Rocket League, the cross-genre arena battler is leaving the Steam platform. The sequel to Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars will be free to play on Epic Games. The acquisition of both Pysonix and Rocket League was announced by Epic Games on May 2019. Rocket league is a video game which combines both car racing and soccer. Created by Psyonix, the game is also available on Play Station 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The game is one of the most popular games on Steam and consoles often achieving 70,000 concurrent players.
In the Psyonix news release the game developer stated that it, “Will be the biggest one yet and will include major changes to the Tournaments and Challenge systems. It will add cross-platform progression for players’ item inventory, Rocket Pass progress, and Competitive Rank.”
There will also be a bunch of rewards for players who have played before the free-to-play transition. This move is another push by Epic Games to establish its brand as a legitimate alternative to Steam. The added competition should be an exciting prospect for consumers.
Rocket League is an esport as well and is currently in their 9th season. The pro scene for the divided into for major regions, North America, Europe, Oceania and South America.