What Rocket League going free to play means for you if you already own the game

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After five years, Rocket League will finally be going free-to-play

It’s been five years since Psyonix’s cars-meets-soccer game, Rocket League, first unleashed vehicular mayhem on the PlayStation 4 and PC. Even today it’s still going strong across a plethora of platforms including Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Now five years old, Rocket League will be making a peaceful transition to the other side; it will be going free-to-play this summer. The shift to a free-to-play model obviously makes sense at this point in the game’s lifecycle.

With sales having likely slowed down, it’s probably best for Psyonix to remove the gated paywall and invite everyone to participate in some soc-car. Grow the player base even more and rely on microtransactions to fuel the game moving forward.

For those who already own the game or played it prior to going free-to-play, you’ll be rewarded with “Legacy” status which means you’ll receive the following:

  • 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

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I’m assuming this applies to someone like me who got Rocket League for free when it was made available through PlayStation Plus. Additionally, the summer update will include “major changes” to the Tournaments and Challenge systems, although Psyonix didn’t go into much detail on that.

In addition to going free-to-play, Rocket League will be making its debut on the Epic Games Store. As a result, the Steam version will no longer be available to download for new players; however, this shouldn’t affect you if you already own the game via Steam. You’ll still get all the free Legacy bonuses. Additionally, cross-platform progression for item inventory, Rocket Pass and Competitive Rank will be enabled by linking to an Epic Games Account.

Rocket League will go free to play later this summer, but Psyonix did not offer a specific date.