The Epic Games Store version will feature cross-platform play with all other versions of the game. Steam users will still be able to access the game and receive future updates and features, however Rocket League will no longer be available for new players on the platform.
Epic Games acquired Rocket League’s developer last year. To date, the game has reached more than 75 million players, according to Psyonix.
The free to play update is said to be the game’s biggest yet, with “major changes” to the Tournaments and Challenge systems, and cross-platform progression for players’ item inventory, Rocket Pass progress, and Competitive Rank, by linking to an Epic Games Account.
Anyone who has played Rocket League online prior to 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 year when the player first started playing Rocket League
- 200+ Common items upgraded to “Legacy” quality
- Golden Cosmos Boost
- Dieci-Oro Wheels
- Huntress Player Banner
Additionally, players who played Rocket League before today’s announcement will receive an extra item, the Faded Cosmos Boost. These items will be awarded to player accounts when the game goes free to play.
Established in 2001, Psyonix has previously contributed to titles in Epic’s Gears of War and Unreal Tournament franchises, among other Unreal Engine games.