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May 01, 2019 2 min read
In a surprise announcement this afternoon, Rocket Leaguecreator Psyonix confirmed its plans to join Epic Games. The deal is expected to go through "near the end of May to early June 2019," and while the developer has answered several immediate questions, there are many more specifics left to share.
Psyonix insists that Rocket League's gameplay won't be any different and they'll remain the "same team" as always, albeit with "the power and experience of Epic Games behind us."
"In the short term, nothing will change at all! We're still committed to providing Rocket League with frequent updates that have new features, new content, and new ways to play the game for as long as you’ll have us. In the long-term, we expect to bring Rocket League to the Epic Games store and to leverage our new relationship to grow the game in ways we couldn’t do on our own before."
As for esports, Psyonix said that "We think this is a great move for the Rocket League Esports ecosystem because it significantly increases our potential reach and resources, just like it does for the game itself. We really do believe that you'll find our future in esports to be very exciting."
What exactly this means for long-time Rocket Leagueplayers on Steam – and how the inevitable changes will go down – remains to be seen. But the writing's on the wall. Epic is making moves. Psyonix expects the game to appear on the Epic storefront in "late 2019." Up until that point, PC players will be able to buy Rocket Leagueon Steam, and it will "continue to be supported" for existing buyers.
Worth noting: Rocket Leagueis consistently one of the most-played games on Steam. It stands alongside PC gaming titans like CS:GO, Dota 2, PUBG, Football Manager, and Rainbow Six Siege.
Psyonix is Joining the Epic Family! [Rocket League]
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