Rocket League developer Psyonix announced Tuesday that Rocket League will become free to play in summer 2020, along with changes to Tournaments and Challenges systems and cross-platform progression for the title.
Though an exact date was not officially announced, the game will also be posted on the Epic Games store the day it becomes free. The Steam version will no longer be available for download for new players; however, Steam users before the free-to-play era will still be able to download and get updates through Steam, however those that purchased the game through Steam before the change will still be able to play the game.
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Cross-play is already available in Rocket League, but now users will be able to bring items, Rocket Pass progress and competitive ranking to every platform they choose to play on, through an Epic Games Account. Psyonix said in a statement that they will share more information about how this will work, as well as tournaments and challenges system updates, in the coming months.
Those that purchased the game before the switch will be given "Legacy Status," which includes early releases and cosmetic exclusives, including a Golden Cosmos Boost (and Faded Cosmos Boost if you played online before Tuesday), Dieci-Oro Wheels, a Huntress Player Banner, an "Est. 20XX" title that will show when you started playing Rocket League and early access to Rocket League-branded downloadable content before free-to-play users.
The popular soccer title with a vehicular twist has enjoyed more than 75 million players since its launch in 2015, according to the developer, and currently sells for $19.99 on Steam.