Late last night Epic Games announced that it had acquired Psyonix, the developer behind Rocket League, leaving the game’s future on Steam in question.
This, of course, is pretty big news as this acquisition is a pretty big one. It was last reported that Rocket League had sold over 10.5 million copies across all platforms with over 57 million registered players. What might be the bigger, overshadowing news, however, is that it’s being reported that Rocket League will be removed from sale on Steam and become an Epic Games Store exclusive.
It’s no secret that Epic Games has pulled out all the stops in an attempt to thwart Steam’s dominance on the PC marketplace bringing titles like Metro: Exodus, The Division 2, and many more to Epic Games Store, however, these are all previously unreleased titles. This would be the first time that they’ve pulled a well-established game from Steam in order to grab exclusivity.
According to reports, Rocket League is to transition over to the Epic Games Store by “late 2019” in which players will no longer be able to purchase the game from Steam. Existing owners will still be able to play via Steam and Psyonix will “continue to support” the game, including patches, DLC, and other content.
In short, Psyonix has clarified that nothing will change at all for existing owners of the game.
Since then, however, Epic Games and Psyonix has clarified some things. In a statement to US Gamer Epic has said, “We are continuing to sell Rocket League on Steam, and have not announced plans to stop selling the game there. Rocket League remains available for new purchasers on Steam, and long-term plans will be announced in the future.”
Of course, the statement is left pretty open-ended with the whole “long-term plans” caveat. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what’s in store for Rocket League on PC in the future.