The Rocket League free-to-play release date and details have finally been unveiled by Psyonix, giving us a good look at what we can expect when this vehicle-based soccer game switches to a new pricing model in September 2020.
Right now, Rocket League is a premium title that typically costs around $19.99 or your regional equivalent. It's been that way for the better part of its first five years, but the developers will soon be making a pretty big change: Rocket League is going free-to-play. Now, we've got details on what we can look forward to in this historic update!
Get hyped for the next era of vehicular soccer with the Rocket League Free-to-Play Cinematic Trailer!
What's in the Rocket League Free-to-Play Update?
There are essentially two phases to the Rocket League free-to-play update. The first part launches on September 16, 2020, so here's what's coming in tomorrow's patch:
- Cross-Platform Progression – Players will be able to link their platforms to their Epic Games account.
- Current owners eligible for Legacy Status will get the items they qualify for added to their inventory.
- Rocket League joins Epic Games' Support-A-Creator program. Use the Creator Code "TechRaptor" and you'll help support our site when you spend Credits in-game!
- Several small changes, including:
- New Quick Chats
- Heatseeker in Private Matches
- Larger item pool for Trade Ups
- Solo Standard removed
- New Bot difficulty
- New Merc Hitbox
- Rocket League X Monstercat Remixes
- Updated Menu
- Changes to Achievements
One week later, a second update will coincide with the Rocket League free-to-play release date. This update is going to be launching a bunch of new content for players to enjoy!
- The Epic Games Store Launch – People who add the game to their Epic Games Store library will receive a $10 coupon valid on games priced at $14.99 and up.
- Season 1 – A brand new season arrives with new tournaments, new competitive play, and more!
- New Game-wide challenges can reward players with XP and items.
- Two new packs arriving, including the Endo Starter Pack:
- Gaiden Wheels (Grey)
- Neo-Thermal Boost
- Friction Trail
- 500 Credits
- ...and the Jäger Pack:
- Jäger 619 (Titanium White)
- Apparatus Wheels (Titanium White)
- Toon Goal Explosion (Titanium White)
- 1,000 Credits
- The Fortnite Llama-Rama event launches; more details on this event will follow.
It should be noted that some things won't be coming on the Rocket League free-to-play release date. For example, Psyonix confirmed that the game won't have integration with Epic Game Store mods at launch.
When is the Rocket League Free-to-Play Release Date?
The Rocket League free-to-play release date is September 23, 2020. Once that date hits, you'll be able to jump right into the action and play!
One final reminder: Rocket League was already a game that had its fair share of microtransactions. That certainly won't be hanging with the free-to-play release. If you do decide to jump in, you should expect to see a storefront to buy cosmetics for tricking out your rocket-powered car.
If you're on PC, you can get ready for the game's launch on a new storefront by adding Rocket League to your wishlist on the Epic Games Store. You still have a few days left to buy Rocket League on Steam for $19.99 or your regional equivalent.
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