The free-to-play model is something of a divisive mechanism in the gaming world. On the one hand the game is free. On the other hand your wayward 10 year old might spend your life savings making their in-game character look like a golden banana. Remember when Fortnite was a fort building, hoard defending co-op game? No? Neither does anyone else. So it should come as little surprise that developer Epic announced in a tweet last night that recently acquired football-racing game Rocket League will be free to play on the Epic store this summer.
In a blog post linked in the tweet, Epic revealed that this would mark the “next chapter” for Rocket League. As for game-play implications, Epic goes on to reveal that this development will enable cross-platform play, much like Fortnite does today.
“The core game-play will remain the same, but we are refining the main menus to make exploring the game easier. Plus, we’re revamping and improving major features like Tournaments and Challenges, and introducing cross-platform progression!”Taken from the Epic Blog
This will coincide with the game’s release on the somewhat controversial Epic Store, whilst new players will no longer be able to access the title via Steam. For existing customers who paid full whack, Epic announced that they will receive a slew of rewards, as follows;
- All Rocket League-branded DLC released before free to play
- “Est. 20XX” title that displays the first year you played Rocket League
- 200+ Common items upgraded to “Legacy” quality
- Golden Cosmos Boost
- Dieci-Oro Wheels Huntress Player Banner
Hard-earned inventory will be retained, with players able to bring items, Rocket-Pass progress and competitive rank over to the new multi-platform release, on the proviso that you sign up for an Epic Store account, of course. Well, where else will you spend your V Bucks?
Epic Games Give Zero (V) Bucks
All very generous, you might think. But in a world where even EA acknowledges that micro-transactions and paid-for progression might be a thing of the past, whether this will be a step forward for the industry is certainly open for debate. A free to play experience in the hands of an adult, capable of weighting the benefits of rainbow-puke tail-lights against next week’s groceries is fine and dandy. Just keep your cards out of reach, lest little Johnny spend his collage fund 10 years too soon.
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