So, let’s backtrack a little bit. A few months back. May 1st 2019, Psyonix is acquired by Epic Games, or as they say “joining the Epic Games family“. You know, the family of game developers who live to disrespect and spit on their customers and fans. Like, Shen Mue 3, which was supposed to be sold in Steam at launch (Kickstarter promise) and was suddenly reverted to a timed-exclusive on the Epic Games Store without any kind of consultation for those who supported the project? Yeah, that kind of “family“. It’s a good thing honor and self-respect are not a thing anymore.
I love how Psyonix said back on May 1st 2019, “now that we have joined forces with Epic, we will be able to serve our community in even bigger and better ways!“. Apparently bigger and better ways means dropping official support for Mac and Linux starting from March 2020. Because “lack of resources” even thought it was all supposed to be… better and bigger. Wait, what? Didn’t they say back in May 2019… “We think this is a great move for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem because it significantly increases our potential reach and resources“. So more resources, but less resources at the same time? Color me… confused?!
“We believe that bringing Rocket League to new audiences with more support is a win for everybody.” A win for everybody, except the ones you left behind I guess? So not really “for everybody“. Do you guys suffer from Alzheimer to completely forget what you publicly wrote just MONTHS before?
“We are the same team that we’ve always been, only now, we have the power and experience of Epic Games behind us!“. So much power! I have to say, I am really impressed.
Psyonix, you guys are complete sell-outs with absolutely no principles. But hey, it’s your prerogative. I am guessing the next step will be to retire the game from Steam altogether, and make it an Epic Games Store exclusive since this is what your “family” loves doing: removing freedom from end users and locking everything down in a single place. Fitting for a company owned by the CCP.
And to anyone who thought that the December 2019 PR move from Epic Games (giving some pocket change to the Lutris team) was a sign of Linux support, well you have been soooo fooled. If Epic did care about Linux as a platform they would do none of the things they are doing now, whether directly or thru their extended “family“. Their business practices are despicable: the only goal that matters to them is pure market domination thru zero-sum games. They are not even trying to compete with services. Pure land grabbing and rent seeking.
For anyone who still care about Rocket League, well know that you will be able to keep playing it via Proton for the time being (until the game is retired from Steam at some point?).
It’s still a damn good game, a shame it ended up in the witches’ den.
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