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July 21, 2020 1 min read
A few weeks ago, Psyonix pushed back the end of Rocket League's current competitive season to an undetermined future date so that the new season can coincide with the next update. Now it's clear why there's a need for a slight delay. Rocket League is about to get its biggest update in years, a fundamental shakeup to the game's entire ecosystem.
Rocket League is going free-to-play later this summer. That has been the prevalent prediction in the year since Psyonix was acquired by Epic Games, and it's finally coming to fruition. On PC, this means that Rocket League will be moving to the Epic Games Store and no longer sold/available to download on Steam. However, anyone who already owns Rocket League through Steam will be able continue launching there, and Psyonix vows to continue supporting Steam with updates and features that come to all the other storefronts.
The free-to-play update also ushers in cross-platform account merging. By linking consoles and/or PC to a single Epic Games Account, players will have access to cross-platform progression for their competitive ranks, item inventory, and Rocket Pass tiers and challenges. This is especially beneficial for people who started on one platform before switching to another (say Xbox to PC), and had to just accept that their old inventory was rendered useless and stuck somewhere they no longer play.
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