Rocket League: The Epic Way

When Epic bought Psyonix a while back, the writing was already on the wall. Soon after, Psyonix dropped the Linux and Mac versions of the game, and now, as the game becomes Free to Play, it has finally become what we all feared it would be: an Epic Store exclusive:

Rocket League will release on the Epic Games Store on PC the same time it goes free to play. This version of the game will be identical to the version found on other platforms, and will feature cross-platform play anywhere you play Rocket League, including between the Epic Games Store and Steam.

It’s not exactly the end of the road if you were already playing Rocket League on Steam. You will apparently still be able to continue playing (for how long?), while it won’t be available for new Steam players anymore.

Once Rocket League goes free to play, anyone who already owns Rocket League on any platform (including Steam) will be able to play and enjoy the game with full support for future updates and features. However, the Steam version will no longer be available to download for new players. To put it simply, wherever you play now (including Steam), you’ll still be able to play in the future.

In April 2020, I fantasized that things could go 2 ways once the official support was gone:

1) to include some anti-cheat technology that has no Linux support, 2) to remove Rocket League from Steam altogether and make Rocket League an Epic Games Store exclusive, where Linux support is virtually non-existent apart from setting up your own Lutris client and hoping for the best.

Looks like the second one has come to pass. The sellouts people at Psyonix, after building their success on the shoulders of the Steam community, ended up leaving for a poorer, anti-competitive, Windows-only platform.

Surely that must be what progress looks like.


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Van

That is one salty take.

Captain Obvious

I don’t think it’s that bad.. They say the Steam version will continue to receive updates, and this development actually brings some great news in the form of account sync/platform migration – it seems we’ll be able to take all our existing unlocks and purchased cosmetics and play on other platforms. That’s great for console players like me who always wanted better framerates but didn’t want to buy the game a second time on newer PCs.

Chews

Uh… What? Rocket League has been out for five years. If Mac and Linux users wanted to buy it… They would have got it by now, then they would realize it is a futile exercise to play computer games seriously on anything other than Windows…

That’s one salty clickbait.

GibsGames_

Rocket league stopped being available on Mac and Linux last year, or rather no updates and no online play.

You probably don’t actively play the game, because this is gonna be huge for the game. You’re just trying to hop on the I hate epic bandwagon.

Free to play is gonna be great, active updates for steam and cross progression means you won’t lost anything. You’re just being salty for no reason

Guy Babstock

Terrible news, epic are genuinely hopeless, I would advise keeping your accounts as far away from being linked by Epic as possible.
One of their other games completely locked me out of my switch and Xbox due to a “temporary account” and a “failed link”.
This lasted a month and I ended up creating new users for both as they were unable to help me after daily back and forths via email.

Worst company I’ve ever dealt with.

Sk33t C4nn0n

Fuck Psyonix and fuck EGS. Both are China-loving, commie micro-penis suckers.

Piet

China Ten-Cent company owned which in my mind not a good thing. Soon enough they get to brainwash their users with their commie propaganda and one of the biggest reasons I tried China-Nite but gave it up soon I realised who this all belonged to.