Rocket League will no longer have real money loot crates available for purchase, later this year. The Rocket League loot boxes were introduced in September 2016, and have included cosmetics players could buy into crates for a chance to get. The developer, Psyonix, released a blog post earlier today that they're replacing the crates with a new system to directly purchase items. Their full statement is available below.
"Here at Psyonix, and Epic Games as a whole, we are dedicated to creating the best possible experience for our players all over the world. In pursuit of that goal, later this year we will remove all paid, randomized Crates from Rocket League, replacing them with a system that shows the exact items you’re buying in advance. This is similar to changes implemented earlier this year by the Fortnite Save the World team.
Rocket Pass Premium, DLC Cars, and Esports Shop items will continue to be offered for direct purchase alongside our new system.
We will share more information, including timelines and roll-out specifics, in the coming months."
Psyonix has been responding to some comments in the Rocket League subreddit regarding the announcement. It's not known when the crate system will no longer exist, however, Psyonix said crates will be replaced with a usable alternative when they're removed.
Others are wondering how the crate removal will affect those that trade crate items if they're no longer in the game. The removal of crates would make keys for unlocking crates useless and Psyonix responded saying, "Keys will still be sold while the Crate system remains in-game. After the Crate system is removed, the value of any remaining keys in a player’s inventory will be honored. We’ll have more information in the coming months."
It comes as no surprise the Psyionix team is trying to get away from loot boxes with them being controversially compared to gambling. Back in April 2019, we reported on crates no longer being allowed in Rocket League in Belgium and the Netherlands.