Back in August, Psyonix revealed its intention to remove loot crates from Rocket League. Now, the developer has released some information about the system that will be replacing Crates. Going forward, instead of Crates, you'll receive Blueprints. This update lands in December.
Blueprints are intended to give players more transparency in terms of what they're purchasing. After you play a match of Rocket League, you'll have a chance to get a Blueprint. When you receive one, it'll show you exactly what you can craft from it, along with a set price. Once it's in your inventory, you can either choose to pay to craft a Blueprint right then and there, or you can leave it in your inventory and choose to craft it later. Blueprints, like Crates, will come with special attributes like Certified and Painted.
Along with Blueprints, the December update for Rocket League will introduce a new rotating Item Shop. This new shop will offer a wide variety of new items, legacy Crate content, and the debut of long-awaited items such as the Titanium White Dominus. Each Item Shop purchase will be bound to your account, so you can't trade them. Psyonix is also replacing Rocket League's Keys currency with Credits. You'll use Credits to buy stuff from the Shop and create items from Blueprints.
When the Blueprint system goes live, all of your Keys will be converted to Credits. This'll happen the first time you log into the game after the update. Every Crate you currently have in your possession will be converted to a Blueprint of the same series. Before this happens, though, there's one last special Crate to get. The Vindicator Crate comes to Rocket League tomorrow and will feature the new Sentinel Battle-Car and Neuro-Agitator Goal Explosion.
Another change that's coming to Rocket League concerns the Trade-In system. Once Blueprints go live, you won't be able to use paid content with the game's Trade-In system. This means items you get from Blueprints, the Shop, or legacy stuff can't be traded in after the update. You'll still be able to trade in free post-game drops; this only applies to paid content.
Rocket League gets Blueprints in December. Psyonix says it'll have more to share on this system as we near the update's release date. Stay tuned.
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