Earlier today, Epic Games announced that it will be acquiring Rocket League developer Psyonix. The terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, but Epic’s announcement has led many to believe that the vehicular soccer game will be removed from Steam.
The following portion of Epic’s press release has caused quite a stir within the gaming community:
“The PC version of Rocket League will come to the Epic Games store in late 2019. In the meantime, it will continue to be available for purchase on Steam; thereafter it will continue to be supported on Steam for all existing purchasers.”
Although it sounds as if Rocket League is shifting stores, that is apparently not the case. Speaking with US Gamer, an Epic Games spokesperson clarified that the game is not being taken off steam. However, they also claimed that “long-term plans” for the game will be shared later. We don’t exactly know what that means, but one logical assumption is that Rocket League may leave Steam after its release on the Epic Games Store.
Epic’s statement also had Rocket League’s Steam player base worried, who thought they were being abandoned. The company has now clarified that owners of the game “will still be able to play Rocket League on Steam with all of the content they’ve previously purchased, same as always.”
It’s good to know that Rocket League’s Steam community lives to fight another day, but this leads to another worrying thought. If Epic were to pull the game off Steam in the future, would that mean no more content updates for existing players? Developer Psyonix claims that the game will receive “frequent updates”, but they didn’t mention if that would still be the case for Steam users if the game is removed from the store.
We’ll have to wait and see what Epic Games decides to do with Rocket League. In the meantime, Steam users will retain full access to the game.