will also be kept intact—not to worry!
Finally, Psyonix has revealed that—thanks to the aforementioned Epic account integration—cross-platform progression will be coming to the game once it launches into free to play. That means "items, Rocket Pass progress, and your Competitive Rank" will transfer from platform to platform.
"Plenty more" information regarding changes, features and cross-platform progression is promised for the future. All we can do is stay focused on Psyonix in these coming weeks.
Rocket League is going free to play on all platforms "later this summer".